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Announcing the Arno Kit, an Arduino-compatible “Beginner Kit on a Board”

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Announcing the Arno Kit, an Arduino-compatible “Beginner Kit on a Board”

Arno V1

Kevin and Peter Gould from Olympia Circuits started selling their own Arduino-compatible LeOlympia development boards at the various Maker Faires. In the course of demoing and talking to people they recognized the need for something even simpler to get people into the world of programming microcontrollers. The result is the Arno Kit and Book:

The Arno Kit is our answer to the problem of getting people over the “hump” and into the world of Arduino. We created the Arno board, a “beginner-kit-on-a-board,” and wrote a book that 1) covers the basics of electronics and programming, 2) explains how the circuits on the Arno board work, and 3) provides over 40 example sketches with explanations. With the Arno, we get rid of the bins of components, the jumper wires, and the solderless breadboard. The Arno is not a “shield” to be used with another board, rather it is a complete, functional development board with the basic set circuits already built-in and programmable from the Arduino IDE.

The Arno uses the ATMega32U4 microcontroller (like the official Leonardo), and integrates all of the project-ready inputs and outputs shown below:

arnocallout 2

Find out more by visiting Olympia Circuits.

6 thoughts on “Announcing the Arno Kit, an Arduino-compatible “Beginner Kit on a Board”

  1. Doug Johnson says:

    This is a cool idea. I finally got an Arduino and a couple of LEDs, but now I’m trying to pull together all the parts to run through a book and, yes, I know there are kits, but being able to buy one thing to get off the ground would have been nice. It’s the learning electronics part that is tough for me, at the moment, so anything that makes it easier without actually making it so simple that its boring is helpful.

  2. ElementsElectronics@eBay says:

    Looks like an excellent beginner’s kit with a lot of potential!

  3. cable smb bnc says:

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Shawn Wallace

Shawn Wallace is a MAKE contributor, artist, programmer, and editor living in Providence, R.I. He designs open hardware kits at Modern Device and organized the Fab Academy at the Providence Fab Lab. He makes iPhone synthesizers with the Fluxama collective and is a member of the SMT Computing Society.

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