I finally got round playing with my AVRASP v2.0 boards. The ones Sleepwalker3 mentioned. Thanks mate!
I bought three USBASP v2.0 on ebay for under £1.50 each. They each came with a short cable (5×2 sockets at each end). However, they do not come with the JP2 header soldered on. Solder it or you won’t be able to re-flash the on-board ATmega8 chip. JP3 on the other hand has been deprecated. It may still have some use in your own projects. You decide!
Then download some software (this is for Windows): To use the USBASP programmer with the Arduino IDE, you will need to download the driver, latest firmware and WinAVR-20100110-install.
Using a USBASP v2.0 as a cheap ATmega8 Arduino platform - [Link]
Here’s a pool cleaner robot built on ATmega by Davide Gironi:
My replacement electronics it is based on ATmega8 micros.
The project is divided into two parts:
The timer contains the 220 AC to low voltage DC current, and it is out of water, his purpose is to start and stop the cleaning pool robot, which of course is inside the swimming pool.
ATmega based pool cleaner robot - [Link]
This project is a USB to Serial converter using an ATMEL AVR microcontroller. There are two version of the converter, one with SMD parts and another with TH parts. The mcu used is an ATmega8 and USB communication is done using software on AVR mcu. It’s based on the software USB implementation of AVR-CDC. Firmware can be downloaded from the download section of CDC-RS232.
USB to Serial Converter using AVR microcontroller - [Link]
A DIY guitar pickup winding machine built on ATmega8 by Davide Gironi:
A pickup winding machine it is used to wind a guitar pickup.
The core of this project is an ATmega8.
configurable motor speed
This winder has an LCD display that will show
the current motor direction
the rotating speed of your pickup
the total and current wind counter
A pickup winding machine built on an ATmega8 - [Link]
This is a complete mobile MP3 player and first mp3-player with ATmega8 and Nokia 6100 color display.
An demo firmware and gerber file for board will be available soon.
This player has capability to play wav and mp3 files and view BMP files on 8 or 24 bits/pixel from a MicroSD card with maximum capacity 2GB, the format of the SD is FAT32 with clusters from 512 Bytes to 32768Bytes, the filesystem has no limits in number of directories and files.
For future i want to adapting the SD driver for SDHC because the filesystem is designed to use all capacity of fat32 ( 2TB in 512Bytes/sector)
List of features:
Play Wav and MP3 Files because the VS1011a only this files is capable to decode( but for future in this project i want to include the VS1053 chip to play more file formats.
View Bitmap files on 8Bit and 24 bit/pixel
This project is in asm language and my 100% own libraries
DiY: most tiny MP3 player with ATmega8 VS1011a and Nokia6100 Display - [Link]
Microchips – are indeed can be considered a black box – as long as it’s working you normally don’t look inside.
But what if you want to?
Today we’ll show how to “open” chips and what’s inside.
How to «open» microchip and what’s inside? - [Link]
Andrea Biffi build a nice vertical nixie clock using ATmega8 mcu. He writes:
After the success of my first nixie clock made out from a rosewood block, I decided to lose no time and to carry on with the next one. As some of you guys already know, or imagine, lately I’m indeed a little bit addicted to nixie-mania. I’ve bought many nixie tubes on eBay, and I experienced in electronics so to build my own high voltage power supply and then the ultimate nixie clock circuit. Digits for this clock are nice rounded and fully transparent IN-4 tubes, the same I used in the first model, but as I previously announced, I aligned them vertically, so to read from top to bottom hours, minutes, and seconds. Indeed you will see the undeniable influence of Max Pierson’s vertical clock. I guide you now through the full process to make your own unique nixie clock.
Vintage style nixie wall clock - [Link]
Hemal Chevli blogged about his transistor tester project:
It has mega-8 as the brain, lcd to show specs of the transistor like which pin is which, what type of transistor it is eg NPN,PNP, N-MOSFET,P-MOSFET, etc., many components can be tested like different types of transistor, diodes, resistors etc, the good thing about this is that it also shows which leg is which, no need to open the data sheet
Transistor tester project - [Link]
Scott Harden writes:
In an effort to resume previous work [A, B, C, D] on developing a crystal oven for radio frequency transmitter / receiver stabilization purposes, the first step for me was to create a device to accurately measure and log temperature. I did this with common, cheap components, and the output is saved to the computer (over 1,000 readings a second). Briefly, I use a LM335 precision temperature sensor ($0.70 on mouser) which outputs voltage with respect to temperature.
Precision temperature measurement - [Link]
Hercules Trapierakis writes:
This is a copy paste tool of George’s Homemade Soldering Station but with some improvements and not with a PIC but with an AVR ATMEGA8 uC. I have changed the way that the information is displayed also you can adjust the P I D values and it has a safe mode option – that it will turn off the soldering iron if it is not used for a certain amount of time.
Homemade Soldering Station - [Link]