This Arduino can be used for old school prototyping as well. Just use it as a standard ATmega8 and program it with the ISP connector. And it is one of the cheapest Arduino boards, that you can get. Arduino is a great prototyping platform and most of you probably know already about it. If not, check out the Arduino pages and the Arduino playground and dive into it.
Arduino Breadboard Clone – [Link]
This project describes how to measure temperature with Atmega8 and a thermistor and display it on a Nokia 3310 LCD. A thermistor is a device that changes its resistance with temperature. With a proper resistor divider network, the temperature can be measured by measuring the voltage across the thermistor. [via]
AVR displays body temperature on a Nokia 3310 LCD – [Link]
This article describes the design of a Text on TV project. It takes serial data and displays text on a TV screen. The hardware part of this project is pretty simple. It uses an Atmega8 microcontroller that runs with a 16 MHz crystal. The article provides the details on PAL and NTSC timing signals, as well as how to implement the signals in software. [via]
Monochrome Composite Video using Atmega8 – [Link]
This is a temperature and humidity sensor with serial output that can be read with a computer. An LCD display could be used with minor modification. The unit is based on Atmega8 microcontroller. It uses LM335AZ temperature sensor attached to AVR ADC port and NONEYWELL HCH-1000-002 humidity sensor. [via]
Temperature and humidity sensor with serial output - [Link]
This project is an RGB Superflux LED mirror based on ATMEGA8 AVR microcontroller and 16 RGB LEDs. LEDs are controlled by the microcontroller and combines the three basic colors (RED, GREEN, BLUE) to produce the rest colors. The color depth is 1 bit, that means it is on or off, so there are 8 colors in total including the white and black.
Superflux LED RGB Mirror - [Link]
RGB LED game to play Tic-Tac-Toe for two players. Uses 2 AVR Microcontrollers: Mega16 and Mega8. RGB LEDs allow each user to choose his/her color to represent Cross/Nut.
Electronic Tic-Tac-Toe with RGB LEDs - [Link]
LED Fader 2 is a project that can control up to 16 outputs, designed for driving LED’s. All 16 outputs are pulse width modulated, providing 256 levels of brightness at a refresh rate of 100 Hz. A script language, designed for controlling the outputs, is provided as well. The program is written in AVR assembler for the ATMega8 and Mega16 microcontrollers from Atmel. Check details on the link below.
LED Fader 2 - [Link]
This project shows how to build a temperature controlled soldering iron based on Atmega8 microcontroller. With this soldering iron you can set the desired temperature with two push buttons. Otherwise you can use three preset temperature buttons. Check schematic on the link below.
DIY Temperature Controlled Soldering Iron – [Link]
This project is a Data Acquisition System based on ATmega8 microcontroller. It is able to connect to a PC and receive the data on a nice user interface. Check schematic and code on the link below.
ATmega8 Data Acquisition System - [Link]