Review: AVR ISP Shield Kit for Arduino

AVR ISP Shiled

AVR ISP Shiled

I’ve had the pleasure of using ATtiny85 devices on previous projects like the ATtiny85 Christmas Bauble. I’ve had some ideas for some more projects but distractions have meant quite a long absence from the soldering iron; damn you Skyrim!

One of the things I’d planned to do was to make a shield for programming these devices rather than lashing them up each time on a breadboard. It’s a relatively easy circuit so the shield would not have been too difficult to produce. However, in the mean time I discovered that Phenoptix have produced the AVR ISP Shield Kit for Arduino. A kit of parts including a bespoke PCB for a price lower than I could have created a Veroboard version. Their version allows the programming of a range of similar devices, which my version wouldn’t have supported. I purchased and the kit was speedily delivered and well packaged.
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ATtiny85 Christmas Bauble

Figure 1 - Working Bauble

First use for the very tiny and very cool ATtiny85 microprocessor; the Christmas Bauble.

My first go at this shows my limited fabrication skills!  But it functions well & looks great in the dark.  The LEDs flash & chase around in various styles.

The only difficulty was soldering the button cell battery holder to the back of the veroboard.  Only a little melted plastic.  Picture below. Continue reading