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Make your very own game console!

Connect it to the computer and program your own games

Follow the tutorials and learn all sorts of new skills

Tinker with MAKERbuino and expand it’s software and hardware

Submerge into the world of STEM

This starter kit has all the basic components needed for making your very own gaming device. Enter the world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) in a fun and addictive way. Some basic tools are needed for the assembly (tools listed below).

Price of the MAKERbuino kit: 39 € + shipping

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About the MAKERbuino kit

MAKERbuino comes as a kit, NOT assembled. In the basic version of the kit, you’ll get the essential parts needed for assembling the basic MAKERbuino unit: circuit board, laser cut casing, battery and all needed electronic components.

 

What’s in the box?

In the starter pack you’ll get: 

  • MAKERbuino PCB 
  • laser cut back plate (has two pieces)
  • ATmega328P-PU microcontroller + 28 pin IC socket (for the ATmega328)
  • Nokia 5110 graphic LCD breakout board  x1
  • Li-Po charger board with micro USB port (TP4056 charging circuit)
  • Li-Po battery, 3.7V, cca. 750mAh with male JST connector (capacity might slightly vary in the final version)
  • female JST battery connector
  • 128MB SD card preloaded with games (for storing, loading and streaming files and programs)
  • SD socket
  • 16Mhz crystal
  • 3.3v voltage regulator (MCP1702-3302E) 
  • I2C pin headers (male + female) x2
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • 2N2222A NPN transistor
  • 100uF capacitor x3
  • 100nf capacitor x2
  • 22pf capacitor x2
  • 100Ω resistor x1
  • 10kΩ resistor x2
  • 4.7kΩ resistor x2
  • 2kΩ resistor x1
  • 1KΩ Trim pots x2
  • 1N4148 diode x1
  • big clicky pushbuttons with button caps x7
  • mini slide toggle switch x2
  • 8Ω 0.5W 36mm speaker
  • ISP port angle header pins
  • Serial port angle header pins
  • Breakout port angle header pins
  • USB to rs232 adapter board (a board for conneccting your MAKERbuino to the computer)
  • set of screws, nuts and spacers needed for fixating the screen and the back plate

 

Not included in the kit (but you’ll most likely need it):

tools and equipement needed for building the MAKERbuino

  • a soldering iron
  • some solder
  • wire cutters
  • standard screwdriver that fits M3 screws
  • some super glue or a hot glue gun
  • vacuum desoldering pump (optional)
  • soldering wick (optional)
  • multimeter (optional)

*parts and tools listed above are available in almost any better tools and electronics shop

Be creative!

MAKERbuino was meant to be hacked. Our goal is to encourage people to become creative makers and explorers of the wonderful world of DIY electronics.
MAKERbuino allows you to develop your hardware and software skills. Make video games, explore new hardware solutions, learn from numerous tutorials and share your work with the community.
Change the button caps, code a Pokemon-like video game, connect a GPS module, turn your MAKERbuino into a robot car…

Every MAKERbuino is unique, just like you are

 

To emphasize that, you can customize your MAKERbuino with changeable button caps, custom casings or wacky expansion modules.
MAKERbuino’s laser cut casing can easily be changed, customized and replaced with your very own 3D printed casing. Our example 3D model files of the casing can be downloaded from Thingieverse and are free to modify, recreate and print on your own.


A long-lasting rechargeable battery

 

 It will provide your MAKERbuino with more than enough power for many hours of gameplay or powering your numerous extensions. Tech specs: single cell Li-Po 3.7V, 800mAh


Arduino compatible

 

MAKERbuino is programmed in C/C++ in Arduino – the most popular open source microcontroller platform for makers – and compatible with numerous Arduino related examples of manipulating with various hardware and software components.
It’s based on the same chip used by the Arduino UNO board. Therefore, MAKERbuino is compatible with all Arduino UNO software libraries available online.

Do you wish to know a bit more about MAKERbuino's technical spefications?

Check out the detailed hardware specification guide. Click the button below!

to the tech-specs page

Who is this kit for?

Our estimation is that an 11 year-old kid should be able to assemble the MAKERbuino with a tiny bit of help from an adult. Therefore, estimated age group is 11+.
Estimated build time: 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Build time varies and depends on the skills of the person and if the person has ever soldered before. MAKERbuino was made with the purpose of bringing STEM to people in a fun and interesting way. Despite that, it is not the best entry level kit and if you never soldered before you should think about doing some preparatory practice or soldering a simpler kit.

If you’re interested in details of the process of assembling the MAKERbuino, take a look at the basic MAKERbuino “Getting started” build guide:

check out the build guide


What you’ll learn with the MAKERbuino

MAKERbuino’s main goal to educate and motivate you to learn something new or brush the skills you already have. In the process of making the MAKERbuino, following our tutorials and developing your own MAKERbuino compatible software and hardware you’ll learn:

  • how to solder
  • what are the basic electronic components and what is their function
  • how can electronic components be connected and why
  • what are microcontrollers and some basics of digital electronics
  • how to program a microcontroller in C/C++
  • what are 3D printers and how to modify and design your own unique 3D printed casing
  • how to extend beyond MAKERbuino’s capabilities by adding various expansion modules

Skills that might come in handy

MAKERbuino comes as a DIY kit. It requires basic soldering and assembly skills to put together.
This kit was designed to be assembled as easy as possible. However, if you never soldered before, it might be a good idea to get some practice first. Nevertheless, with enough patience and care, a total newbie can assemble this kit by precisely following these build instructions.

Skills that will ease the process of assembling the MAKERbuino:

  • basic soldering experience (some preparatory experience)
  • ability to recognize the basic electronic components