Have you ever wanted to learn how to solder? Or program your own video games? In this kit from Technology Will Save Us you can learn how to do both! Build your own handheld games console, solder together 40 parts to TWSU's custom circuit board and learn how to control your 8x8 LED matrix display. The gamer is controlled by an open-source platform called Arduino. Once you've built your console you can download free software here from Arduino to begin exploring the world of physical computing.
The amount of existing games you can learn to code or, use your imagination and invent from scratch is endless.
For beginners and ages 8 and up (with supervision). Hackable by more advanced makers using an Arduino.
- 1 Acrylic Casing (Front)
- 1 Acrylic Casing (Back)
- 1 Gamer Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
- 2 LED Matrix sockets
- 4 Header pins
- 1 8x8 Common Anode LED Matrix
- 1 Infrared Receiver
- 1 Light Dependent Resistor (LDR)
- 1 Infrared Transmitter
- 1 Light Emitting Diode (LED)
- 1 Extra LED (for use with your Arduino)
- 5 Nuts/ 3 Short Bolts/ 2 Long Bolts/ 3 Short Spacers/ 2 Long Spacers
- 4 Push Buttons
- 1 Power Switch
- 1 Start Button
- 2 Chips (1x 8 Bit Shift Register & 1x LED Driver)
- 2 DIL Sockets
- 1 1k Ohm Resistor
- 1 10k Ohm Resistor
- 2 9V Battery Contacts
- 1 Low Profile Buzzer
- 1 Arduino Uno Microcontroller
NOT INCLUDED IN KIT:
- Blue or White Tack (helpful for soldering)
- Soldering Iron
- Solder Sucker
- Wire Cutters
- Screw Driver (Philips Head)
Technology Will Save Us describes itself as a haberdashery for technology and education, with solder and LEDs in place of needles and thread.
Through schools and community outreach, founders Bethany Koby and Daniel Hirschmann are on a mission to help anyone become a maker of technology - a curiosity about the way things work being at the heart of what they do. TWSU's kits are accessible to all and combine essential, basic technological knowledge with projects that are smartly designed, genuinely useful and downright cool.
Technology Will Save Us are based in Hackney, East London.
Explore their resources and find out more about their work at www.techwillsaveus.com.