April 14, 2014

Build a desktop "Tamagotchi" with Arduino

After looking at an LED matrix, Instructables member Syst3mX recalled the classic hand-held virtual pet of the 1990s - the Tamagotchi. So after a little research and design work, they've created a desktop replica based around an Arduino-compatible circuit and LED matrix modules. 

The replica operates in a similar manner to the original, and requires the owner to feed, entertain, medicate and generally keep an eye on the home-made pet. However hopefully the efforts are rewarded with the use of some clever screen displays, as shown in the following video:

An interesting look back at an almost-forgotten fad of the 1990s, and a cool project as well. You can find complete details in the project Instructable. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

If you're wanting to make your own Arduino-compatible projects without a typical board, you'll need an ATmega328P MCUs with Arduino Uno bootloader:

This is the same Atmel AVR ATmega328P microcontroller used in the official Arduino Uno, as well as our ElevenEtherTenUSBDroid, and other boards. Perfect for building your own Arduino-compatible project directly on a breadboard or on a custom PCB, or for replacing the MCU in an existing board. Comes with the Arduino Uno bootloader pre-installed. Better still, it even has a special label stuck on top with details of the pinout, so you don't even need to look up the datasheet when connecting it up in your project! For more information and to order, click here!

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