January 15, 2015

Build an electronic scorekeeper for card games and more with AVR

There's almost a limitless number of games that can be enhanced or helped along with an electronics project, and card games are not excluded from this arena. An example of this is by Instructables member mkanoap who has created a great electronic scoring system that's embedded into a storage box for the game in play.

The system is powered by an ATtiny2313 microcontroller, and keeps track of scores for between onen and four players. The system can be setup and controlled from one player's side of the board, and uses a MAX7219 LED display driver IC to manage the eight LED digits with ease. A quick demonstration of the system is shown in the following video:

Futhermore if you'd like to make your own version, everything from the code to the PCB design files are included, so visit the project Instructable page to get started. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

If you find yourself working with AVR-based projects or uploading firmware to various projects - then you'll need our USBasp - the USB in-circuit programmer for Atmel AVR controllers. Based on the original design by Thomas Fischel, it's fully compatible with the Arduino IDE and all three major operating systems, using the USBasp is a cinch.

You can select 3.3V or 5V target voltages, supply power to your project via theUSBasp and even update the firmware on board yourself.  Furthermore we've included the ICSP cable and microUSB cable to it's ready to use out of the box. 

For more information including our Getting Started guide, design information and to order - please visit the USBasp product page. And to keep up with product announcements, we're on twitter and Google+ - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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