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New Really Bare Bones Board from Modern Device Company

Paul of Modern Device Company dropped me a note about the new version of his Arduino compatible RBBB and offered to sponsor a comment contest! You may have seen the new Arduino Nano in recent news. Well Modern Device company has one of those as well. As with all the bare bones boards, the RBBB is compatible with the standard Arduino and offers a competitive option. There are several hardware options for Arduino development all of which are fully compatible with the free open source development tools.

We are happy to welcome Modern Device Company as the most recent sponsor of giveaways at uCHobby. More information about the contest in the full post.

The best news is that they have a special sale and are sponsoring a contest here at uCHobby! To celebrate the release of the official Arduino Nano Modern Device Company is having a great sale on the RBBB board and kits. You can get 3 assembled RBBBs for the price of one official Arduino Nano. If you are interested in getting into microcontroller development then Arduino is a great starter platform. If you need a good price then now is a good time to pick up an RBBB.  Be sure and tell Paul that uCHobby sent you so he will sponsor more giveaway contests.

RBBB Arduino Comment Contest!
We have 5 kits to give away! As we have done in past contest, we will select two of the best idea comments for interesting projects using the RBBB and three more at random. The random comment can be on any subject related to the Arduino Nano or the RBBB. The idea comment should be a suggested or planned project idea. We will put each commentors name in once then select the random winners in June. Paul and/or I will select the two best idea comment winners based solely on our opinion of the project idea.

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  1. Chris Daman says

    I lead an afterschool robotics program and plan on moving over to the RBBB platform. The boards are easy to use with a breadboard, come as a kit ready to be put together and best of all, I can order one for each student without blowing our budget.

    We live in an apple producing part of the world and one project that the RBBB would be great for is the counting of trees via IR and ultrasonic sensors. the slim profile of the RBBB would allow us to place the processor out on the end of a long stick already mounted to the tractor, close to the sensor sensors. We already have the software soloution to spot trees but were getting hung up on the size and cost of other development boards.

  2. Joseph Yumul says

    yeah! 😀

  3. bethoven says

    it can be used as a controller for a led matrix runnging message 🙂

  4. bethoven says

    hmmmm….. it is july but until now no winners 😕

  5. Eitan G. says

    I thought of using the board to control a snake robot because the board is so small it would work great in the snake shape with a few servos

  6. Joey says

    I have personally had an idea for a project since first coming across the BBB about a year ago. With the use of the RBBB board, or multiple boards, I would like to design an animatronic hand that would sit on a desktop, bedside table, anywhere you can imagine.

    The hand would be connected via wireless to the internet to check email. When new email is received, the hand would hold up the appropriate number of fingers to show the amount of new email waiting.

    I also think it would be kind of weird for it to have some type of PIR sensor that would allow it to since movement, and turn, wave, flip the finger, something to whoever entered the room.

    I personally have a strange sense of humor and art.. so.. i think it would be cool to do.

  7. Jeremy L says

    Well I could think of 101 ways to tell your loved one that you can love them with the RBBB 😀 It’s nice and compact so you can fit it into small places to control anything from LEDs to LCDs. Another neat idea might be for this upcoming forth of July… Build a system to auto launch your fireworks so you can enjoy the fun and not be sparked by the fireworks as you light them. 😀

  8. Bob Ryan says

    I purchased four of the previous revision RBBB boards and have had nothing but great success with them. For anyone curious what the differences are, it appears they’ve added the auto-reset capacitor (rather than giving directions for a hack), a barrel jack for power, a protection diode, and moved from surface mount to thru-hole resistors in imo better locations. There is also a power-indicator LED (although I suppose it could be d13 diagnostic LED also). The overall size of the device appears to be ~1cm longer than the previous revision.
    These boards are a great way to get started with uC programming in an easy to use environment with tons of online support and resources. The default bootloaders are also greatly improved over the official arduino, removing many of the unnecessary delays.

  9. Jamie says

    I’d like to build a music player controller “cube” with possibly also an ambient information feature. The RBBB might just be small enough, and even if it isn’t it will help me prototype the design.

    I like BrandonU’s idea too.

  10. BrandonU says

    With fuel prices continuing to rise, I’d like to build a Miles Per Gallon gauge for my car. I’d like it to give instantaneous MPG and a couple of averages , like past 10 mins, since start up, and tank. Maybe seeing how much of a drop in MPG my lead foot causes can help stretch my gas $$$ a bit more, and put a little bit more in my pocket for my electronics projects.

  11. Kelvin says

    My suggestion is for a xbox360 controller key press recorder, many fighting games have multiple key combos that are har dto do, a simple serial interface could be used to download the scripts for the key presses.

    4 extra buttons on the bottom of the controller will allow playback of these macros. I think this device could be adapted to any controller.

  12. Felixe says

    My suggestion: a board that you plug on your phone line and answers after 5 rings. Then it lets you turn on/off a row of relays controlled with the digital pins. As many as you need.

    (It will need a DTMF decoder, a power supply and a signal conditioning circuit for the phone line signals)


  13. Kevin Groce - KE4UIL says

    Well here is my idea I came up with yesterday while watching my son Alex play with one of his toys and also playing with one of my radios. One of his favorite toys is that of Lighting Steve from the Disney movie Cars. This car responds to the motion of him picking the toy up and moving in the air like a race car and makes noises like a race car peeling out and then says a quote from the movie and screeches to a halt when he stops suddenly. I thought hey I could make him a toy like that! The other day he was sitting with me while I was talking one of the local repeaters and he was so fascinated with all the knobs and buttons (favorite phrase of excitement is Woooha!) and I also wanted to incorporate this into a toy for him. This board has a great form factor to make a toy for my soon to be two year old. Since it is Arduino compatible I should have no problem interfacing an accelerometer and the like. I love the fact my son is so interested in my hobbies and as soon as he is old enough I will relish the time spent teaching him about them.

  14. Phillip J. Birmingham says

    I’d use one to control a sparge water heater and RIMS system for brewing beer.

  15. Daniel says

    Door Pass by monitor. Infared thingy that dings when you walk by.

  16. Kerry Snyder says

    Well, I’d like a boarduino to help make my robot smaller. Here it is: Right now I have an NG, and it makes the size unnecessarily large. Right now it can follow lines, but I hope to implement more features.

  17. dfowler says

    @Steve: Arduino-compatible means that the hardware will interface with the development platform and work just like an “official” Arduino. There maybe other differences however such as physical size or connector pin placement. For the most part, these differences are not a major burden unless you plan to use some hardware such as a shield board which may specifically require certain clearances and connector placements.

    So in summary I would say that Arduino-compatible means that the hardware is 100% compatible with the development platform software. But could have a varying degree of compatibility with devices that require some exact match with the connector layouts or other physical requirement.

    Perhaps one of the Arduino team will leave a comment to help clarify.

  18. follower says

    @Steve Chamberlin: Arduino-compatible can refer to both hardware- and/or software-compatibility.

    As regard your example, yes that would be a “standalone” Arduino-compatible circuit.


  19. Syd Kahn says

    A computer security device – use a real time clock module and a little software – the computer queries the RBBB with a number – the board computes a number based on the clock and sends back true if there is a match – add a display and its portable…

  20. Joseph Yumul says

    that’s a great stuff for controlling the automatic water irrigation for the ricefield with an Ultrasonic pest repeller instead for the traditional scarecrow that will make the ricefield more productive

  21. Dane says

    in terms of projects:
    adding intelligence to an RC car; like traction control (using encoders), collision prevention (using an ir / ultrasonic range-finder) would be a sweet application.

  22. Steve Chamberlin says

    Could someone explain what it specifically means to be Arduino-compatible? From what I understand, Arduino is basically a standard set of tools and libraries to be used with an ATMega microcontroller. I thought there was a physical size/pinout standard too, for supporting add-on shields, but the RBBB doesn’t appear to have that. So what exactly about this board makes it Arduino-compatible? It looks to be little more than a socket for the ATMega, along with the necessary crystal oscillators and a power jack. This isn’t meant to be a flame, but an honest question. What would prevent me from putting an ATMega into a breadboard, rigging up a connector to the programming pins, and calling it “Arduino compatible”?

  23. Anton says

    I’m working on an IR remote and motor controller for a tiny robot. I originally thought of using an ATTiny, but the ATMega would allow more features.

    The RBBB should be small enough that I can deadbug an IR receiver and a couple h-bridges on top and still be able to drive around. I’ve got the IR part and half an h-bridge cobbled up on a breadboard, but it is much too big to drive.

  24. Lamont says

    I’d like to build an automatic ping-pong cannon that uses pressurized air to launch ping-pong balls through a schedule 40 PVC barrel from a mid-stage pressurized PVC vessel. This RBBB would be small enough to fit against the housing of the cannon.

    Using the ADC or a comparator to measure a pressure transducer we would know when the mid-stage pressurized tank was ready to discharge through the barrel. And I’ll use a rapid-release solenoid triggered via relay from the RBBB to actually control the firing mechanism.

    An ultrasonic ranger could be hooked up to determine range to target, and displayed via LCD, also run through the RBBB. And opto-interrupters will also be hooked into the RBBB to determine if a ping-pong ball is in a firing position or not.

    Some of the additional pins can be used to light various LEDs signifying if the cannon is ready, empty or jammed.

  25. Matt says

    If they get any smaller are they going to become really really bare bones boarduino’s??

    Anyway project ideas, and given the size:
    Bedside clock with internet updates via xport connector (done a lot no doubt)
    Desktop alerting tool (mid way through prototyping this already) desktop app talks to larger server process and provides physical feedback (via arduino a like) to let you know what is going on. Think Homer monitoring a nuclear power plant.

  26. Daniel says

    I might as well start with the ideas.

    A PIC Programmer… haha (biased much?)