Life Before Arduino? GASP!

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So... what did we do before Arduino when we wanted to build stuff? Well, the options were really limited, complicated and quite honestly a bit frustrating.

Here is a project I made back in January of 2003 and was one of my first embedded projects I ever made.

I wanted to simulate Santa clause coming down the chimney and getting stuck (turn up the volume).

The design was centered around the popular microchip PIC16F877 which was a bad little microcontroller for its time.

It was interfaced to an ISD2560 sound module from a company called winbond.

The motor control was done via a simple BJT and of course the LED's were controlled directly from the microcontroller.

Notice the burning red led's in the wood sticks.

I built the diorama from scratch, chimney and all!


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