Freetronics: Arduino-Compatible Electronics Kits & Parts

Here at Freetronics we design, sell and support our range of flexible, easy to use boards and modules, making it easy for you to build your own electronic projects.

What Is Arduino? Arduino is a very popular and easy to use programmable board for creating your own projects. Consisting of a simple hardware platform and a free source code editor with an easy “one-click compile/upload” feature, it’s designed to be really easy to use without being an expert programmer. Arduino is also the most popular microcontroller board for advanced users and all kinds of more ambitious projects.... Read more

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Arduino Kits Online

Looking for an Arduino kit online then you have come to the right place. We design, sell and supply electronic components which are arduino components.
For Arduino kits in Melbourne then always go for Freetronics.

Arduino parts online

If you need Arduino parts online our store has a wide range of kits and parts. Arduino melbourne, arduino uno, arduino duemilanove usb

Arduino duemilanove

We have lots of Arduino electronic components like ethernet shield, arduino mega usb and buy usbdroid

Microcontroller Boards

We sell a huge range of microcontroller boards which will be compatible with adruino electronic components


April 16, 2014

Using Arduino to automate iPad game-playing

And now for something completely different - Uli Kilian has used the Arduino platform to automate the paying of the iPad game "Jurassic Park". Although this may seem like a fruitless pursuit, success in the game requries a high level of interaction - or paying for in-app purchases.

Thus Uli's device is programmed to press the required areas on the iPad screen to simulate user input. The system is created from LEGO Technics parts, and deftly moves and touches the iPad as shown in the following video:

So if you're really into these sorts of games, a system such as Uli's could be run overnight to help your play move forward. For more information, visit the article on Wired. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

Have you been reading about Arduino and would like to understand more so you can work with projects like the example above, but not sure where to start? Then order one of our Experimenter's Kit for Arduino: 

The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit. 

However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects! So to get started or for more information and to order, check out the product page.

April 16, 2014

Program ATtiny85s from a Raspberry Pi

After wanting to get into AVR programming - but not wanting to buy a dedicated programmer, Instructables member prb3333 came up with a solution based on the Raspberry Pi. The software side is simple, as the required toolchain and drivers for the SPI bus can be downloaded. The hardware can simply be connected to the GPIO pins of the Pi board, or fitted to a neat prototyping shield with an IC socket. 

Just remember that the Raspberry Pi is a 3.3V board - in case you're doing some in-circuit programming. For complete instructions, visit the project's Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're looking for a more permanent way to mount circuitry to your Raspberry Pi, check out our new PiBreak - the prototyping board for the Raspberry Pi. It provides labelled breakout pins for all GPIOs, a large prototyping area with solder pads, and power rails for easy power connection:

Furthermore the PiBreak also includes mounting hardware to firmly attach it to your Raspberry Pi using a nut, bolt, and spacer - and is compatible with all revisions of both model A and B Raspberry Pi computers. For more information about our new PiBreak board, our Getting Started guide, and to order - visit the product page

April 16, 2014

An Arduino-powered robotic camera dolly system

After receiving a set of parts for the Actobotics build system, Instructables staff member Randy Sarafan turned to the Arduino development platform to bring it to life. In his example Randy created a neat dolly system for cameras that can be controlled from a small touch screen. The system uses two Arduino boards, however they can communicate with each other via the I2C bus for full integration.

Furthermore by using two boards the device can travel along and tilt or pan the camera at the same time, which can offer some great photographic time-lapse or video effects - as shown in the following video:

A fascinating project, and also an interesting framework for dual Arduino systems. For complete details, visit the project Instructable page. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

 If you're looking into starting with Arduino and robotics, such as controlling a stepper motor (or DC motors) from your Arduino or compatible, check out our new HBRIDGE: DC/stepper motor shield. Based around the powerful Allegro A4954 H-bridge driver IC you can control two DC motors with complete ease, or one bipolar stepper motor. With connections for external power management, a complete beginners' guide and documentation - motor control couldn't be any easier. For more information and to order, visit the HBRIDGE: page

April 15, 2014

Build a wearable Arduino-powered message board

Before heading off to a robot festival, Matt Roy came up with a clever wearable message board device that's easy to build and quite fun. It's based on an Arduino-compatible circuit on some prototyping board and uses the typical MAX7219/LED matrix combination for a display unit. Once completed you can have a variety of text scroll across the display, or create your animations as shown in the following video:

Furthermore by adding Bluetooth it's possible to create a simple Android app to send the required text or commands from a smartphone for more interactive control. Either way, 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.

Need a tiny Arduino-compatible for use with your own projects? Then check out out our LeoStick. It's the Arduino Leonardo-compatible board that's cheaper and smaller than the original:

 Apart from being one of the smallest Arduino-compatibles on the market with USB, it also has an onboard RGB LED and piezo which can be used a knock sensor and various tune and sound effects. Plus you can add extra circuitry with the matching protostick! For more information and to order, click here.

April 15, 2014

Ardomotic - the open-source interactive web interface for Arduino

The process of creating Arduino-based automation systems is generally something tackled with great enthusiasm and a large amount of time, however with varying levels of success. This is why we're excited to learn about a new automation system called "Ardomotic" - and even though it's still in beta stage, it shows a lot of promise.

Ardomotic is a graphical interface for an Ethernet-enabled Arduino Mega or compatible board (such as our EtherMega), and allows the user to create automated systems that can turn device on or off, blink them, work with real time and timers, allow control via infra-red and much more. And just like the Arduino the Ardomotic system is open-source, so you can customise it even further if required. The creators introduce the system in the following video:

To learn more about Ardomotic, visit the website. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.

If you're enjoying working with Arduino projects but find the Uno-sized boards somewhat constricting - it's time to move up to the Freetronics EtherMega:

Quite simple the EtherMega is the fully-loaded Arduino-compatible board on the market today. Apart from being completely Arduino Mega2560-compatible, it includes full Ethernet interface, a microSD card socket, full USB interface, optional Power-over-Ethernet support and still has a circuit prototyping area with extra I2C interface pins. So if your project is breaking the limits, upgrade to the EtherMega today. 

April 14, 2014

Making an Arduino-controlled replica vintage sign

Vintage neon and other merchandising signage can be quite expensive it found in working condition, however with a little effort you can reproduce your own version with an Arduino and a small amount of external circuitry.

One example of this is demonstrated by the "pscmpf", who uses Arduino-controlled solid-state relays to switch in and out bulbs which are fitted to a wooden arrow. The end result - once decorated appropriately - could fit into any 1950s scene or be used for all sorts of signage applications, and is demonstrated in the video below:

You can find information about this project on the creator's website. And  for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

If you're looking for a simple way to control many relays from your Arduino, without using up all your digital I/O pins - check out our RELAY8: driver shield:

So what is the RELAY8:? It's an Arduino shield that allows you to drive up to 8 relays from your Arduino using just 2 I/O pins with this shield. It communicates with your board using I2C, so you can even stack several shields together to drive 16, 24, or more outputs! Includes back-EMF protection and works with a wide range of relays. Perfect for home automation projects! For more information and to order, click here

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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