For running the miniEngine v1 you will need an Arduino Uno Board and the DFRobot Display shield for a minimal setup. With these components (and some breadboard magic) you are able to use the system as an intervalometer for your Camera. To avoid the flying wires and the breadboard I suggest a more integrated solution. You can go for a proto-board, or choose the miniE shield which is designed especially for miniE. You can buy it here: www.shop.airiclenz.com
first miniE shield (v1.3) fully assembled
most recent version 1.3 of the shield
For a full setup that uses all capabilities of the current version, you will need the following components:
- 1x Arduino Uno
- 1x DFRobot Display Shield
- 1x RTC module (optional: only needed for timed programs)
- 1x Stepper motor driver (e.g. EasyDriver)
- 1x Stepper motor fitting your requirements
- 1x Dolly system to control
- Computer running Windows, Linux, or OSX compatible with the Arduino IDE (v1.0 or later)
- Some additional material for wiring up all components (e.g. miniE shield board, wires, resistors, …)
Recent DFRobot shield hardware changes
It seems that DFRobot have changed their shield and that you will most likely receive one of the new ones if you buy now. The new hardware will only work properly with the original software code if you change the code slightly!
Here is the thread that covers the topic: http://forum.airiclenz.com/showthread.php?tid=56
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Everything you need to set-up a miniE shield (schematics, CAD files, documentation) is included in the project tarBall which you can download on the Download page.
If you download the project Tarball from Sourceforge you should receive a copy of the CERN Open Hardware Licence along with the files. If not, see http://www.ohwr.org/projects/cernohl/wiki.