Tweaking Your Simon!

For your Monday morning goodness - hack the SparkFun Simon.

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If you've ever taken one of our Simon Soldering Classes, or just built our Simon Kit on your own, you probably have a SparkFun Simon sitting on your desk/workbench or hidden away somewhere in a drawer where the incessant flashing and beeping won't drive you insane. Either way, after you've mastered the game itself, you might be interested in hacking your Simon game to do something else - and this new tutorial shows you how!

Written by Pete Lewis, our testing guru, this tutorial guides you through the beginning stages of hacking your SparkFun Simon game. If you want to make your Simon into some kind of robot controller, a sound board, or just make it light up in a new, cool way, this tutorial will get you started! Happy hacking folks!

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  • Rando / about 13 years ago / 1

    I'm guessing the Simon now has the Arduino bootloader from the factory like the ADXL345 Eval board??? Or perhaps there's something special in the selection of the Lilypad mode? Just curious.

    • Indeed you are right! It comes with the Lilypad bootloader using the internal 8MHz oscillator. Just click on Tools>Boards>Lilypad Arduino w/ ATmega328, and you'll be good to go. You can also check out the tutorial ( for a more detailed explanation of setup. Have fun!

  • FuzzyWobble / about 13 years ago / 1

    i made a simon. check it out.
    was fun for about 47 seconds.

  • Richard Hart / about 13 years ago / 1

    NOW you're starting to freak me out. Just yesterday I was looking at the SparkFun Simon game kit I bought to assemble for my granddaughter (she's not quite 2, so her soldering days are a little ways off yet.) I was eyeing those buttons and wondering how hard it would be to modify the circuit to act as a control pad for my new AR Drone quad-rotor. I have a printout of the Simon schematic sitting next to me as I write this. Talk about being on the same wavelength! Twilight Zone time.

    • CoryW / about 13 years ago / 1

      SparkFun is good at reading minds. I was tweaking my own simon game when I read this.

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