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Description: This thru-hole soldering kit is very similar to our Simon Says; First, it's a great way to learn how to solder; second, it's a fun game to play; and third, it's a development platform for future projects. The main difference with Simon Tilts is that it involves motion; instead of pressing buttons, the player is challenged to tilt the game. It's a bit of a 3D mind trip, but so much fun to play!

We have taken great care with the PCB design to make it very user friendly. It's a great place to start when you're learning to solder. To sense direction, the kit uses our new custom molded part, the tilt arm. In addition to being fun to watch in action, the tilt arms do an excellent job of sensing the position.

In addition to having a fun game to play, after soldering this kit together you will have a greater knowledge of through-hole soldering and the tools, techniques, and terminology required to populate your own PCB prototype. You will also have a development platform with 7 outputs (LEDs and buzzer), motion sensing (tilt sensor), and serial for debugging.

Note: Be sure to check out the Hookup Guide in the Documents section below for helpful tips and assembly instructions.

Kit Includes:

  • 1x Simon Tilts PCB
  • 1x ATmega328 - pre-programmed with Arduino bootloader and Simon Tilts firmware
  • 1x Buzzer
  • 2x 0.1μF Cap
  • 1x 10K Resistor
  • 3x 330 ohm Resistor
  • 1x 100 ohm Resistor
  • 6x LEDs (blue, yellow, red, green,orange, white)
  • 2x Slide Switch
  • 4x Battery Clips
  • 2x AA Batteries
  • 3x BBs
  • 3x Tilt Arm
  • 3x IR emmitter/detector combo

Documents:

Comments 15 comments

  • Any plan for ‘SMD’ VERSION of this kit.

  • In reading the Github code, i believe there is a comment glitch. For the comments related to the reading of the tlit sensors the documentation reads: // Define an array of “good” readings from the tilt sensors // Notice how 5 and 6 are not included as possibilities in the table above // This is because of the particular angle and placement of the tilt arms // 5 and 6 are impossible, so in an effort to debounce the data, we create the following array // The order of this array is important, because it corresponds with the led_pin[] array.

    However it appears that it is 1 and 6, not 5 and 6 that are the non-possible states. :)

    • Good catch. Thanks! I just fixed it and updated the github repo.

      When we first were developing the prototype, we simply streamed the data from the read_position_once() function. This way we didn’t really have to think about how the data was coming in. We were mostly concerned that it was outputting a unique value for each position. As it goes sometimes, we rushed to get it working properly and didn’t take the time to thoroughly comment each step of the code. Going back to comment was then much more work than it had to be. At first, the table was all mixed up and it took quite a bit of streaming data and thinking to get it all correct :)

      We sure appreciate your attention to detail. Thanks again for letting us know about the error!

  • How well do the four LEDs that hang off the sides of the board hold up? It seems like they might get roughed up and eventually snap off if the game is played “vigorously”.

    • They seemed to have held up pretty well with our prototypes. I think as long as your vigorous game play doesn’t involve too many drops to hard surfaces, the LED should live on for years. I suppose that’s true from most electronics :)

      Our first prototypes have seen quite a bit of play time as I’ve shared them around the office, and none of the LEDs seem to be in danger of cracking off yet. I will say that when I have transported it, I have rapped it in some bubble rap.

      Either way, this sounds like a cool opportunity to lazer cut a custom clear box for this thing!

  • Why is one pin cut off from the processor chip? There’s certainly enough space on the board to have included the pad for that pin…

    • My guess is it’s to “key” the chip so it cannot be inserted the wrong way around. If you do an LED backwards it’s only two pins to try to desolder; with the 328 it’s a much bigger deal. Yes, they have all sorts of instructions about the notch and stuff which teaches about the proper way to determine correct orientation, but it’s not a big loss that they took that pin off.

      • Exactly right, and boy does it save a lot of trouble when you have a classroom full of 12 year-olds soldering these up!

  • looks like it also makes a great BOB for the Chorded tilt arms

    • Indeed. We love to encourage re-purposing our Kits! There’s one easter egg in the code to encourage hacking.

      Also, I haven’t heard of calling a set of sensors “chorded”, but it does really make sense. I like it. Music was my major in college, so that term is definitely up my alley :)


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