Art Controller - Relay Board Kit

This Art Controller Relay Kit from Evil Mad Scientist is a stand-alone relay board with an on-board ATtiny2313 microcontroller which governs timing and logic and possesses the ability to control a single electromechanical relay for switching loads of up to 24VDC or 40VAC. Each Art Controller comes equipped with a single pole - double throw (SPDT) sealed relay which can handle a current load of up to 5A (10A Normally Open). This means that when current is applied to the coil it throws a simple changeover switch, terminating the connection from the NC (Normally Closed) contact to ground and closing the NO (Normally Open) contact. Use them to switch high voltage/high current devices. This is a stand-alone, pre-programmed, board which is ideally used in projects where you need to switch and electronic load on or off with a relay and timer.

The Art Controller may look like your typical relay board but, in fact, it is more flexible in time range and functionality. Each controller is equipped with an 8-position DIP switch giving you the ability to select times from one second all the way to 31 hours. SInce the ATtiny2313 comes pre-programmed any adjustments to timing can be done through the DIP switch without any additional programming!

The Art Controller is sold as an easy-to-assemble kit and includes everything listed below with clear assembly instructions and additional tips listed in the documents section.

This kit was a collaboration between EMSL and a couple kinetic art sculptors who needed a simple board to control their art. Checkout some of CTP and Nemo Gould's pieces!

Note: This kit includes a screw terminal for power, but does NOT include a barrel jack. Check the related items below.

  • 1x Art Controller PCB
  • 1x ATtiny2313 Microcontroller
  • 1x GSLA SPDT 5A Relay
  • 1x 8-Position DIP Switch
  • 1x 100uF 10V Capacitor
  • 1x 10uF 50V Capacitor
  • 1x 2N4401 Transistor
  • 1x 1A Linear Regulator
  • 1x 6-32 x 1/4" Screw
  • 1x 6-32 Kep Nut
  • 1x 6-pin Header
  • 1x 20-pin Socket
  • 1x Screw Terminal, 3-pos
  • 2x Screw Terminal, 2-pos
  • 2x 1N5817 Diode
  • 2x Yellow LED, 3mm
  • 3x 1K Resistor
  • 3x 0.1uF 25V Capacitor

Art Controller - Relay Board Kit Product Help and Resources

Core Skill: Soldering

This skill defines how difficult the soldering is on a particular product. It might be a couple simple solder joints, or require special reflow tools.

2 Soldering

Skill Level: Rookie - The number of pins increases, and you will have to determine polarity of components and some of the components might be a bit trickier or close together. You might need solder wick or flux.
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Core Skill: DIY

Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.


Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.

3 Electrical Prototyping

Skill Level: Competent - You will be required to reference a datasheet or schematic to know how to use a component. Your knowledge of a datasheet will only require basic features like power requirements, pinouts, or communications type. Also, you may need a power supply that?s greater than 12V or more than 1A worth of current.
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