The toughest part of what I wanted to order to get started was that I could not find one company that seemed to have all of the parts that I wanted.  The closest I got was from FunGizmos so that is where I placed my first order.  This is what I ordered.

  • 1 x     Arduino Duemilanove (Duemilanove)
  • 1 x     Arduino Motor Shield Kit (kit)
  • 1 x     Arduino Shield Proto (Kit) (kit)
  • 1 x     16×2 Character LCD – Serial I2C/SPI/RS232-TTL (16×2 Serial)
  • 1 x     Wiichuck Adapter (I2C)
  • 1 x     Piezo Element
  • 5 x     LED – Green (Green – Clear)
  • 5 x     LED – Red (Red – Clear)
  • 10 x     Miniature Pushbutton Switch (SPST-NO)
  • 5 x     Female Header (.1″ spacing) (Female .1″(2.54mm)) Number of Positions 40 1×40
  • 2 x     Mini Solderless Breadboard (1/4 size, Double Row) Color Black
  • 2 x     Small Solderless Breadboard (1/2 size, Double Row with rails)
  • 1 x     Wall Plug – Switching Power Supply (9v) (9v-660ma Wall Supply)
  • 2 x     2.1mm power plug (2.1mm)

This is what everything is for.

Arduino Duemilanove – Newest Arduino model, will be main board/microprocessor platform

Arduino Motor Shield – May be used for controlling motors for pan and tilt for Gigapan features

Arduino Proto Kit – Will be used with the mini breadboards as a platform to do testing as I add new components

16×2 LCD – Will be used for feedback and menu display

Wiichuck Adaptor – The Wii Nunchuck can be used over the i2c serial bus on which the Nunchuck is based.  Over the i2c bus access is available to the buttons states, joystick position and accelerometer position.  The Wiichuck adapter allows you to use the Nunchuck without cutting the end off of the cord and wiring it directly to the circuit board.  There is no regular connector available because the connector is a proprietary connector created by Nintendo.  This will possibly be used for controlling the Pan and Tilt of the Gigapixel features as well as other testing.

Piezo Element – Possibly will be used as a small speaker for general buzzer type notifications.  This may also be used as a sensor for the high speed photography trigger.

The other parts are for testing and prototyping.

I still need to order additional misc. parts.  I will need project boxes, some motors or servos, at least one additional Arduino or clone, and some kind of wireless communication chips, either XBee or Nordic nRF24L01 look to be the way that I may go.  I will dive into the wireless communications subject a little deeper once I get further into the project.

The next post will be the preliminary feature list.