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Learn to program your own Arduino based light. Turn it into your first Maker project!
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Your first Maker project!

The Plumduino idea started when our kids wanted to create their own night lights that they could program. I thought this was a great idea. After making a few copies of the circuit board it turned into a fun Maker challenge to see what we could light up.

  • Pre-programmed lighting effects work right out of the box
  • Learn programming basics by customizing the Plumduino
  • Design your own enclosures and light sculptures

The eight RGB "NeoPixel" style lights can each be individually controlled. You can make them any color or brightness you'd like.

Based on Arduino

Have you heard of Arduino but you're not sure what it is or how to get started? Plumduino is a perfect first step.

If you're already familiar with Arduino, you'll be right at home with Plumduino as it is nearly identical to the popular Arduino UNO. The form factor is new but the processor and electrical connections are the same.

Expansion Board

Plumduino is an excellent teaching tool. We designed an expansion board that connects to the main Plumduino board while adding some extra goodies. Check out the video!

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The Expansion Board joined to the Plumduino main board. The production Expansion Board will be white colored and we'll have some colored rubber caps on the ends of the sliders. The pins will be clearly labeled.

Available in Two Versions: Fully assembled or DIY. Your choice. The fully assembled version is, well, fully assembled. We'll also add the female headers to your Plumduino board to allow connection. For the DIY version, we'll populate the small surface mount parts and let you assemble the through hole parts yourself. This is easily done with a small soldering iron. 

2x Potentiometer Sliders: Use the sliders to control the lights, create sound, and many other possible uses.

Motion Detector: Detect people moving within about five feet of the Plumduino. Use to activate the night light in a dark room or hallway, and even create your own burglar alarm.

Piezo Sound Element: Create tones, chirps, pings, and alarms with the sound element. You'll learn how to control the sound element with the sliders and light.

Microphone: Make the lights strobe to the beat of music or respond to sound events like clapping.

IR Remote Receiver: Use the included remote to control the lights or other behaviors.

IR Data Transmitter: Can be used to communicate with IR devices like your TV. Can also communicate with Ringo and IR compatible Wink robots.

Risks and challenges

The Plum Geek team has successfully completed and delivered two other Kickstarter projects which use mostly the same manufacturing technique and parts as Plumduino. We manufacture our projects right in our own shop so we can maintain quality control and keep on top of the process. Plumduino is the least complex project we've done so far so risks are minimal. We already have most of the parts in the shop necessary to manufacture the Plumduino boards.

Risks that could potentially cause delay include getting parts on time or if there were problems with our assembly equipment. This hasn't happened yet, but in the event an unforeseen problem comes up, we do have good relationships with several full time Contract Manufacturing factories here in the USA that could produce Plumduino units if necessary.

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