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DIY
Gamer
Kit
 
Lay everything out on the table
PCB
Ready-soldered
DIL Sockets
Integrated Circuit (8-Bit Shift Register)
Integrated Circuit (LED Driver)
Front Acrylic
Back Acrylic
Nuts
Bolts (2 Long, 3 Short)
Spacers (2 Long, 3 Short)
Arduino Uno
USB Cable
9v Battery (not included)
Lanyard
Find the PCB
A PCB (Printed Circuit Board) has been specially designed with metal lines and pads that connect together.

When you connect components into them with solder, electrical connections are made.
Find the IC chips
An IC (Integrated Circuit) is a whole circuit in itself, but very very small and made of silicon.

These 2 ICs look very similar but you will notice they have different codes printed on them and do very different things:

MIC 5891 is an 8-Bit Shift Register.

TLC 5916 is the LED Driver.
Gently bend the IC legs on your table so they are perpendicular
Place each row of legs on a hard flat surface and gently pressing to bend the legs equally.

This will help them slot easily into the DIL socket

They are very delicate, if you bent them in a funny way, slowly nudge them back into place.
Place them on the PCB
Check the notches on the IC are located at the top, the same as the DIL socket.
Find the LED matrix
An LED matrix or LED display is a low-resolution display made up of an array (grid) of LEDs. You'll use the sockets to connect the matrix to the PCB.
Slot the LED matrix pins into the sockets
Find the front casing:
1 front acrylic
2 long bolts
2 long spacers
2 nuts
Push the long bolts through the holes in the acrylic
Fit the spacers from the other side.
Hold the nuts with your fingers and screw the bolts in
Find the back casing:
1 acrylic
3 bolts
3 short spacers
3 nuts
Push the long bolts through the holes in the acrylic
Fit the small spacers from the other side
Slot the Arduino onto the bolts
Using finger, loosely fit nuts
Hold the nuts with your fingers and screw the bolts in
Clip the battery in
Plug the front to the back
Check that all the header pins are slotted into the Arduino sockets before pushing.
Turn it on and GEEK OUT!
There are plenty of games you can install and play in your Gamer.

When you're done, you can hack and change them.

Or maybe you'll invent your own.

Go to the next step to find out how to program your Arduino.
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