KeyChainino is the first retro gaming keychain, also programmable with Arduino.
Hello, I’m Alessandro Matera, the Italian guy who bring KeyChainino alive.
Few months ago while I was waiting for the bus, I realized that I was just playing with my keys. So I had the idea to make something to play with in boring moments.
Something simple. Just for relax. A tiny device to play with.
A device made with Arduino programmable microcontroller, in a way that anyone could make his own game.
Without LCDs, just with fashioned style LEDs!
With this idea in my mind, I worked to a tiny device powered by the Atmel Attiny84 (now Microchip) that controls a 6×5 LEDs Matrix.
The Attiny84 doesn’t have so many pins to drive all the 30 LEDs, so I used the Charlieplaxing technique to drive this matrix. But don’t worry about it! I’ve created a simple function to drive all the LEDs in a easy-peasy way.
Next I created my first game: a simple Arkanoid game (a pong-like style), where a ball just bounce on the screen and you need to move the paddle with the two buttons, to prevents the ball from falling out of the playing field.
After that I created another version (KeyChainino V3) that has 64 LEDs driven by Atmega328, and now I build the 144 version (KeyChainino 144), that has 144 LEDs!. This version has the arkanoid game pre-uploaded and, if you want to create your own game, or you want to change it, you can hack it following this guide.
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