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Seeed Studio Tweaks our Open-Source ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino

Gareth Halfacree

Seeed Studio ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino - Box

Nothing gives us more pleasure than seeing the ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino we released as open-source back in 2009 spread across the globe. From its use in Ugandan schools to its adoption by the National Museum of Computing for educational courses, the ARDX has been a great success - but not everyone is using it unmodified.

The release of the ARDX kit - everything from the booklet of projects that comes with it to the circuit layout sheets which make building a project as simple as pushing components through paper - under a permissive open-source licence means that people are free to modify and adapt the design to meet their own individual needs. Our friends at Seeed Studio have done exactly that with their own ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino, which builds upon our ARDX design with some neat tweaks of their own - beginning, of course, with the iconic bright green transparent housing for the kit and all its components and documentation.

Seeed Studio ARDX Starter Kit for Arduino - Stickers

The company's modifications go beyond the eye-catching box, though. As well as our circuit layout sheets, designed to sit over the bundled breadboard to indicate precisely where each component and jumper wire should be placed, Seeed's variant of the ARDX includes stickers for each component included in the kit. When you decide to go beyond the projects detailed in the manual, these make it easy to plan your layout - and serve as a handy guide to identifying each component while also providing a quick reference to the pin-outs of each part in the kit.

If you've seen an ARDX variant in-the-wild which adds its own little twist to our design, we'd love to know!

If you've ever wanted to dive into the electronics world but were afraid to try, then this is the perfect kit for you. A fun, beginner's kit, it includes a fully illustrated guide that will familiarize you with a wide range of electronic components while you create small, simple, and easy-to-assemble circuits.

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