Monitoring Bitcoins with Atmel’s ATmega328P-PU

A Maker by the name of MiCavaleri has created an inexpensive DIY prototype Bitcoin price ticker powered by Atmel’s ATmega328P-PU microcontroller (MCU).

The tracker – which updates every minute – displays the price of Bitcoins in three different currencies: USD, EUR and GBP.

Aside from Atmel’s ATmega328P-PU (or Arduino Uno), key project components include:


5x 10k Ohm resistors
  • 220 Ohm resistor
  • 7805 Voltage Regulator 5V
  • 2x 10uF capacitors
  • 2x 22pF capacitors
  • 16 MHz crystal
  • LCD display 16×2
  • 9V battery connector
  • 4 switches (buttons) (I used tact switches)
  • Wire (and quite a lot of it)
  • Plastic box
  • Prototyping board 120x80mm (I used 1½ in total)
  • Adafruit CC3000 breakout board

“I suggest you build everything on a breadboard first using your Arduino. Then you will be able to test if the code works, and that you are able to connect to your WIFI,” MiCavaleri explained in a recent Instructables post.

“These images will show you how to set it up using the CC3000 shield, but it will work with the breakout as well.”

Interested in learning more? You can check out the project’s official page here.

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