66% or better

Update: microtouch the 8-bit ipod touch

It looks like [rossum] and [Ladyada] have teamed up and been busy working on the microtouch. Since we covered it last year its had a few minor improvements like an upgrade to the ATmega32u4 microprocessor and some new software. The new and improved microtouch also features an accelerometer as well as some software to go along with it. Plus its now for sale on adafruit for about a quarter the price of an ipod touch (just in case you don’t feel like making your own).

For the unaware the microtouch is a lightweight AVR based ipod touch. It comes with a bootloader which allows you to download your “apps” to the microtouch without the need for an AVR programmer. While it may lack some of the computing power and features of the ipod touch (like music), the microtouch is definitely appealing for its open hardware/software and easy to use touch screen.

Comments

  1. mydnight says:

    It only costs $41.40… where’s the $70 coming from?

  2. mydnight says:

    Ok, now I’m confused — I’d never been to that page before, yet it must have been cached from somewhere — refreshed and got $69.60. Apologies for the previous post.

  3. Mark Williamson says:

    Yeah, I saw $41 or so, then $70 or so …

  4. strider_mt2k says:

    yes, it’s a neato platform.

    -so call it wat it is, not what it isn’t.

  5. will88 says:

    SOMTHING else this can be used for EBOOK reader eat it kindle/nook

  6. Mark Williamson says:

    Other uses for this device:
    How about a scientific / RPN / graphing calculator? Ought to be able to achieve quite a good one and could be quite flexible and powerful.

    Or a Wikipedia reader:
    http://rossum.posterous.com/wikipedia-homebrew-device-features-cortex-m0
    http://forums.adafruit.com/viewtopic.php?f=19&p=100966

  7. cns949 says:

    Too small to be used visually but still an admirable design.

  8. LAN hoang says:

    This is frustrating. My iPod touch can’t download any app at the moment because it keeps saying I have an error with payment info. When I go it and look it says the security code is wrong. I have tried 3 different cards and they all came up with the same message. I have tried coming on iTunes on the computer changing th info there but there’s no avail. Anyone know what to do?

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