Photo courtesy of tkrworks
May 31st, 2009 – On Friday, I asked for more information on the Arduinome (the open source alternative to the Monome) from those who might have built one on the DJ TechTools forum. User tomaguinane tipped me onto the tkrworks PICnome as an alternative.
The Monome is an awesome controller but is a bit expensive for my current budget, and I really like the idea of making my own gear. Enter the Arduinome which promises to be a more cost effective solution for the DIYer. Unfortunately, for a relative electronics newcomer like myself, the lack of step by step instructions is a major barrier. This is perhaps purposeful as the people at Monome don’t want others to just churn out clones and sell them.
The PICnome is another alternative to the Monome, but the main difference is that tkrworks includes the logic board and all the pieces you need to solder to it. You need to buy SparkFun buttons and LED’s, and you still need to make your own enclosure, but it’s a pretty complete and very reasonably priced package. The PICnome kit costs just $65 plus shipping. Most important of all, there are very detailed assembly instructions which makes it much easier for someone like me to put it together.
If anyone from tkrworks reads this, what SparkFun parts need to be ordered to complete a full PICnome?