May 1, 2007 AT 12:51 am

Digg Button Kit

Social bookmarking integration is all-the-web2.0-rage. But looking at the costs, can you really afford to run your own? Server upgrades, bandwidth allocation, spam management…What a headache! Here’s a simple way for you to add a social-networking system to anything you own, for a minimal investment: The Digg Button Kit!

digg button w/black cover

The Digg button is a very simple beginner electronics that teaches how to solder and program microcontrollers. Once made, this basic electronic project mimics the popular Digg.com website: each time you push the button, the button flashes “Dug” and increments the counter up to 999 “diggs”. The project is completely open source and documented, including parts list, schematics and code. For those who don’t want to try to chase down the electronic components, we have a full kit ready to go in the Adafruit webshop.

We already have a couple simple projects to get people started: how to power it from USB or batteries, how to make it scroll a simple message, etc. We’ll be updating the mods as more people get their hands on the kits.

For every sale of the Digg button kit we’re giving $1 to the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation). The kit is currently in its first release; new colors and other projects will be available. We even have a plan for making it interface directly to digg.com! (Stay tuned…)

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6 Comments

  1. Was there a reason to only using 3 displays instead of 4?

    It would seem only natural to use 4 so you could display “dugg” instead of “dug” and allow up to 9999 instead of only 999.

  2. Basically because we couldnt find a 4-digit LED display that would keep the cost low enough to meet our desired kit price. We might upgrade it in the future to 4 digits, tho :)

  3. Interface directly to digg?
    does this plan incorporate some strange serial connection to the digg API. holy crumb muffins that would be amazing.
    theres these cheap radtronix 2400 baud serial links on Mouser for it to be ‘wireless’. that is for everyone who still has a serial port.

    awesome stuff
    -Dane

  4. wat exactly do u use it for?

  5. how the button kit is supported with power? is a usb plug enough?

  6. how the button kit is supported with power? is a usb plug enough?

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