I've been working on a new version of the Pinduino that is leaner, meaner,cheaper, and easier to connect to various board sets. The first set of boards have arrived and I want to share how they look and work.
For those that haven't heard about the Pinduino, check out this thread: https://pinside.com/pinball/forum/topic/update-arduino-shield-propin-pinhead
The pinduino V0.2 had a lot of flexibility, controlling 3 addressable LED strips and 4 separate RGB LED strips (as well as other mods). After making about 10 designs for various Stern SAM, Whitestar, and Williams/Bally WPC games, I realized that for the most part, I was using only 1 or 2 addressable LED strips, and none of the other features of the board. In addition, the wiring harnesses were a pain in the ass to make. So I wanted something more streamlined for just controlling up to two addressable LED strips, and was easier to make and install. Also, in the time since Copperpot (Wes) and I designed the first pinduino, there has been advances in Arduinos. Namely, the Nano, which now has a version with more than enough RAM to store all the Pinduino libraries and code (4x more RAM than when we started the Pinduino project).
Here are the first set of fully functional boards.