Years ago I wrote a screensaver which generated snowflakes. It required a computer and monitor and changing the program to create different patterns required a lot of work.... Arduinoflake is really amazing. The integration of circuit board and display is wonderful. The touch interface makes is easy to select one of the stock algorithms, and the ISP makes it straightforward to add your own algorithms. There are two options for battery power. The only thing I added was a way to hang it (a little hot glue and a cord). As with most SMD, the soldering was a little finicky, but practice makes practiced. The PCB masking and some flux made assembly quick. I recommend this as a great design and as a nice gift.
One of the first things that struck me about the Arduinoflake upon opening was the care which it had been packaged and parts labeled, and the quality of everything included. I immediately decided to order several more for kits for gifts.
This was a great kit. Packaging and documentation was awesome with every part labeled in a unique way with step by step instructions. Even extra components included! I did look up what the interior of a LED looked like so I was sure which way they went. This was my first smd project. Man some of those smd's are tiny. Don't sneeze. It works great and I love the touch pad. I posted so my Christmas friends would see this.
Thank you! I am really glad you like it. I always try my best to provide the best experience. This is a total win! Awesome that your first SMD project is Arduinoflake. That is also one of the reasons I include extra components - they are tiny and easy to lose.