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Let's Start Programming! How to build an IchigoJam, your first computer

2016/05/17 23:55:00
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IchigoJam is a tiny computer which just costs $15.

It has only 4KB RAM, 32KB Flash ROM and 48MHz CPU.
Can you calculate 48 million times a second? IchigoJam can do it!
Can you memorize 4096 characters completely? IchigoJam can do it!

Computer lives on everything.
Every computer works just as someone programmed it.

You want to create games, robots or totally new things?
OK, let's start programming!

How to start programming?

Step 1. Build your own IchigoJam computer by yourself.
Step 2. Talk and play with IchigoJam.
Step 3. Type in some game codes and play with it.
Step 4. Try to understand game codes and modify them as you like.

Step 1. Build your own IchigoJam computer by yourself.

"IchigoJam half kit" is a kind of easy computer kit. (just like Apple I)
Do you know the soldering iron?
It is a tool to connect electric parts.


The First Soldering

Here is an simple map for you to easily identity each parts.
Don't rush and take your time. Please try making in step by step with your own rhythm!

IchigoJam half kit

Step 2. Talk and play with IchigoJam.

Your IchigoJam computer is ready?
Let's start using it!

Please connect a video cable to TV, attach a keyboard cable, and a microUSB cable as a power source.

Then, move the slide switch(SW1) on IchigoJam to the left.
Did you get the very first message from your computer?

IchigoJam BASIC ver x.x.x by jig.jp OK

Can you light up the LED on IchigoJam board?

IchigoJam first step

Step 3. Type in some game codes and play with it.

IchigoJam computer knows arround 100 commands to make programs. (Smartphones knows over 100 thousand commands!)
But it's boring to learn commands one by one.
Easy way is just typing many games and fun!

IchigoJam mini games

Try to change numbers and enjoy hacking games!!

Step 4. Try to understand game codes and modify them as you like.

If you want to know more about computer, you can get textbook from us.


This is a primer textbook titled "Let's Start Programming with IchigoJam".
You can get more information at "PCN flagship AKIHABARA".
Come and join us.

- IchigoJam
- IchigoJam on Vine
- IchigoJam on YouTube
- IchigoJam-FAN@en (support group on Facebook)

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