Welcome to Maximum Octopus

July 24th, 2014

 

This is the website of Maximum Octopus - providing all manner of software and hardware solutions to the world!

For details of the Maximum Octopus electronics kits (suitable for all skill levels) then select from the list on the left or click here for an overview of the entire range.

All of my kits are available to buy at my eBay shop!

High resolution images of all of my kits and PCBs can be found on my SmugMug account.

New Project Kit - Binary Temperature

December 13th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
An LED-based binary temperature kit.
 
Looks great anywhere!
 

New Project Kit - Dual 7-segment for Pi

September 20th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
A dual 7-segment board for your Raspberry Pi B+, controlled by two 74HC595 shift registers.
 
The breakout board also features two 3mm LEDs, ideal for status updates.
 

New Project Idea - Visitor Map

September 10th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
A great project for Spark Core owners. An "office" statistics page for your website, and, when the page is view the location of the visitor is displayed on a world map (that can sit on your desk or wall).
 
Open source project; all source code, schematics and PCB layouts are available at the link above.
 

New Project Kit - DS1307 breakout board

August 23rd 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
A breakout board for all DS1307 (and compatible) real-time clock ICs is now available. And the PCB is purple, awesome!
 
 
 

New Project Kit - Raspberry Pi LED 8

August 2nd 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The Raspberry Pi LED 8, an 8x 3mm LED breakout board for the Raspberry Pi models B and B+ is now available.
 
 
 

New Project Kit - 555 / 4017 experimenter

July 24th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The 555 + 4017 experimenter project kit is now available.
 
A great way to learn about the 555 timer IC, 4017 decade counter, LEDs, capacitors and resistors.
 

LED Matrix Studio update

July 20th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.15 fixes a couple of minor bugs.

LED Matrix Studio update

June 9th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.14 fixes a bug with the Font Mode loader, and adds a cool "preview" of your current matrix - in x1, x2 or x3 magnification (pixels).

Xinorbis update (6.1.4)

May 26th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to Xinorbis is available. Fixes a few minor bugs and adds a new Folder Compare feature for File History. Folder History "Folder Properties" displays now have all of the features of the Folder Properties "live" scan displays.

New Project Kit - Dektop Temperature

April 9th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The desktop temperature project kit is now available.
 
A microcontroller-powered temperature display for your desk!
 

Xinorbis update (6.1.2)

April 4th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to Xinorbis is available. Fixes a few minor bugs and adds some optimisations to the code.

LED Matrix Studio + Xinorbis update

March 21st 2014Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.13 fixes a few minor bugs and includeds a completely rewritten export option.

A new update to Xinorbis is available too. Fixes some bugs and adds some optimisations to the code.

Cooper, 16x 10mm LED circle board

March 1st 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The Cooper kit is now available. Takes standard 10mm and 5mm LEDs.
 
 
 

LED Matrix Studio update

February 9th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.12 fixes a few minor bugs and includeds a completely rewritten export option.

LED Matrix Studio update

January 25th 2014Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.11 fixes a few minor bugs and adds a couple of new export options.

Freeman 10 mini - now available!

January 22nd 2014Posted by An Octopus

 
 
A smaller, 8 LED version, of the popular 16x LED board is now available. More details here.
 
 

Freeman 10 - now available

December 11th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
 
A 10mm LED version of the Freeman board is now available, it's also been designed for easier daisy-chaining - make large LED lighting displays for your desk, shelves, windows with ease!
 

Freeman 10 - now available

December 11th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 

A 10mm LED version of the Freeman board is now available, it's also been designed for easier daisy-chaining - make large LED lighting displays for your desk, shelves, windows with ease!

Three new kits available

December 5th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
 
Orion, a 4x4 LED grid kit, a 555 monostable kit, and a quad shift register breakout board are now available.
 
 

Source Code released!

November 30th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 

The source code for all of my Mac OS X and iPhone/iPod touch apps is now available.

Twitter name change

November 18th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 

I have changed my twitter handle from freshneydotorg to maximumoctopus, I thought it would make more sense seeing as though most of my tweets are related to electronics kits and such.

"555-o-tron" 555 astable breakout board

November 2nd 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The latest Maximum Octopus kit is now available. 555-o-tron is an astable oscillator breakout board. Experiment with different capacitors, resistors (including variable, and temperature/light dependant types).
 
 

"Pascal" Dice Kit Available

November 1st 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The latest Maximum Octopus kit is now available. Pascal is a microcontoller-powered dice kit with 10 different dice modes.
 
 

"Newton" and "Newton 10" Kits Available

October 16th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
The two Newton boards are now available. 16 5mm, or 10mm LEDs in a heart-shaped arrangement. An ideal Valentine's gift!!
 

LED Matrix Studio update

October 15th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.8 fixes a bug for users of large fonts or higher than normal DPI settings.

"Shift-o-tron" Electronic Kit Available

October 3rd 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The shift-o-tron is a 74HC595 shift register breakout board, available as a kit or just the PCB. More details are here.
 
 

"Freeman" Electronic Kit Available

September 24th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The second Maximum Octopus electronics kit is now available! More details are here.
 
 

"Rutherford" Electronic Kit Available

September 10th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 
 
The first Maximum Octopus electronics kit is now available! More details are here.
 
 

LED Matrix Studio update

August 11th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.7 adds a few bicolour extras and fixes a couple of bugs.

LED Matrix Studio update

July 22nd 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.6 adds bicolour mode and fixes a couple of bugs.

LED Matrix Studio update

July 11th 2013 Posted by An Octopus

 

A new update to the LED Matrix Studio has been uploaded. Version 0.7.4 fixes a couple of bugs and adds a padding option to hex values.