Arduino Binary Die using arduino

Arduino Binary Die

After buying a Nanode (an Arduino-compatible board with ethernet built-in) last weekend, we’ve been trying to work it out by making a couple of simple examples, the ‘Binary Dice’ is the first one with input and outputs.

A note, this code example is based on the one from the book Arduino: A Quick-Start Guide by Maik Schmidt.

You’ll need (other than the Nanode/Arduino board):

Arduino Binary Die

  • 3 LEDs (ours were rated for 0.8mA-0.12mA at 6V)
  • 3 Resistors to bring the 5V down to a reason current for the LEDs (we used 680Ω)
  • 1 large resistor to flatten out the fluctuations in the ground rail (we used 17KΩ)
  • A push-to-make button

Schematic and Breadboard

Arduino Sketch

You may need to change the constants at the beginning to match your board and where you plug things in.

const unsigned int LED_BIT0 = 4;
const unsigned int LED_BIT1 = 2;
const unsigned int LED_BIT2 = 3;
const unsigned int BUTTON_PIN = 5;
const unsigned int BAUD_RATE = 19200;

void setup() {
  pinMode(LED_BIT0, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(LED_BIT1, OUTPUT);
  pinMode(LED_BIT2, OUTPUT);

void loop() {
  const int CURRENT_BUTTON_STATE = digitalRead(BUTTON_PIN);

  int command =;

  if (CURRENT_BUTTON_STATE == HIGH || command == '1') {
    long result = random(1, 7);
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