I'm a retired art teacher making a laptop electric spinning wheel for one of my high school art teachers, now in a wheel chair. I've never done anything with electronics before starting this project, but have always wanted to. When the opportunity presented itself, I was eager to dig in. I've been following the directions for the Electric Eel Wheel http://www.dreamingrobots.com/ElectricEelWheel/BuildersGuideElectronics_v1200/
by Maurice Ribble.
The URL above lists all the recommended parts to build the PCB, including an ATMega168 which I seem to have ordered just before it was retired. My custom PCB just arrived today, and I'm anxious to dig in. So, in reading here on the Arduino site and elsewhere around the web, as well as in watching tutorial videos on YouTube, I get the idea that a USB connection is used to connect to my PC. There is some confusion in my mind about that, however, in that Maurice includes no USB connection, and Sparkfun Electronics https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8846?
To get this chip working with Arduino IDE, you will need an external 16MHz crystal or resonator, a 5V supply, and a serial connection.
I presume the serial connection is typically be made by USB? My question then is, given what I've purchased so far, can I install his Arduino program on the ATMega168 http://www.dreamingrobots.com/ElectricEelWheel/files/electricEelWheel.pde
? If so, can someone point me to a tutorial, or give this lay person directions? If not, well, what might you do in my shoes?