What is the Tinusaur project about?

About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step

What is the Tinusaur project about?

Here we will explain it to you step-by-step.

About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The Tinusaur hardware consists of few small boards with some electronic components on top.
They come as assembly kits – small packages with parts.
The Tinusaur main board is powered by the Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The Tinusaur board comes in parts, all in a small plastic bag, you get the chance to learn how to solder.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
Don’t worry – it isn’t that complicated – we’re preparing some videos that will walk you through the process. Check the Guides pages for more information.

 

About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
Once your main board is ready you could use some of our add-on boards, also known as “shields”, to add functionality to your microcontroller system.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The Shield LEDx2 board comes in parts, like the main board, you have to assemble it yourself, but it isn’t very complicated.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
Once you’ve assembled your first boards, you can write your first program.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The simplest program you can write is the blinking LED. That is the “Hello World” of the microcontrollers.
Next step – little challenge: make both of the LEDs blink.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The Tinusaur Shield EDUx4IO board comes in parts too, like the other boards, you have to assemble it yourself, and it isn’t complicated at all.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
Once you’ve assembled your board, you can write more interesting programs.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
This shield gives you more options and lets you learn more things.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
There are 4 different components on it: LED, Buzzer, Button, Photoresistor.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
Making the LED blink is a good start.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The next step is to make the buzzer produce some sound.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
You can use the button to learn how to read the input data and make your code do different things when you press it.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The photoresistor is a component that changes its electrical conductivity depending on the intensity of the light that is applied to it. In other words, you can measure the light intensity with the photoresistor.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The LED could work in on/off mode but it could also fade-in and fade-out using what’s called pulse-width modulation or PWM for short.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The buzzers could also work with PWM and that could be considered as analog mode i.e. it could produce sound with variable intensity.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
You could combine all the 4 parts to achieve more interesting results. Like using the button to switch between various modes of your program, or use the photoresistor to trigger different event depending on the light intensity.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
Now, an interesting trick. What if the LED emits some light, it reflects on an obstacle and goes back to the light sensitive element – our photoresistor. That is a proximity sensor that we’ve just created.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
A feature “hidden” inside of the microcontroller is an internal temperature sensor. You could make LED blink or buzzer sound if the temperature goes above or below a certain value.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
We created the Blocktinu platform that will allow you to start with the programming of your Tinusaur microcontroller system really quick.
With it, you could simply drag and drop some blocks to implement your algorithms.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
The platform automatically generates the C source code.
And the best part is that you can start learning the C programming language just by looking at the generated source, change your blocks and see how the source code changes.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
What else you could do with the Tinusaur project?
Well, it is up to you to bring your new brilliant ideas to life.
About Tinusaur Project Step-by-step
Check our website more often to see what new we’ve developed and added to the Tinusaur platform.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “What is the Tinusaur project about?

  1. There are 3 new boards/shields/kits coming soon …
    — LEDx3 – like traffic lights (ready for production)
    — LED matrix 8×8 (finalized design)
    — 2-wheel car, line-follower (in prototyping phase)

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