The Blocktinu App for Windows version 1.2.1 is out

Blocktinu Windows App

We have just deployed new version of the Blocktinu Windows application.

It is available for download from BLOCKTINU.com/downloads website.

WHAT’S NEW?

Besides some visual changes, there is a new button to upload some testing code to your Tinusaur Board with an EDUx4IO Shield. That is very convenient for testing if the board was assembled correctly even before you start writing some code.

A more detailed guide on how to setup Blocktinu on Windows is available as a PDF file for download at Blocktinu Tools – Windows Setup (slides).pdf.

We’d like to hear your opinion, so please drop a comment.

Blocktinu Tools – Windows Setup (slides)

Blocktinu Tools - Windows Setup (slides)

This is the first draft of the guide how to setup the Blocktinu Tools under Windows.

Tinusaur Blocktinu Logo

The file in PDF format is available at this location: Blocktinu Tools – Windows Setup (slides).pdf

Please, download it and take a look. If you feel that there’s missing something or wrong, please, let us know.

When we update the files we will commit changes in this repository: https://bitbucket.org/tinusaur/blocktinu-docs/.

Check also the Guides section of our website.

Updated User Guides for the Main Board, Shield LEDx2 and EDUx4IO

Main Board Shields LEDx2 EDUx4IO

We have updated the user guides for how to assemble the Tinusaur Board, Shield LEDx2 and Shield EDUx4IO. They are all in PDF format and are available at the following links:

The collection of user guides is at tinusaur.org/guides.

Our plans are, once finalized, to convert those slides to video and upload them to YouTube – that appears to be more convenient for some people. Also, add some voice-over … maybe. 🙂

Tinusaur Workshop UNI4KIDS Drenta

We’d like to ask you to take a look at the user guides and if you think there’s something to be added or changed, please, leave a comment below this post.

 

 

Tinusaur Selected as Best National Digital Solution for International World Summits Awards in the Category Learning & Education

TINUSAUR was nominated as best national digital solution for BULGARIA for the international World Summit Awards

TINUSAUR SELECTED AS BEST NATIONAL DIGITAL SOLUTION FOR INTERNATIONAL WORLD SUMMITS AWARDS IN THE CATEGORY LEARNING & EDUCATION

Veliko Tarnovo/Salzburg, 2018-10-24

TINUSAUR was nominated as the best national digital solution for BULGARIA for the international World Summit Awards (WSA). The World Summit Awards are a global initiative selecting digital innovation making a positive impact on society. With this nomination in the Category Learning & Education TINUSAUR qualifies for evaluation among over 400 international projects by the WSA Jury 2018.

TINUSAUR was nominated as the best national digital solution for BULGARIA for the international World Summit Awards.

The Tinusaur is an educational platform and set of tools that focus on programming, robotics, and electronics and applying modern learning methods in an effort to present science and technology in an interesting and entertaining way to the students. It is a mixture of software and hardware. Here it is described in 3 simple steps: (1) you assemble your hardware yourself by soldering your board; then (2) you learn how to program it using puzzle-like blocks; then (3) you learn how to write C code. … After that, your imagination is the limit.

The Tinusaur project and its tools are currently being used in universities, schools, and as part of other educational initiatives all around the world. In such environments, the students get to keep their broads for themselves, take them home, play with them, make things and write programs. This is unlike many other similar products and solutions that are so expensive that there are just a few per class or school and the teachers keep them within the facilities.

The WSA nominees 2018 show the richness, diversity, and innovation of digital solutions on a global scale and prove how digital technology can improve society on each corner of the world. The WSA 2018 nominees will be evaluated based on seven fundamentals criteria: Content, Functionality, Design, Technology, Innovation, Impact and Global/UN value.

Each year, WSA nominees are selected by the WSA National Experts from more than 180 UN member states. The WSA National Experts nominate up to eight projects for each country – one for every WSA category.

A nomination to the WSA hence is already an award in itself – the qualification to compete and be presented on an international level and being the best practice in Learning & Education nationally.

About the Tinusaur OOD

The Tinusaur OOD, the Bulgarian company established earlier in 2018, is currently selling products and generates revenue that ensures the future of the project. It received an investment from 2 private individuals and has developed plans for the next 2 and 5 years as part of the planning for the next round if funding.

About the WSA

The World Summit Award is a global initiative within the framework of the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). WSA is the only ICT event worldwide, that reaches the mobile community in over 180 countries. WSA highlights digital content improving society and focusses on local content with global relevance.

Visit us on www.worldsummitawards.org, Facebook and Twitter, #WSA18

Media Contact World Summit Award:
Manuela Wagner
Network Development & Communications,
World Summit Awards
manuela@worldsummitawards.org
+43.660.630408.7

 

How to Assemble Your Tinusaur Shield LEDx2 – Guide (slides)

Tinusaur Shield LEDx2 - Assembling (slides)

We have just finished another guide – this time about how to assemble your Tinusaur Shield LEDx2.

Shield LEDx2 Assembled

The file in PDF format is available at this location:  Tinusaur Shield LEDx2 – Assembling (slides).

Please, download it and take a look. If you feel that there’s missing something or wrong, please, let us know.

When we update the files we will commit changes in this repository: https://bitbucket.org/tinusaur/shield-ledx2-docs/.

 

We have just made Blocktinu Windows app better

Here are the changes:

  • Fixed bug that caused an error message when there is a  space in the name of the HEX file or in the path to your user folder.

Now, the juicy part …

Blocktinu Windows Desktop Application

This is the first version of the Blocktinu Windows Desktop Application.

  • How, as part of the app, there are 2 pre-compiled programs that you could conveniently use to test your newly assembled board.
    1. Just an empty app that will allow you to see if the binary code goes from the your computer (if drivers have been installed correctly) through the USBasp ISP programmer and, into the microcontroller. That could also be used to check if the board has been assembled correctly.
    2. The other one is a simple app that will make any LED connected (through a resistor, of course) to any of the 5 available I/O pins – PB0, PB1, PB2, PB3, PB4 – blink. That could be used to test if the boards and the shields have been assembled correctly.

Using these 2 pre-compiled programs does not require anything that just pressing the “Upload” buttons on the screen – no writing code, no compiling, building or downloading.

The latest version is available for download at: https://bitbucket.org/tinusaur/blocktinu-tools-win/downloads/blocktinu-tools-1.1.1-install.zip

More information is also available at blocktinu.com.

Please, let us know what do you think.

 

Tinusaur Board 3 STD – Assembling (slides)

This is the Tinusaur Board 3 STD Assembling Guide. It is at the moment in PDF format but the plans are to generate a video and add a voice-over.

The file is located here: Tinusaur Board 3 – Assembling (slides).pdf
(NOTE: File name was changed and link updated here)

We would like to ask you to download it and take a look. If you think that something should be added or changed please leave a comment below this post.

We’re already working on similar guides for all other boards, bundles, and kits.

Almost at the end of our Indiegogo campaign

Tinusaur PCB

We’re almost at the end of our Indiegogo campaign and as you might be aware there is a delay in the production of the kits.

At TINUSAUR we strive to achieve the higher quality of the products. Unfortunately, while making the PCBs, the most important part of our boards, and working with some new suppliers, we were not happy with the quality of the production. Luckily, the great guys at OSHPARK jumped in and helped us get the PCB we need at the cost we could afford to keep the price points of our product low and affordable.

Good news – all the PCBs arrived a few days ago. We’ve assembled few pieces of them to make sure everything is fine and, with the exception of few minor glitches, all is good and ready to go.

Tinusaur Board Assembled

This week we are packaging the broads and the components.

Next week we will start shipping the first batches of kits to the supporters.

BLOCKTINU – The Development Environment for the Tinusaur – ATtiny85 Microcontroller Board

BLOCKTINU - The Development Environment for the Tinusaur

The Blocktinu is the development environment for your Tinusaur microcontroller boards where you could use blocks to produce real C programming language source code.

As you move your blocks (on the left) to implement your algorithms, the source code (on the right) will be automatically updated. Pretty neat, huh?

Now you can start learning the C programming language by playing with the blocks and looking at the changes in the source code that has been generated.

Once your program is ready it will be compiled in the cloud so no installation of any SDK will be necessary. The resulting binary code for the ATtiny85 microcontroller will be returned back to you.

The Blocktinu is part of the Tinusaur project.

The Blocktinu and the Tinusaur are open source projects. Both the software and the hardware!

The Blocktinu is almost ready for public use.

The Blocktinu is part of the Tinusaur crowdfunding campaign that we have launched on January 22nd, 2018.

Support our crowdfunding campaign. Get yourself a Tinusaur microcontroller board. You will receive early access to the Blocktinu development environment.

We have just passed the 10% mark!

We have just passed the 10% mark!

Dear friends,

Thanks a lot for your contribution to the campaign and for the support of our project. We have just passed the 10% mark! As usual, our campaign goes slow but steady.

Please, if you can, spread the word about our project, share it with people that might be interested.

All the best,
Neven Boyanov
The TINUSAUR Team.

https://igg.me/at/tinusaur