Dragging and dropping blocks on a web page that generates real C code which gets compiled on the cloud and then uploaded locally to your microcontroller.
Does that sound interesting to you?
Well, we’ve done it. Kind of. We called it Blocktinu.
A couple of weeks ago me (Neven Boyanov) and my friend Geroge (Georgi Marinov) participated in the #BG10xEU hackathon in Sofia and the idea that we developed and presented was just that. Within the given 24 hrs we managed to develop the initial version of most of the modules, including a browser extension for Google Chrome for handling the communication between the cloud and the local machine. At the moment the only missing part is the piece that invokes the avrdude from within the browser extension.
IMPORTANT: Please note that this is just the beginning and there is still work to be done.
We’ve not been idle waiting for the parts from our suppliers.
We’re prototyping a new shield that we called Shield LEDx3 that has 3 LED – green, yellow and red. As you may have guessed already it is similar to the traffic lights. That will be a great new shield to play with. We expect to have it in production in about a month or so.
As you may have noticed we’ve extended our campaign by a couple of days to allow more people to get their perks over the weekend.
We’re 175% over our original goal, $4522 raised – with 12 hours still left to go.
We’re so excited that we’ve decided to make this pledge: if we reach 200% or $5000 (whichever happens first) before the end of the campaign (i.e. in about 12 hours) we promise that we will make the Tinusaur Car – a 2-wheel mini car that can follow a line – and we will make it available on our website.
We are already building a working prototype.
Last week we’ve launched our Indiegogocrowdfunding campaign and, as of a few minutes ago, we’ve reached 1/3-rd of our goal already. 🙂
In case you’re not familiar what the Tinusaur project is about …
A small board with a tiny chip on it that comes as an assembly kit – a small package with parts and you get the chance to learn how to solder it. This circuit is so simple that there are very few things that could go wrong. It’s been around for over 3 years and used in schools and universities to educate young people in both hardware and software. With this campaign, you could help us produce more of the Tinusaur boards, bring the cost down to $3 per basic “lite” board and allow more people to be able to get them.
The success of this campaign will help us produce our boards and kits in much larger quantities and bring the coast down. That will allow us to have the basic “lite” boards for as little as $3/pcs – that will make them available for even more people.
Help us spread the word – just share it. But, if you like the idea and the project, you could back us up. Here’s the link: https://igg.me/at/tinusaur.