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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/.

 

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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

 

ANNOUNCEMENT: The Tinusaur Crowdfunding Campaign on January 22nd 2018

Tinusaur Crowdfunding Campaign on January 22nd 2018

Campaign link: http://igg.me/at/tinusaur
Project link: http://tinusaur.org

  1. A small robot car that you could build yourself and program it to follow a black line on the floor.
  2. A small game platform, that you could build and program yourself.

Those are the Tinusaur project goodies. They can help you learn, teach and make things with microcontrollers, and have fun at the same time. This is what the Tinusaur project is about.

Next Monday, on January 22nd we are launching a crowdfunding campaign to make more of those fun projects.

Join us at http://igg.me/at/tinusaur and subscribe for updates about the launch.

 

GAMETINU – Small Game Platform, Powered by the Tinusaur – ATtiny85 Microcontroller Board

GAMETINU - Small Game Platform, Powered by the Tinusaur - ATtiny85 Microcontroller Board

The Gametinu is a small game platform that you could build yourself. But don’t worry, it isn’t that complicated. This circuit is very simple, and there are very few things that could go wrong. The “brain” of the Gametinu is the Tinusaur board, powered by the popular Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller.

Once your Gametinu is ready you can start programming it.

On the frame, you have a small 64 LED display. Beneath the display, you have a button and a buzzer.

You can program the Gametinu to run one of those no-player games such as the “Conway’s Game of Life“. You could also program it to run simple one-button games such as the Stacker Game.

The Gametinu is part of the Tinusaur project. It is important to mention that the Tinusaur and the Gametinu are open source projects? Both the software and the hardware! You can buy all parts, fabricate the PCBs, and assemble them yourself.

The Gametinu is almost ready for production. It is now part of the crowdfunding campaign that we are launching on January 22nd, 2018.

Sounds interesting?

Subscribe to get updates about the launch. Link to the campaign: http://igg.me/at/tinusaur

More information about the Gametinu will be posted on its page.

 

CARTINU – Small Robot Car, Powered by the Tinusaur – ATtiny85 Board

CARTINU - Small Robot Car, Powered by the Tinusaur - ATtiny85 Board

The Cartinu is a small robot car that you could build yourself. But don’t worry! It isn’t that complicated – this circuit, is so simple, that there are very few things that could go wrong. The “brain” of the Cartinu is the Tinusaur board that is powered by the popular Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller.

Once your Cartinu is ready you could start programming it.

On the chassis, you have 2 powerful planetary gear motors. You also have 2 infrared proximity sensors on the bottom of the chassis. That allows you to program the Cartinu to follow a black line on the floor.

The Cartinu is part of the Tinusaur project. It is important to mention that the Tinusaur and the Cartinu are an open source project? Both the software and the hardware! You can buy all parts, fabricate the PCBs, and assemble them yourself.

The Cartinu is almost ready for production and is part of the crowdfunding campaign that we are launching on January 22nd 2018.

Sounds interesting?

Subscribe to get updates about the launch.

 

More information about the Cartinu will be posted on its page.

 

Short Video about the Tinusaur Project

The Tinusaur Project

This is a short 2-minute video explaining what is the Tinusaur project about, who is it good for and what you could do with its microcontroller and shield boards.

The Tinusaur is a small microcontroller board with a tiny chip on it.

The Tinusaur board is powered by the popular Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller. It comes as an assembly kit: a small package with parts – you get the chance to learn how to solder it. Don’t worry, it isn’t that complicated. This circuit is so simple that there are very few things that could go wrong.

Once your mainboard is ready you could start learning by making and playing using our shield boards.

Our shield called LEDx2 has 2 LEDs – Green and Red. It comes also in parts, so you have to assemble it yourself. You can make its LEDs to blink. For example: like the traffic lights.

Want to do more?

We also have the EDUx4IO shield designed primarily for education. It has 4 different components on it: LED, Buzzer, Button, Photoresistor. With the LED and the Buzzer, you have 2 ways to output digital and analog signals. With the Photoresistor and the Button, you have 2 ways to input digital and analog signals.

There is also temperature sensor built into the ATtiny85 microcontroller chip.