This Saturday, September 2nd, we will have one day workshop for assembling the Tinusaur kits for those who supported our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. It will take place in Varna, Bulgaria, our host will be VarnaLab – the local hackerspace.
We will learn the basics of electronic components, microcontrollers – ATtiny85 in particular and, of course, how to solder.
We will bring to the workshop soldering irons and all the necessary materials to do the job. Also, for those who were not able to get one of the kits during our Indiegogo campaign, we will have some for sale.
At the moment we can organize such workshops only in Bulgaria but we’d really like to start doing this in other countries. Volunteers are very welcome. 🙂
This is the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/842138465944360/
If you’re around, you’re welcome to come.
Good news, dear friends, and supporters! All of the parts are here (except some of the green 3mm LEDs) and we started packaging everything else (except some of the LEDx2 Shields).
Quick stats about the bundles we have to package:
— Tinusaur Board LITE: 559 pcs
— Tinusaur Board STD: 182 pcs
— Shield LEDx2: 179 pcs
— Shield EDUx4IO: 160 pcs
So, starting next week we will be shipping the first packages. You will receive an individual message through the Indiegogo messaging when we ship your perks.
All the best,
The TINUSAUR Team.
We are 179% funded! This would’ve not happened without you.
- 179% funded on February 20, 2017
- $4,675 USD total funds raised
We will be posting updates regularly, as often as there’s something to update you about.
All the best,
The Tinusaur Team.
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.
What can you do to help us reach our next goal?
- Go to our campaign https://igg.me/at/tinusaur support us – get a perk.
- Share our campaign link https://igg.me/at/tinusaur with your friends or through your social media channels.
Wish us luck for the next 12 hours!
The Tinusaur Team.
We are 140% funded and there are only 16 hours left of our Indiegogo campaign.
This would’ve not happened without your support. 🙂
By continuing to support our cause you will help us get even more Tinusaur kits to our students.
Not interested in getting a Tinusaur board? You can donate to the project! Our promise: we will spend the money to bring the Tinusaur boards to even more students … as we’ve done it before.
Neither of those is for you? No problem. You could just share our campaign link https://igg.me/at/tinusaur to your social media channels such like Facebook, Twitter, or whatever you prefer.
Just a quick reminder: After the campaign is over the price of the boards, the kits, and the shipping will go slightly up so now is the best time get a bunch them.
Thanks again for your support.
Last week we’ve launched our Indiegogo crowdfunding 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 Tinusaur boards are powered by the Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller. You could program your Tinusaur board with the Arduino development environment, or if you chose so – using the plain old C/C++ compiler, or … using whatever you prefer.
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.
Thanks in advance for your support.
With the growing interest in our project and kits, we decided to plan for and launch another Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign – next week.
The link for the campaign will be http://igg.me/at/tinusaur.
Some of our team members will be at the FOSDEM in Brussels on the 4th and the 5th next week – will be glad to meet anyone interested in what we’re doing.
Our first workshop for this year took place couple of weeks ago in Plovdiv at Hackafe. It was part of a much larger event about microcontrollers, robotics and internet-of-things.
This time, it was for 2 days and in 3 parts.
Part 1 (day 1) was an introduction to the microcontrollers for everyone that was just starting – short 30 minutes presentation and then discussions about various problems that one may experience while working with input/output. It was interesting to see some observation by people that have no much experienced about buttons and the noise that they may produce, then … how do we do debouncing.
Part 2 (day 2) was soldering. Everyone got Tinusaur Starter 2 kit. No one had difficulties assembling the board – there’s no much you can get wrong with this board.
One of my friends shot a timelapse at one of the tables.
Part 3 (day 2) was the fun part.
We wrote the blinking LED program – that was easy.
Then we started experimenting.
As it is an old Bulgarian custom to wear Martenitsa in March we made some blinking ones with the Tinusaur.
We also managed to play polyphonic tunes using ELM – Wavetable Melody Generator.
But the most unusual thing we did was to make an old floppy disk drive play a melody.
Thanks to Vencislav Atanasov (https://github.com/user890104) for the idea.
The inspiration was from Moppy – the Musical Fl oppy by SammyIAm.
Oh, by the way, incase you’ve not heard it yet 🙂 …
We have recently launched a Tinusaur crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo so if you like what we’re doing please support us at http://igg.me/at/tinusaur.
The Tinusaur Project – ATtiny85 Quick Start Boards
This is the name of our campaign.
And is tarts tomorrow, Friday, February 26th.
Please, HELP us produce more of these boards.
Check also our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/tinusaur/
Yes, you read it correct.
We’re planning an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the end of this week.
We need some help to produce few hundred or more Tinusaur Boards and Tinusaur Bundles that we will keep in stock at our online store.
It is planned for this Friday, February 26th, 2016.
Like the idea?
Support us this Friday!