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.

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Quick Update for September and October

This is quick update for September and October.

The presentation at Maker Faire in New York (http://makerfaire.com/new-york-2014/) on Sept. 21st went very well – 80% full of the small auditorium. The Faire itself was terrific.

On October 15, as part of the European CodeWeek (http://codeweek.eu/) the Tinusaur Project was presented to the students and teachers at one of the schools in Gorna Oryahovitsa, Bulgaria – PGEE “M. V. Lomonosov”.

On October 25, at HOW.CAMP (http://how.camp/) 4 of the prizes were Tinusaur Starters kits.

What’s coming up …

— Video tutorial: “How to assemble the Tinusaur Board”. We need some more time to process the video-materials we shot.

 

Oscilloscope-like Circuit – Preview

This is a oscilloscope-like circuit for the Tinusaur, it is not a real oscilloscope but could be used as a base for one.

It is built on top of the Tinusaur board (Atmel AVR ATiny85) and Nokia 3310/5110 LCD (PCD8544 controller).

There is also simple preamplifier for the electret microphone connected to the ADC of the MCU.

The audio signal source is combination of my DSO Quad (it has built-in signal generator) and a speaker.