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Hands-on with the TinyDuino and TinyLily Systems from TinyCircuits

Hands-on with the TinyDuino and TinyLily Systems from TinyCircuits
TinyCircuits' TinyDuino and TinyLily development systems take the normal bulky development board standard and flip it on its head. Let's take a look.
By: Charles Gantt | Editorials in Maker & DIY | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 8:33 am



Since the Massimo Banzi released the first Arduino back in 2007, the maker world has been using the little ATmega-based development boards to create everything from simple LED controllers, all the way to 3D Printer control boards, and everything else you might think of. One of the most unique and curious trends in the Arduino ecosphere is the drive for community members to shrink the board to micro-scale proportions, and today's article is based around one of those micro-Arduino projects.


Spawning off of a very successful Kickstarter campaign back in October of 2013, based around its TinyDuino, an Arduino-compatible development board that is smaller than a postage stamp, TinyCircuits has developed a full line of micro-sized shields dubbed "TinyShields" to accompany the TinyDuino.


Taking things one step further, TinyCircuits has even developed an even smaller line that shrinks the Arduino LilyPad down to less than the size of a dime. Like the original LilyPad, TinyCircuits has aimed this segment of its business at the wearable electronics crowd with LED, Switch, Buzzers, and even motor controller modules, all designed to be sewed into garments using conductive thread. If there is any question about their size, check out the micro-SD card I included for scale in the image below.




TinyCircuits was founded by Ken Burns, and as I mentioned earlier, was spawned from a campaign on Kickstarter that was funded 1000-percent over its original goal of $10,000, finishing things off with more than $109,000 in funding from backers.


The entire line of tiny-boards has been released into the Open Source realm, and TinyCircuits says that it fully embraces the Open Source Hardware philosophy, and licenses all of its board design files under the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License. This is something I am sure all the makers out there will be happy to hear. Furthermore, all of TinyCircuits products are built-in the USA in the company's manufacturing facility in Akron, Ohio.

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