Tiny Arduino designed for mini robots
September 26, 2012
Hi all, I'm new to Let's Make Robots, but I wanted to let you all know of a project that I'm working on specifically targeted to RC and micro robots. I'm in the process of starting up an open source hardware company in Akron, OH, from a project that I started as a member of SYN/HAK, the Akron, Ohio Hackerspace, and we just launched a Kickstarter campaign last week. This is a family of boards that shrink the size of the Arduino to a new low, but without giving up the signals, processor power / memory, and expansion capabilities (via shields) that make the Arduino so powerful.
There are obviously other tiny Arduino type boards out there (like the Digispark or the FetmoDuino), but our big focus is on creating tiny shields as well to make for an awesomely small project. We've past our initial goal and our now working on a number of stretch goals to create tiny shields for things like motor control, Bluetooth, Wifi, Ethernet, etc.
We really see this as being an enabler for the internet of things, to allow makers to add their projects very easily to the internet.
Here's a brief overview of the project:
The TinyDuino is just 20mmx20mm (Smaller than a US Quarter)! with a coin cell battery holder option, but still has stackable shield support and all the Arduino shield signals available! And it uses the same Atmel microcontroller as used on the Arduino Uno.
The TinyLily Mini is 14mm in diameter (Smaller than a US dime)! This board has large sewtabs for easy soldering to, and also uses the same ATmega328p as used on an Uno. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kenburns/tinyduino-the-tiny-arduino-compatible-platform-w-s
Since you see all of the similar type projects out there, I'm extremely interested on your thoughts of the project.
Thanks! Ken @ TinyCircuits (http://Tiny-Circuits.com)