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Hands-on with the TinyDuino and TinyLily Systems from TinyCircuits

By: Charles Gantt | Editorials in Maker & DIY | Posted: Feb 12, 2014 8:33 am



That wraps up my overview of the TinyCircuit's line of micro-sized Arduino-compatible development boards. As I said at the beginning of this overview, I cannot begin to explain how cool I think TinyCircuits are, and how excited I am to build something with the TinyDuino, TinyShields, as well as the TinyLily line.


The fact that TinyCircuits believes in the Open Source Hardware movement, and that its products have been built by makers just like me, means everything to me. Being made in the USA is also another huge plus for me, as I rarely see any EE development boards that are made in the USA. Additionally, the build quality of the TinyCircuits hardware is out of this world, and you can tell that no corners were cut in the design or manufacturing processes.




Over the next few months I will be using these boards in different projects that I will feature here on TweakTown in the form of How-To articles, as well as in some stuff I may cover in my official Author Blog. The first project I will be working on is a quad copter based on the AnyCopter kit, where I will build a small and lightweight GPS and accelerometer data logger using the TinyCircuits system. This should provide me with some cool data to both analyze and plot out on Google Maps.


I am also toying around with building a micro-quad copter using the TinyShield Motor x4 board, but that idea is still up in the air at the moment. I also plan on writing a How-To on how to use the TinyShield Wi-Fi to create something like a web-server, or some sort of automated home system.


If you have any suggestions, ideas, or questions about future projects I could build using the TinyCircuits system, please let me know in a comment below, or via my email which can be found in the Contact Us section.


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