Tinusaur is an Atmel ATtiny85 microcontroller board that comes in parts, as a kit, so you can solder it yourself and then program it. This small microcontroller board can run Arduino and its goal is to have a simple, cheap and quick-start platform for everyone interested in learning and creating things.
Tinusaur comes as an assembly kit, in parts, all in a small plastic bag, so you have to solder it yourself. In order to program this microcontroller board you will need a programmer like AVR ISP programmer, you can also use an Arduino to program the ATtiny microcontroller.
These are the components of Tinusaur standard kit:
- PCB: Tinusaur PCB
- MCU, Attiny85: Atmel AVR ATtiny85 microcontroller
- Socket, DIP-8: DIP-8 socket for MCU
- H1, Header: Header 2×4, Female
- H2, Header: Header 2×5, Female
- ISP, Header: Header 2×5, Male, for ISP
- RESET, Button: Tactile push button, for RESET
- Power, Header: Header 1×2, Male, for external power
- Battery, Header: Header 1×2, Male, for battery power on/off
- Battery, Jumper: Jumper, 2-pin, for battery power on/off
- C1, Capacitor: Capacitor 100uF, Low profile 5×5 mm
- C2, Capacitor: Capacitor 100nF, Small
- R1, Resistor: Resistor 10K, Small, 1/8W
- Battery holder: Battery holder for CR2032
- Battery 3V: Battery 3V, CR2032
There is also the Tinusaur Starter – another kit that has everything included in the Tinusaur Board plus a USBasp programmer, plus few other useful things.
Tinusaur was launched 3 years ago and it is now used in schools and universities to educate young people in both hardware and software. The team behind Tinusaur had launched an Indiegogo campaign to produce more of Tinusaur boards and bring the cost down to $3 per basic board and allow more people to be able to get them. A recent crowdfunding campaign was held by the team, it didn’t meet its goal plus it had the price multiplied by 3!
With just $3 you can get now the Lite edition of Tinusaur, the same components as the standard kit excluding the battery and its holder. You can get the Standard one for $4 and the Starter one for $6.
This Tinusaur is open source, both the hardware and the software, and you can check out the source files right here https://bitbucket.org/tinusaur. 3 days are left to end this crowdfunding campaign, so if you are interested in getting your own Tinusaur with that amazing price you should hurry up! More details can be found at the official product page, getting started page and tutorials.