The TinyDuino is a title product for TinyCircuits, providing the processing power of an Arduino Uno in a board smaller than a quarter! The applications are endless.
An introduction video to TinyDuino
Don't worry about trying to follow along with this video, all the steps will be broken down in the following tutorial.
Breaking this all down into some easy to follow steps:
Download the free Arduino Environment and extract the files.
Many operating systems such as Windows(7 and newer), Mac OS, and most Linux distributions do not need a driver for the FTDI USB to Serial converter on the USB TinyShield. These operating systems may or may not show a message that new hardware has been installed upon USB connection.If you are using another operating system, however, you may need to do some extra steps:
All you have to do for this step is connect the TinyDuino to the USB TinyShield via the light-tan connectors.
No really, it's that easy
Connect the TinyDuino to your computer via a micro-USB cable.
Note: Some USB cables are used only for transferring power and not data signals. If your computer is not recognizing that a device is plugged in, you may need to try a different USB cable. If you've purchased a Micro USB Cable from our online store, you won't have to worry about this issue.
Launch the Arduino IDE and navigate to Tools > Board and select the Arduino Pro or Pro Mini (3.3V, 8MHz).
Remember, the TinyDuino is 8MHz, not 16MHz!
Select your serial port by navigating to Tools > Port (on Windows, your port will most likely be labeled COM3 or higher – on MAC, something like tty.usbserial-XXX…)
If you have any issues finding the correct port, check out this Port Trouble Page for Windows and Mac.
Run a test program to make sure everything is connected and downloaded correctly by navigating to File > Examples > 01. Basics > Blink
Selecting this example program will open a new IDE window, so you may have to check the Board and Port selections under Tools are correct. Check back to Step 4 if you're unsure.
Click the right-facing arrow at the top of the window to upload the Blink program to the TinyDuino and you will see the RX and TX labeled lights flash as it programs. You should then see a green blinking LED on the board after the program is done uploading.
As always, if you have any questions or feedback, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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