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TinyCircuits is an Open Source Hardware company based in downtown Akron, OH USA out of a 100 year old, former rubber factory. We specialize in designing and manufacturing very small (Tiny) electronics that let you create your own miniature electronics projects. We are proud to manufacture our products here in the USA and have a full surface mount electronics (SMT) line in operation. 

We serve the Maker community and are Maker's ourselves - our main product is the TinyDuino - an Arduino compatible platform the size of a US Quarter. The TinyDuino platform is completely modular and works like tiny electronic LEGOs, so you can easily add complex functions, like GPS, WiFi, motor control or graphics displays to your projects just by plugging in the expandable modules (called TinyShields). 

TinyCircuits was founded in 2011 by Ken Burns as AkroSense LLC, with the intent to develop cheap, smart (very easy to use) and tiny sensors. During development of the initial sensor prototypes, we realized the need for a host processor platform to use – and the Arduino was the perfect fit. After showing off the prototypes, we began to shift our focus to building out the TinyDuino Platform to offer a core set of building blocks for makers to use to make cool shit!

TinyCircuits are used by thousands of people in over sixty countries worldwide to create a variety of projects, from Makers creating fun projects at home to engineering students at the top universities like Berkeley, Duke, and MIT doing cutting edge research. TinyCircuits are used by small companies to create prototypes as well as large tech companies to test new concepts. 

TinyCircuits is a proud supporter of the Open Source Hardware Association and have helped to sponsor the Open Hardware Summit since 2013. We believe that open source leads to faster innovation in a collaborative environment. The TinyDuino and TinyLily products are all open source and released under the Creative Commons Share-Alike 3.0 License. The TinyDuino is a derivative design of the Arduino Uno, created by the Arduino team, and the TinyLily is a derivative design of the LilyPad Arduino, created by Leah Buechley and Sparkfun Electronics.

Our mission here at TinyCircuits' is to make cool shit and to inspire the maker community while we're doing it. 

 

 

 

Timeline

  • Oct 2011: TinyCircuits officially incorporated as AkroSense LLC in the state of Ohio
  • Nov 2011: TinyDuino concept showed off at the first meeting of SYNHAK, the Akron MakerSpace
  • Feb 2012: Early TinyDuino prototypes built and demo-ed for the Akron Digital Group
  • Aug 2012: TinyCircuits trade name registered, TinyDuino prototyping phase is complete
  • Sept 2012: TinyDuino campaign launched on Kickstarter.  Goal of $10,000 hit in 3 days, raised $106K total.  
  • Oct 2012: Moved the TinyCircuits offices from a bedroom in Ken's house, to a 1500 square foot office in downtown Akron, in the former BF Goodrich rubber factory.  
  • Nov - Dec 2012: SMT Production machinery arrives in Akron, Expanded office to 3000 square feet, first production runs of the TinyDuino
  • Jan - May 2013: Production and shipping of TinyDuino Kickstarter rewards
  • June 2013: TinyCircuits webstore officially opens for business
  • Aug 2013: First TinyCircuits Open house held, with special guest Dale Dougherty, founder of Make 
  • Jan 2014: Microcenter becomes our first retail partner to sell TinyCircuits at retail locations
  • June 2014: Expanded office to 5000 square feet
  • July 2014: New website launched, early TinyScreen prototypes created
  • Sept 2014: TinyScreen campaign launched on Kickstarter.  Goal of $15,000 hit in under 8 hours, raised $128K total.  
  • Spring 2015: Production and shipping of TinyScreen Kickstarter rewards
  • May 2015: Initial Tiny Arcade prototype demo-ed at Maker Faire Bay Area to a huge response.  
  • Nov 2015: Tiny Arcade campaign launched on Kickstarter.  Goal of $25,000 hit in 3 days, raised $76K total.
  • April 2016: New website launched - main website URL changed from http://tiny-circuits.com to http://tinycircuits.com  (finally got rid of the annoying hyphen).

 

Ken Burns

Ken Burns

Founder and President

Ben Rose

Ben Rose

Lead Engineer

Dave Kearns

Dave Kearns

Manufacturing Supervisor

Greg Gambone

Greg Gambone

Assembly Technician

Laveréna Wienclaw

Laveréna Wienclaw

Associate Engineer

Hunter Hykes

Hunter Hykes

Associate Engineer

David Lewis

David Lewis

Marketing Intern

Lindsey Sisler

Lindsey Sisler

Office Manager

Eric Miller

Eric Miller

Assembly Technician

Colin Rich

Colin Rich

Video + Photography Intern

 

Colin Frame

Assembly Technician

Deanna Heflin

Assembly Technician

Zachary Lee

Engineering Intern

Jason Marcum

Engineering Intern