TinyCircuits was originally started in 2011 by Ken Burns as AkroSense LLC, with the intent to develop cheap, smart, 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 to our friends, we began to shift our focus to building out the TinyDuino platform, offering a core set of building blocks for makers to use to build cool stuff. TinyCircuits is based in downtown Akron, Ohio, in a 100 year old former rubber factory. We are proud to manufacture our own products here in the US and have a full surface mount electronics (SMT) line in operation.
TinyCircuits is a supporter of open source hardware and software and believes this leads to faster innovation in a collaborative environment. Our 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. We are a proud supporter of the Open Source Hardware Association and have helped sponsor the Open Hardware Summit since 2013.
TinyCircuits are used by thousands of people in over sixty countries worldwide to create a variety of projects, from Makers creating projects at home to engineering students in the top universities doing cutting edge research. TinyCircuits are being used by small companies to create product prototypes as well as the largest tech companies to test new concepts.