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Low cost Arduino compatible master of light in a tiny package for custom projects
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TinyGlo+ is a custom lighting solution for use in numerous projects. Let your mind go wild with three programmable full color LEDs that are very powerful. Using an optional battery, make it portable or wearable. Add on a microphone to make dancing lights or be the star of the rave with a custom bright LED solution. Your imagination is the only limit. With a low cost, leave TinyGlo+ in your project or combine many of them for a dramatic custom lighting feature. Since TinyGlo+ is Arduino compatible, programming it for your application couldn't be easier.

TinyGlo+ builds upon the success of the original TinyGlo project, which put on a firefly like light show.  With this new generation, many new features have been added including a larger microprocessor, more lights, full color, expandable battery capability, many expansion pins for external applications and the ability to reprogram it easily.  All of the original features are also retained including the ambient light sensing capability.

TinyGlo+ is a great platform for learning with integrated features that allow the beginner to realize results quickly for multiple applications and comes with several examples. You can also expand the capabilities by adding on external components with the standard SPI, I2C, analog, digital and serial interfaces.

Features

  • Arduino compatible
  • 3 individually addressable RGB LEDs 
  • Multiple power options: LiPo battery (optional), USB or external 
  • Lithium polymer battery charging capability 
  • Phototransistor allows ambient light levels to be detected 
  • User programmable push button 
  • switch On-Off slide switch 
  • N-Channel MOSFET for driving external applications 
  • 16 Mhz precision crystal for reliable USB operation 
  • VUSB for programming via USB interface 
  • Numerous expansion pins for adding on external accessories 
  • Dimensions: 27mm x 37mm (about 1 x 1.5 inches) 
  • Breadboard friendly spacing between pins
  • Optimized for low power consumption for battery applications

Applications and examples  

A wine bottle becomes a spectacular light show with the help of some glass beads, water and TinyGlo+:

Using a brown paper bag, TinyGlo+ flickers just like a real candle to create a traditional luminaria bag:

TinyGlo+ rocks hard. Add a microphone, music and a white paper bag, and this is what you get:

Current Status

This prototype is performing perfectly and is ready for production. The final production version of the board will likely be in a green solder mask with white silk screening. While we don't anticipate any major design changes, minor changes may occur as feedback from backers is given consideration.

Acknowledgements

Arduino: For years has enabled millions of makers to work with microprocessors in a friendly way. From beginners to experts, their efforts make learning and using electronics much easier.  

Digistump: Pioneered the use of the ATtiny167 microprocessor for use with Arduino. TinyGlo+ is compatible with the Digispark Pro. TinyGlo+ is in no way supported, authorized, or made by Digistump

Adafruit: Creator of the open source NeoPixel Arduino library allowing TinyGlo+ and countless other projects to use the WS2812B programmable LED. Adafruit takes great strides in providing quality products that are open source to share their knowledge with the maker community.

Micronucleus V2.02: Numerous contributors to the Micronucleus bootloader software enables inexpensive Atmel microprocessors to use an emulated USB port to upload user programs. It is revolutionary in enabling VUSB functionality.

Atmel: Provides a wide variety of electronic components, such as the ATtiny167 microprocessor used in the TinyGlo+ project. A "system on a chip" design that incorporates many features into a tiny comprehensive package that is the heart and brain of the project.

Risks and challenges

Due to the low price and number of components in this design, automated assembly will be required. If the project sufficiently exceeds its goals, an automated pick-and-place electronics assembly machine will be purchased for this purpose. For a smaller batch, this assembly work will be contracted to a third party. Additionally, minor risks exist regarding component availability. In past projects that we have delivered, each project experienced supply delays on certain components, however, we were able to deliver the rewards on-time by working with our vendors and our timeline was accommodating for these anticipated delays. For reference, these past hardware projects which were successfully Kickstarted and delivered on-time include RefloLeo, TinyGlo and the High Speed Laser Optical sensor board. While we have no doubt it will be done, the dates may need to adjust in order to accommodate any large volumes should this project far exceed its initial goals.

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