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No problem!

Feel free to ask more questions if you get stuck on something, and I would love to see the project once you finish it!

I love both the TinyLily and Wirelings, but the Wirelings are definitely a lot faster and easier to learn with since you can just unplug and re-plug them if you change your mind halfway through your project. The advantage of TinyLilys is that you can get simple projects really small and can even sew them into clothing with conductive thread (great for techy holiday sweaters!)

Best of luck!
Réna
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General Discussion / Re: Is there any "TinyCircuits for Dummies" info...?
« Last post by BirdsInMyBrain on December 04, 2021, 05:57:25 PM »
Thank You, Réna!
I have some tiny LEDs I'd ordered on a whim  ;) so I'm glad to know I can add some via  the extra Wireling connector. 
Thank you also for the links - I saw that there are many resources available  on the website but, to be honest, I got a little overwhelmed, so your suggestions let me focus and get started learning  :D 

I peeked at the wirelings - I'm familiar with soldering but at the age where my hands sometimes seem to have minds of their own, LOL!  ;D so the Wirelings are --- dare I say it???  ---- brilliant! 
Sorry, I could not "resist".......! 

Anyway, off to take a look and start learning :D
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TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: Tiny TV Arcades
« Last post by lennevia on December 03, 2021, 06:02:28 PM »
Wowza! It looks like you've collected all of the Hallmark cases and even have one of our Arcades - not often does my jaw drop on something shared on the forum like today. This is awesome and we would love to share this on social media!

I am obsessed with the very tiny rubber duck on one of the TVs.

I see USB connections on the TVs - how's the cable management look for all of these?
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General Discussion / Re: Is there any "TinyCircuits for Dummies" info...?
« Last post by lennevia on December 03, 2021, 02:27:46 PM »
Hello!

There are a lot of resources for getting started with Arduino systems: https://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage

We also have tutorials on our Wiki Learn site that includes a tutorial with example code for all of our products and other fun tidbits: https://learn.tinycircuits.com/

I recommend going through some of those high-level resources, but I also recognize being impatient as a similar-minded person. So I think starting with some bullet points on what you want your project to look like and do and then searching for something similar online that another person has done is likely the fastest way to get started.
For example, I made a little tutorial last Halloween using an LED to mimic a candle, so this might be a good project to start from: https://tinycircuits.com/blogs/learn/halloween-decoration-candle-flickering-tinylily-rgb-led

The above tutorial requires some soldering to get it as tiny as possible using our TinyLily products, but you could just as easily do the same project with our Wirelings - which are similar components, but allow you to plug-in sensors, LEDs, etc rather than needing soldering equipment. You could do the above project easily with the hardware in the RGB LED Wireling tutorial: https://learn.tinycircuits.com/Wirelings/RGB-LED_Wireling_Tutorial/ (you can also add in extra LEDs since the RGB LED Wireling has an extra connector on the back to string as many LEDs as you want)

That's a lot of info! Let me know where you have questions and I'd be happy to clarify and help you pick the right hardware for your miniature lanterns!

Best,
Réna
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General Discussion / Is there any "TinyCircuits for Dummies" info...?
« Last post by BirdsInMyBrain on December 03, 2021, 12:28:27 AM »
Hello!  I found this forum because I've had the notion of carving and assembling miniature lanterns, and putting mini-LED "candles" into them.  The problem is that my knowledge and understanding of electronics is rudimentary.  So I was wondering:
Is there a "For Dummies" type of booklet for TinyCircuits and "arduino"?  ((I am not sure yet what "arduino" really is...))
I know - I'm impatient.  I get the notion to make something, and I want to make it ASAP. 
Most of the time, I figure things out very quickly, but Electronics, or at least, anything much beyond connecting a battery, a resistor, and an LED, seems to be something of a maze, because there seem to be so many "systems".

TinyCircuits appeals to me, though, because, well, it's *tiny*.
So, if anyone can suggest any sources of introductory information for using these and for "arduino", that would be great!
Maybe it could even eventually be part of a FAQ...?
Thanks in Advance!   ;D
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General Discussion / Re: Looking for gift for electrical engineer
« Last post by lennevia on December 02, 2021, 04:03:38 PM »
Hello!

We have tons of kits that are great for gifts for anyone, including engineers or tech-interested people who can look deeper into them to either customize or alter functionality. Our TinyTV is our most popular kit that allows users to interact with hardware directly during assembly, paint the TinyTV case, and add their own videos to fully customize it. Here are our most popular kits including the TV: https://tinycircuits.com/collections/diy-kits

That being said, the TinyTV isn't much of a challenge and users don't need to see the background software if they're not interested in that. Many just like having a TinyTV that plays their favorite shows or movies.

Our other more hobbyist kits that include sensors and other boards are great options for someone working on a DIY project, or someone that wants to learn more about embedded components. The Wireling kits are pretty neat! If they like plants, the Plant Monitor Kit would be a good option. Otherwise, the TV is great for movie buffs, and the Arcade systems are great if your dad likes retro video games, or writing their own games!

Let me know if you have any questions or need help picking something you think they'll love to tinker with!

Best,
Réna
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General Discussion / Looking for gift for electrical engineer
« Last post by kaystar10@yahoo.com on December 01, 2021, 08:58:52 PM »
I discovered Tiny Circuits a few weeks ago want to purchase a product for my Dad, an electrical engineer who likes to take computers apart for fun (lol). I want to get him a project that will take him some time, and will be a bit challenging. Any recommendations?
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TinyTV & Tiny Video Player / Re: Tiny TV Arcades
« Last post by RichArcade on November 30, 2021, 10:14:59 PM »
Here is an updated view of the tiny arcade. We got Tiny Tvs all over the place.

https://youtu.be/gYRTEsdHwhI

I was frustrated that Hallmark didn't release a new arcade ornament this year; so I took some old ones and redressed them to be Alien and Godzilla cabinets.


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General Discussion / Re: TinyCircuits + Alexa?
« Last post by lennevia on November 30, 2021, 01:55:29 PM »
Hiya,

It's definitely possible to use Arduino products with Alexa, but depending on what you want to do it could be very possible or possible with some extra work with hardware or software depending on what you want to do. Do you have some boards already? What are you looking to do/make? More details help!

For example, there are tons of projects to look through that might be close to what you want: https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/projects/tags/alexa

Many Alexa/Arduino projects use the Arduino IoT Cloud for most of the work, and unfortunately, that requires some specific Arduino boards for compatibility if you were looking to use that method.

Let me know!

Best,
Réna
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