Shrinkify Your Arduino Projects

If you have a simple Arduino project that uses only a few pins, you might be able to shrink it down to a single 8-pin ATtiny chip. How-To: Shrinkify Your Arduino Projects video and How-To: Shrinkify Your Arduino Projects article shows you how. The best part is you can use the same Arduino code and development environment that you’re already used to.

The ideas presented on video and article are based on a tutorial from MIT Media Lab’s High-Low Tech Group that shows how you how to program an ATtiny45 or ATtiny85 microcontroller using the Arduino software and hardware. The ATtiny45 and ATtiny85 are small (8-leg), cheap ($2-3) microcontrollers that are convenient for running simple programs.


  1. Mohan says:

    Here is the Little Attiny ISP Shield can be used for this project to Shrinkfy´╗┐

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Gimmick on Barebones Arduino 16MHz

    Barebones ATmega328P-PU with tunable crystal load capacitors and it is all a gimmick!

    The 8MHz version conserves power, is Arduino IDE friendly, and is as cheap as the raw Atmel chip.

    But what if you need a 16MHz Crystal Stabilized barebones?
    Silly me … there must be a thousand projects out on the Internet about building your own Arduino from bare parts.
    Two capacitors formed by the tape and common ground plane will provides our two load capacitors for the 16 MHz crystal.


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