The tinyCylon is the classic “Larson scanner” in one square inch. Five red LEDs scan back and forth and in many other patterns. This kit is very popular with model builders and costume designers. Schematic and source code available.

26 in stock (can be backordered)

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What is it?

The tinyCylon is a DIY electronics kit which contains some LEDs, a microcontroller and other components that blinks in various patterns. The LEDs blink as you’ve seen them with KITT in Knight Rider or the mesmerizing light patterns you’ve seen on the Centurions from Battlestar Galactica. This kit includes a pre-programmed Atmel/Microchip AVR ATtiny13A microcontroller which is the brain that controls the LED flashing patterns.

Why do it?

This is a great kit for people who are learning to solder, or are building models that need to blink, or designing costumes with LEDs in them. If you are looking to draw visual attention to your next project, costume or model, this is the kit for you! This easy-to-build kit is fun to assemble and is even more fun to use and show off to your friends.

Benefit & Value:

After you build the kit, you will have gained experience in soldering common types of components to a printed circuit board (PCB). Along the way, you’ll have learned some best practices & good habits about electronics assembly. You’ll be better at soldering and can impress your friends! This is also a great kit for folks who are looking to start learning computer programming or embedded system development.

Who benefits?

Parents love seeing their kids learn new skills, and this is a great learning kit for learning how to solder. Teachers can use this simple kit to illustrate basic electronics and soldering concepts to students aged 8 years old and up. Kids love learning new skills and things that blink, so this kit is great for practicing fine motor skills with a cool reward at the end.

What’s in the kit?

The kit includes in the resealable plastic, static dissipated bag:

  • 1 PCB with pre-programmed microcontroller
  • 5 LEDs
  • 1 resistor
  • 1 push-button switch
  • 1 battery holder
  • Product label

Information & Instructions

Assembly Instructions | Source Code (.C) | Schematic

Additional information

Weight 0.5 oz
Dimensions 5 × 3 × 0.5 in
Assembly required?

Yes – this kit requires soldering

Assembly Instructions

Assembly instructions PDF https://www.dalewheat.com/tinycylon-assembly-instructions-v2-1/


Schematic PDF https://www.dalewheat.com/tinycylon-schematic/

Source Code

Source code https://www.dalewheat.com/info-content/tinyCylon_2_1.c

Extra parts or tools needed?

Three (3) AAA batteries (not included), Rosin-core solder, Soldering iron, Wire cutters, Safety goggles

Warnings & Cautions

Contains small parts, Requires soldering, Adult supervision required

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