The Story: We set out to build a little brother to the wonderful Arduino line of development boards - we were tired of leaving our valuable Arduino's behind in projects, or worse, ripping apart old projects to build new ones! We also felt the Arduino was too big and powerful for many projects where we only needed a few pins, or an SPI or I2C bus. And so the Digispark was born! To us, the best things about the Arduino is the community, the easy of use, and the IDE - by making the Digispark an Arduino compatible development board all of those remain common. Plug it in, power your project with USB or external sources, program it with the Arduino IDE, and easily use existing Arduino code! But with its small size and low cost you can feel free to leave it in your project, give one to a friend, and use them everywhere!
Just how small is it? Well it's about the size of a quarter. While the small size made hand soldering prototypes difficult, we find that it is the perfect size to stick in even our smallest projects, but not too small to comfortably handle. Since it uses standard 0.1 in spaced headers it is easy to hookup to anything.
USB On-Board: With the on board USB connector it is also easy to program by either directly plugging it into the computer or, if it is installed in a project, with a super cheap and common USB extension cable. In addition, it is small enough to be left plugged in your computer, use it to run a computer controlled RGB status LED, read a directly attached sensor, or fool your friends by programming it to be a USB keyboard and turn their caps lock on and off randomly, the possibilities are endless!
The Digispark is and will always be open source hardware - it is licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0 and the schematics, firmware, and anything else you might need to hack, change, or recreate the Digispark are fully released and public!
Shield kits will be added to Tindie soon! Currently available at http://digistump.com
Note: Some laptop USB ports are too far recessed for the Digispark connector and may require the use of a USB extension cable or hub. Some (generally older) hardware and hubs may have issues with the Digispark, a hub generally solves these issues.
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