The Next Small Thing
words and photos by Chris Horne
They’re Akron’s little company than can, specializing in small, stackable arduinos that makers use to tackle fun projects. But now TinyCircuits is broadening its horizons and this latest Kickstarter project, TinyArcade, is part of that.
The first two crowdfunded efforts helped get founder Ken Burns and company going, giving them a global customer base and the money to buy needed equipment.
Even as much as the maker movement is growing, Ken realizes there’s a bigger audience they can tap into who currently don’t want to have to build the cool things they get. With TinyArcade, they can get their wee playable arcade game in a kit or already assembled. Heck, maybe it’ll even be the gateway drug that gets them into hard core maker-stuffs.
Either way, it’s just part of a move to help the Canal Place-based operation grow. Another is a partnership with the EPA to develop technology that would help monitor waterways, which could mean Akron-made gadgets floating in every state all over the country.