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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. In this video, Matt Richardson shows you how, based on a tutorial from MIT Media Lab’s High-Low Tech Group. The best part is you can use the same Arduino code and development environment that you’re already used to.

More information about this how-to is available at:

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Sam says:

    Hi there, I was just wondering where the written instructions and file downloads went, i can’t seem to find them.

  2. hugo says:

    Ok, does it work with an arduino mega ?

  3. Peter says:

    1. can I just take the chip from uno and use itself without arduino board? (Project already uploaded)?

    2. How to power up the chip? Use 5V pin? On arduino 5V is output :/

    Reason I asking I have two arduino and one of them is broken but chip itself is fine (replace it and work)

    Kind regards


    1. Christian says:

      Hi Peter,

      1. Yes, you can.
      The chip on the Uno-board is an ATmega328P-PU (datasheet:

      2. There is a tutorial on the Arduino pages on how to program a ATmega328 on a breadboard ( or how to setup a standalone ATmega328 Arduino on a breadoard (

      Kind regards

  4. Neil says:

    I think the link is down.

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