Pinoccio - A Complete Ecosystem for Building the Internet of Things

A wireless, web-ready microcontroller with WiFi, LiPo battery, & built-in radio. An API to get your board talking to the Web right out of the box.

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We are in the final hours of the campaign — if you haven’t backed the project yet, do it now!


If we reach $85,000 WE REACHED $85,000!!

Great job everyone! We reached the goal! Every funder at the $49 level and higher is going to receive 1 free Proto Shield in their perk shipment.

If we reach $95,000 WE REACHED $95,000!!

Awesome! We're upgrading all Pinoccio boards to the ATmega256RFR2 microcontroller. It’s lower-power when receiving on the mesh network (it uses way less battery), and it has double the flash memory — 256k instead of the original 128k listed on our specs. More about the ATmega256RFR2 from Atmel.

Shield Roadmap Announced

We’ve been listening to the Pinoccio community, and we’ve published a roadmap of what shields are on the way for the Pinoccio platform, and when you can expect them.

Some of these shields will be ready to ship by the time perks are shipping, and campaign Funders will be able to add them to their perk shipment.

About Pinoccio

Every Pinoccio is wireless - Every Pinoccio has a rechargeable battery and a built-in radio. Pinoccio boards can talk to each other wirelessly (even the ones without a WiFi shield) and have a range similar to a wireless router.

WiFi made easy - Easily connect your DIY hardware project to the Web over WiFi. Have your board talking to the Web within minutes of unboxing.  And yes! You only need one WiFi shield to have dozens of your Pinoccio boards communicating with the web! WiFi shield features a micro SD card slot for logging data.


WiFi-enabled Pinoccio microcontroller


Arduino-compatible - You can use the Arduino software to program Pinoccios, and the code for many existing Arduino projects will work on Pinoccio.

Mesh networking - Connect multiple Pinoccio boards to the Web wirelessly, all via one Pinoccio board + WiFi shield. Even if one of the Scout boards is out of WiFi range, the others will route its data up to the Web.

A rechargeable power source - Every board has a LiPo battery that charges via micro USB. A single charge lasts days to weeks — even months on a single charge (depends on how you're using the boards).

An API - The Pinoccio API completes the "last mile" between hardware and the Web. Send and receive messages between your board and the API. Using our API is totally optional — you own your data, and can run your own web server if you don't want to use ours. More about the Pinoccio API

Open source - Pinoccio is open-source hardware, which means that you can download the schematics, the board layout, and the bootloaders and do with it what you like. We host all of our files on the Github page.

A community - The Pinoccio community is already starting to share ideas about what they want to build, including what shields they plan on building for Pinoccio. The community is a place where you can share ideas, projects, code, help each other out, and collaborate on projects.  Want to join the discussion?  The community forums are open!


Like an Arduino Mega — with wings!

Pinoccio vs. Arduino size comparison

Pinoccio vs Arduino - Spec comparison table 


Tech Specs

Pinoccio has similar specs to the Arduino Mega.

  • Atmel ATmega128RFA1 microcontroller at 16MHz and 128k of flash
  • 550mAh LiPo rechargeable battery, rechargeable via the USB jack
  • 2.4GHz radio using the 802.15.4 wireless standard
  • 17 digital I/O pins, including four with PWM
  • 8 analog input pins
  • 2 hardware UART serial ports
  • Hardware SPI bus
  • Dedicated I2C bus
  • On-board temperature sensor
  • On-board RGB LED

Detailed tech specs


We Need $60,000 to Make Pinoccio Happen

With your help, we'll raise the $60,000 that we need to:

Get the boards FCC certified - This is an expensive process, costing $10,000 for the certification lab to give us the green light. But getting this certification means that Pinoccios are above-board in terms of regulatory approval.  Awesome!

Produce the first run of boards - We've been prototyping via small — and expensive — batches of boards. We're currently on our 9th revision, the hardware is dialed in, and we're ready for you to start building on Pinoccio. However, the only way to make Pinoccio affordable for everyone is to do a large production run of the boards. $50,000 is the minimum amount we need for assembly and manufacture of the first run of boards.

With our perks, you'll be the first wave of Makers, Artists, Musicians, Hackers, and Educators to build on the Pinoccio platform. We strongly recommend the Pinoccio Starter Kit at $149. With the Starter Kit, you'll get 2 Pinoccio boards — each with its own rechargeable LiPo battery, 1 WiFi shield, and 1 micro USB cable for charging. You can start building any number of interesting wireless projects with the Pinoccio Starter Kit.



Shipping outside the U.S.
For International Shipping of rewards $49 and up, you'll need to add an extra $12. How do you add this money? When you select a contribution level, you'll be prompted to enter the total contribution amount just below. Add the $12 to the cost of the reward there.

What if I forgot to add the $12 for international shipping?
After the project is funded and we're ready to ship, we'll contact each contributor to confirm shipping details. If you didn't add shipping when you contributed, you can add it then.


About Us

Eric Jennings is a TechStars NYC alum with a ton of startup experience. He’s into hacking pretty much anything he can get his hands on: music, the environment, the brain, and the agora. His background is in writing software, but he has a soft spot for open-source hardware. Regardless of the tools, his passion lies in breaking open old, stagnant industries.

Sally Carson is a User Experience Designer with over a decade of Tech Industry experience. She’s worked with companies including Yahoo, the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Crutchfield, and Lynda.com. She’s also cartoonist, a retired NYC bicycle messenger, and a long distance bike tourer. She was listening to R. Kelly's "I'm a Flirt" when she wrote this.


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