To provide a more open and accessible way to interface the bit, the beta prototype uses a CJMCU Beetle ATmega32u4 breakout. I wanted to use a fully open hardware DigiSpark, but it was not able to handle the size of the firmware - It may be possible to heavily optimize the code and make it work eventually.
The Beetle runs on 5V, so a generic level translator was required to interface the sensors. I2C pull-up resistors were added directly to the translator board:
The translator joined up with the Beetle:
The two resistors on the beetle are supposed to help keep the analog force sensor voltage mid-range when the force sensors are unloaded (their resistance can go to Mega-ohms)
The happy family: