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We’ve seen countless different robot kits promoted for STEM education, every one of which can perform the robotic “Hello World” task of line following. Many were in attendance at Maker Faire Bay Area 2019 toiling in their endless loops. Walking past one such display by Microduino, Inc. our attention was caught by a demonstration of their mCookie modules in action: installing a peripheral module took less than a second with a “click” of magnets finding each other.

Many Arduino projects draw from an ecosystem of Arduino shields. Following that established path, Microduino had offered tiny Arduino-compatible boards and peripherals which connected with pins and headers just like their full-sized counterparts. Unfortunately their tiny size also meant their risk of pin misalignment and corresponding damage would be higher as well. mCookie addresses this challenge by using pogo pins for electrical contacts, and magnets to ensure proper alignment. Now even children with not-quite-there-yet dexterity can assemble these modules, opening up a market to a younger audience.

Spring loaded electric connections are a popular choice for programming jigs, and we’ve seen them combined with magnets for ideas like modular keyboards, and there are also LittleBits for building simple circuits. When packaged with bright colorful LEGO-compatible plastic mounts, we have the foundation of an interesting option for introductory electronics and programming. Microduino’s focus at Maker Faire was promoting their Itty Bitty Buggy, which at $60 USD is a significantly more affordable entry point to intelligent LEGO creations than LEGO’s own $300 USD Mindstorm EV3. It’ll be interesting to see if these nifty mCookie modules will help Microduino differentiate themselves from other LEGO compatible electronic kits following a similar playbook.

mCookies from microduino are compatible with Arduinos, stack with magnets, and fit into Lego projects.mCookies are the stackable, Arduino-compatible circuit boards that look like Microduino's answer to LittleBits.

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The post Microduino Unveils Stackable LittleBits Alternative appeared first on Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

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Microduino-Joypad: an open source 8-bit game console & more!

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Microduino-Joypad is … an 8-bit game console + open source + UPin27 + AVR,STM32,MSP430,51 compatible + smart controller == Awesome!  by Microduino Studio:

Microduino studio launched the first kickstarter in September 2013, introducing the brand new Arduino-compatible development board—Microduino. We achieved success with the unique Upin27 interface, compact size, rich expansion boards as well as many applications. Over the past year, Microduino community has been growing rapidly. Now we have nearly 10,000 players worldwide.

At the 25th anniversary of the Gameboy console, we are now releasing Joypad – 8-bit multi-functional game console to show our respects to Gameboy–the most classic game console in the history.

With this elegantly designed little Joypad, we are hoping to bring you the greatest joy from your childhood memory. The best thing is it’s completely open source and you can even create and develop your own game to inspire your imagination. Moreover, it’s not only a game console, it’s also a remote controller for other devices, such as Quadcopter, robot and cell phone, etc.

Microduino-Joypad: an open source 8-bit game console & more! - [Link]

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Microduino: Arduino in your pocket –small, stackable, smart

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Microduino is… Arduino compatible + Small size + Stackable pin-out + Various extension modules + Open source + Low price == Awesome!

The Microduino series is a 100% Arduino compatible open source hardware, compatible with Arduino IDE development environment and existing Arduino sketches.

All Microduino boards adopt a uniform U-shape 27-pin standard pin-out (UPin-27). Thus Microduino series can be easily stacked together through the UPin-27, and all modules are delivered ready to stack.

Microduino: Arduino in your pocket –small, stackable, smart - [Link]



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