LOS ANGELES, May 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Microduino, Inc. has launched Microduino mCookie on Kickstarter, bringing powerful, small, stackable electronic hardware to makers, designers, engineers, students and curious tinkerers of all ages. mCookie modules are quarter-sized hardware components inspired by the popular Arduino board that connect magnetically and can be built into predesigned projects or used to innovate new ones.
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"Maker culture has taken off in recent years. With mCookie, we aim to make the joy of maker culture as accessible as possible to hobbyists and students, while still being powerful enough for professionals to create and invent," said Bin Feng, cofounder of Microduino. "The response from the maker community to our first release, which can be seen in the amazing projects they built, inspired us to develop an even more user-friendly version that would help everyone - and especially children - build what inspires them."
mCookie takes the popular open-source Arduino board and transforms it into small, stackable modules, which are color-coded and snap together magnetically. Each module is purpose-built to perform one core function, stacked on top of a main processor. There are modules for Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, GPS, storage, sound, sensor readings and more, including everything necessary to build popular projects such as drones, robots, GPS trackers, 3D printers, open-source watches and smart gardening gadgets. Additionally, modules are LEGO®-compatible and only fit together when the right connection is made, making them more accessible to people of all ages and eliminating the need for soldering. For projects that need reinforcement, spring pins provide rugged surface-to-surface connections between circuit boards for a longer usable lifetime, and M2 screws can securely fasten more robust designs.
mCookie is available for preorder on Kickstarter today through different project kits aimed at all levels of makers and sold at various price points. Early bird pricing is available for the first 100 backers of each unique project kit. Example project kits include:
- mCookie 101 Basic: Includes 4 modules, 6 sensors, a full set of accessories and instructions to help beginners create simple projects such as a light-up LED microphone and a Bluetooth-controlled LED.
- mCookie 201 Advanced: Includes 8 modules, 13 sensors, a full set of accessories and instructions to create bigger projects such as a teeter-totter programmed with Scratch, a music box, a joystick, an electronic puppy, a thermometer, a hygrometer and more.
- mCookie 301 Expert: Includes 13 modules, 21 sensors, a full set of accessories and instructions to create more complex projects such as a weather station, motion controlled LED lights, and time-lapse photography controller. Experienced and professional makers can write their own programs in the Arduino IDE and transmit their code to the hardware via USB, while novices can take advantage of open-source scratch programming to drag and drop pre-written code to bring their projects to life.
For more information or to preorder an mCookie kit, visit us on Kickstarter. The first 50 "early bird" supporters will also receive a Microduino t-shirt.
Microduino, Inc. is an international company of makers and creators aimed at bringing easy-to-use electronics hardware to makers, designers, engineers, students and curious tinkerers of all ages. Microduino offers Arduino-compatible modules that are small, flexible, stackable and powerful, and can be used to create a limitless amount of projects. Founded in 2012 by four friends, Microduino has grown into a company of 20 across the U.S. and China, supporting a growing community of more than 10,000 makers, designers, engineers, teachers, parents and children worldwide. Learn more at www.microduino.cc, and follow Microduino on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
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