LittleBits just can’t get a break.
Another player in the magnetically modular make-it-child-makeable electronics building kit launches on Kickstarter. Although more compelling in its open sourcey-ness than littleBits, Microduino’s mCookie design — from the magnetic joints to the color scheming — shouts lawsuit from the littleBits IP attorneys. Hard to say if they’ll survive into a version 2 release even though I want one for my toddler.
Geez, guys, couldn’t you be a little less blatant in that color palette?
The microduino mCookie modular electronics kit.
If there’s one trend that is continuing to evolve throughout the Maker Movement, it’s modularity. DIYers are constantly seeking expedited and efficient ways to piece together their projects, all while bringing their ideas to life without the hassles of soldering and wiring messes.
from Open Electronics
Need a tasty add-on for the Beaglebone Black?
With the T-bone, a custom “cape” (daughterboard) for the Beaglebone Black, running your 3D printers, laser cutters or milling machines will be considerably easier. The cape comes preprogrammed for the Reprap Mendel 3D Printer, along with low level drivers, the printer application and a high level Web Interface for control.
Source:via Open Electronics
As wonderful a platform as the Beaglebone Black is, the board is a piker compared to the add-ons available for the Arduino. The Bone’s universe of capes is limited and pretty pricey.
A current device from an engineering team in Germany, though, caught our eye and opened our wallet on Indiegogo: a low-cost daughterboard that makes it possible to use nearly any Arduino shield on the Beaglebone Black. They promise shipping by May, so it should arrive in time to write about it in my upcoming book, A Beaglebone Black Cookbook: Seventy-Five Recipes for Making Things with a Microcomputer (Packt Publishing, pub. date Fall 2014).
Arduino Shield to BeagleBone Black Cape | Indiegogo.
uArm is an Arduino-powered desktop 4-axis parallel-mechanism robot arm, modeled after the ABB industrial PalletPack robot.
from futurescope: uArm: Put a Miniature Industrial… |.
Roll (or mill) your own PCBs, brass fittings, molds, you name it. A fabulous Kickstarter project out of SF’s Otherfab folks brings us a portable, computer controlled, 3-axis mill that is specifically designed for use at home or in a small workspace. The design team of this beauty — called the Othermill — has built a compact mini mill that is small and quiet enough for home use, yet precise enough for high level electrical and mechanical prototyping work.
Product pricing still TBD, thus the Kickstarter strategy: buy parts at volume and keep Othermill affordable. Time to chip in!
(via The Othermill: Custom Circuits at Your Fingertips by Otherfab — Kickstarter)