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Jun 13, 2015 9:28 AM ET

Archived: Microduino mCookie – The smallest electronic modules on LEGO® : Small, stackable, Arduino-compatible electronics for makers, designers, engineers, students and curious tinkerers of all ages.

iCrowdNewswire - Jun 13, 2015

Microduino mCookie: The smallest electronic modules on LEGO®

by Microduino Studio

Small, stackable, Arduino-compatible electronics for makers, designers, engineers, students and curious tinkerers of all ages.

About this project

In September 2013, Microduino announced its first product on Kickstarter and achieved its fundraising goal in three days, going on to raise nearly $200,000.

Thanks to our backer’s support, today, we have developed more than 50+ blocks and 30+ sensors, and we have amassed a large number of resources on our website including more than 100 basic tutorials, 500 possible projects, 700 pages of wiki instructions and a 10,000 member community that is always eager to help.

We’ve been in close communication with our community to gather feedback and learn how we can improve the maker experience since our first generation of Microduino. After nearly a year of research and development – and several iterations – we are proud to bring you the next generation of Microduino: Microduino mCookie!

Microduino mCookies are  powerful, small and stackable — magnetically stackable!  The innovative structure of mCookie has many new cool features!

 1. mCookie links magnetically, guaranteeing that the right connection is always made.

Microduino mCookie snaps together magnetically with four magnets inside four corners, makers can connect mCookie modules quickly and correctly with a satisfying snap. The modules will reject each other if they are not angled correctly, so you can’t get it wrong – making it easier for makers of all ages to work and play, and eliminating the need for soldering.

2. Microduno mCookie is Arduino-compatible  

The Microduino mCookie series is Arduino-compatible open source hardware. It can be programmed in an Arduino IDE development environment and integrated into existing Arduino sketches.

3. Microduino mCookie is LEGO®-compatible

Built with two raised circular fixators on each side, mCookie can be stacked with all LEGO series products. With LEGO compatibility, we’re making it easier than ever for beginners and children to get started with DIY electronics!

4. Microduino mCookie has pogo pins

Stackable pins can be easily bent during usage. New spring pins inside mCookie provide rugged surface-to-surface connection between circuit boards for a longer usable lifetime.

5. Microduino mCookie has a secure design

Secure module design makes it easy to fix several mCookie modules with nylon rope, or M2 screws to securely fasten more robust designs.

6. Microduino mCookie is colorful

Powerful capabilities wrapped in a candy-colored shell make each module easy to distinguish and fun to work (and play!) with.

7. Microduino mCookie is easy to program

Experienced and professional makers can write their own programs in the Arduino IDE and transmit their code to the hardware via USB, while beginners can use the Scratch graphic programming tool to drag and drop components to bring their application to life.

Function of each mCookie is consistent to related Microduino module.

mCookie provides unlimited possibilities!

Microduino and mCookie brings powerful, small, stackable electronic hardware to makers, designers, engineers, students and curious tinkerers of all ages to build open source projects or create innovative new ones.

mCookie BLE light
mCookie BLE light
mCookie detector
mCookie detector
mCookie robot car control unit
mCookie robot car control unit
mCookie music box
mCookie music box
mCookie weather station
mCookie weather station
mCookie LED microphone
mCookie LED microphone

More projects with Microduinos (compatible with mCookies)

And check more on Microduino website http://www.microduino.cc or wiki http://wiki.microduino.cc

We provide 3 mCookie kits in this Kickstarter campaign, including 101 Basic kit, 201 Advanced kit and 301 Expert kit. There are different mCookie modules and sensors in each kit.

The Microduino team has worked hard to make this a compelling product and to offer it at a great price for Kickstarter backers. We really appreciate your continuous support over the past 2 years, and for all that you’ve done and will do, to make this a great campaign and community!

Please take this opportunity to get mCookie at our low Kickstarter price. After the campaign, the price will come back to retail :).

We first came up with the idea for mCookie in September 2014. From there, we used the next seven months to design, verify, prototype and produce the product. After a lot of hard work, we are now very excited to present the final new product to you!

Following our launch this May, we plan to begin mass production in June and start shipping in July.

Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what some of our fans are saying on Twitter:

@KestlerEdwin: Microduino Rocks! 

@Elstarda: …I think #microduinos are awesome! #makerpride

@Rei_vilo: A new @microduino #makerpride coming? First boards were really great! Read my review at http://bit.ly/1K4uVne 

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with Microduino on a project called ‘Eggduino.’ Microduino lives inside the egg and helps us monitor and collect data from under-incubating birds. This is the sort of information we need to save some of the world’s most critically endangered creatures.” – Adam Bloch

“New generation of Microduino – the mCookie is more suitable for design and education, let teachers and designers into the world of IoT (Internet of things), come join us!” – LiYin, Founder, CEO of QingCheng Maker Education Ltd, Inc.
“It’s amazing that an Arduino-compatible board can be so small!” – Trevor Elkins

 “Think again, if you have something as simple as a bunch of legos that could put together nicely and easily, and doesn’t cost you any extra!” – Professor Aalto University Finland.

“You can do so many nice things with mCookie without being a specialist in engineering, go for it guys!” – Timo Nyberg, Professor Aalto University Finland.

 “These are great for quick prototyping and have multiple interfaces like wifi, bluetooth, GPS basicly anything.” – Professor Aalto University Finland.

Microduino was founded in 2012 by four friends, led by Tiki Wang and Bin Feng, Kejia Pan and ZCB.

Hello from Tiki, Bin, Kejia and ZCB!

Microduino was founded in 2012 by four friends. We are passionate about open source hardware, and we are excited to bring you easy-to-use, small sized, stackable, Arduino-compatible modules. The first generation of Microduino was a big success on Kickstarter and we are excited to bring you the second generation – Microduino mCookie. If you’re as excited as we are, please back us and help us get the word out on social media!

Today, we are an international company of makers and creators focused on bringing easy-to-use electronics hardware to our growing community. Microduino offers Arduino-compatible modules that are small, flexible, stackable and powerful, and can be used to create a limitless amount of projects. We support more than 10,000 makers, designers, engineers,teachers, parents and children.

Follow @Microduino on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Microduino
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Find more interesting projects: https://www.microduino.cc/
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Risks and challenges

The Microduino team gained much experience on campaign maintenance and operation during our first two Kickstarter campaigns. Microduino mCookie modules have been designed, developed, prototyped and tested by the Microduino community for several months; the design and production specifications had been verified. We will start the mass production as soon as the project receives 100 percent of the funding, even before the end of the campaign.

We have a close relationship with our manufacturing partner in Shenzhen, who has been manufacturing high-quality modules for us since 2014. In addition, we have another manufacturer in Beijing, as a backup which we have been using for years. They both have proven to be high-production partners, therefore manufacturing risk is minimized.

As for the challenge of delivery, we have already established a supply chain and will make sure your rewards arrive on time and in perfect condition. In case of unforeseen circumstances, we will work to overcome any difficulties.

Contact Information:

Tiki Wang
Bin Feng
Kejia Pan
Microduino Studio

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