Ninja Blocks founders prepare to launch the Microview
The team over at Geek Ammo is preparing to launch their newest super geek invention through a Kickstarter campaign. The campaign at the time of publishing has already exceeded it’s $25,000 target heading towards the $100,000 mark at lightning speed.
The MicroView is a tiny chip-sized, breadboard compatible Arduino with a built-in OLED display. With the same brains as an Arduino Uno (ATMega328p), the MicroView is fully Arduino compatible and is proudly part of the Arduino@Heart Program. The MicroView is the first Arduino of this size to have a built-in display and we’ve found that it’s great for education.
By utilising the built-in display, the MicroView is the first Arduino that can teach you both electronics and Arduino. The team has also created a cross platform (i.e. iPad, Microsoft Surface and Chrome) interactive guide that walks you through building 11 different circuits.
The team, which consists of co-founders Marcus and Madeliene Schappi and JP Liew, has also built an awesome Arduino software library which allows makers to quickly display: Sprites, Text & Fonts, Lines, Rectangles, Circles, Dots as well as Widgets and Graphs.
“We’ve always tried to make learning electronics easier, we started by creating an Arduino with LEDs on each output pin so you know when the pins are being turned on. We next built Ninja Blocks, an Internet of Things system that removes the impediments of needing to know electronics, networking and programming.To cap things off we asked ourselves how can we make this even easier, and with that came the MicroView,” says Marcus Schappi.
Madeliene Schappi says the device is exciting because it is the first Arduino that can teach you electronics and Arduino; and it comes preflashed with built-in tutorials that are displayed on its LED display.
“We’ve put an incredible amount of time into the MicroView Arduino Library, with only a couple of lines of code makers can dispay images, text, widgets, graphs and gauges,” says JP Liew, CTO of GeekAmmo.
If you’d like to find out more about the product or get your hands on one yourself by backing the project, visit www.kickstarter.com