Our friends at Makeblock have just launched their latest Kickstarter campaign with hopes of introducing more young Makers to STEM. Neuron is a set of 30 programmable electronic building blocks, each with different functions that snap together to create a variety of innovative gadgets.
Functions can broken down into four categories: energy and community (such as power, receiver, transceiver, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi), control (joystick, knob and button), input (camera and various sensors), and output (LEDs and buzzer).
There’s plenty of accessories as well, including the Neuron board, which makes the platform compatible with other Makeblock parts and LEGO pieces. The colorful, plug-and-play blocks are designed to withstand extensive use with its simple yet sturdy pogo pin, and are also magnetic!
Combined with intuitive flow-based programming, Neuron enables users of all levels to bring their ideas to life. All projects can be operated and/or coded using Makeblock’s graphical interface mBlock and Neuron app, and even support third-party software like Microsoft’s Cognitive Services.
Each Neuron unit can be software independent, meaning you can interact with your creation both on or offline. In offline mode, you can build a gadget that activates a servo using ultrasonic sensor. Then using the accompanying Neuron app in online mode, you can program the device to carry out more complex action sequences for servo operation and then control its movement remotely.
Sample use cases range from watering plants by smartphone to manueving RC cars with Makeblock’s Creative Cloud. The possibilities are endless! Right now, there are four kits available: Explorer, Light Wizard, Science Lab, and All-in-One Interested? Check out the team’s Kickstarter campaign!