>> CHIP - AN ELECTRONICS KIT WITH CHARACTER
I wish there we projects like this (coolness and price) when I was a youngin :)
The team over at
based out of Highland Park, New Jersey (USA) are known for representing and
educate the beginner community by creating kits that are not too simple,
complicated or expensive.
was just launched on kickstarter.com - an electronic kit basic enough for
beginners but advanced enough to interact and play with.
The project is simple; aimed at beginners and goes beyond basic soldering:
The kit comes with a number of colored LED's, resistors (220Ω), buttons,
slide switch, coin-cell battery holder (battery included) and headers for
connecting the completed setup to the Pixel Power battery board or other
solutions for more advanced projects (ie: Arduino).
The final result is an interactive toy a child can play with, pressing buttons
to turn on or off each of the characters eyes - much better than playing
with Barbie or GI-Joe dolls which are so last century. In the video on
the campaign you can see how much fun the children have.
The team also has plans to introduce additional "personal character" units
(which they label as Pixel Pals) that could make this kit more creative
and fun - each Pixel Pal will have their own personality and functionality
potentially using additional electronics components.
It looks like a great little starter kit for children that has use after
the construction phase.