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Electronics for babies and handicrafts with the MicroBit – crowdfunding for makers

We took a look around the crowdfunding platforms again and found products for makers that should be implemented through crowd financing. At least one could even arrive before Christmas.

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Contents of the Foldio set: four handicraft sheets, a book and a BBC micro: bit with battery holder and batteries.

Contents of the Foldio set: four handicraft sheets, a book and a BBC micro: bit with battery holder and batteries.

(Image: Foldio)

The handicraft set from the Saarbrücken-based startup Foldio is now available for the BBC micro: bit microcontroller. Colorful folding sheets with conductive ink make interactive projects easier. In addition to revised instructions, the set also includes a new parents’ book so that adults can help with problems. This runs until October 3rd Crowdfunding on the German platform Startnext. The set with the micro: bit V2, which was released around a year ago, is available for 35 euros. Without a microcontroller, the price drops to 15 euros. There are also various thank-you notes with classes and school sentences. Currently around 2000 euros of the targeted 12,000 euros have come together. The sets are expected to be delivered in November 2021. The sets for the Calliope mini microcontroller from Berlin are also available directly from Foldio.


A white book with the inscription "Computer Engineering for Babies"

A white book that says

(Image: Chase Roberts)

Two buttons, an LED and logic gates result in the best baby entertainment – according to the programmer, hobbyist and father Chase Roberts. His baby book conveys the basics of logic on just six pages with gates such as AND, OR and XOR and should not only help toddlers but also adults to get started with electronics. The battery should last for a year and can then be replaced. The Kickstarter campaign runs until September 29th and with over 130,000 euros it is clearly exceeded. A book is available from 24 euros and should be in the mailbox from January 2022.


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A 3D printer with a blue panel and accessories such as a power supply unit and spatula stand on a brown table.

A 3D printer with a blue panel and accessories such as a power supply unit and spatula stand on a brown table.

(Image: Anycubic)

And another project for fans of DIY: We reported on the Anycubic Photon Ultra 3D printer back in August. The campaign has now started. With over 1.6 million euros, the funding target of around 85,000 euros has already been exceeded many times over. To the campaign runs on October 15th but still and offers special Kickstarter and early bird prices from 426 euros for a printer. The special thing about the device is the combination of resin and DLP technology, which enables particularly fine and, at the same time, fast prints. The light source required for the resprint is a projector with Digital Light Processing (DLP), which is also significantly more durable than the LC displays otherwise used. Delivery is also planned for January next year.


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