FUZE: CRAFT LAKE CITY DIY ENGINEER

May 23, 2017

FUZE: CRAFT LAKE CITY DIY ENGINEER

BY JESSE HAWLISH [JHAWLISH@GMAIL.COM]

Computer programming is a ubiquitous part of modern life; childhood education on the topic is sadly less so. When Kristy Sevy’s eldest daughter took an interest in all things STEM, Sevy tried to find learning products that would enable her to engage her daughter in the subjects she loves. “I didn’t find stuff out there that I wasn’t intimidated by,” she says. Sevy and her brother, Kyle Muir, decided that they would do something about this lack of approachable electronics education platforms for children.

The end result is a prototype dubbed FUZE: a circuit board with magnetic read switches and LEDs that young people can program to display different patterns and sequences. The prototype included glasses that alter the lights, revealing images like smiley faces and stars. “The toy doubles as an education platform,” says Muir, showing how the circuit board slots into a clear, plastic frisbee. “By the end of it, kids and teachers [are] learning real code, and they can either code or put it up in their frisbee and go play.”

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Tech Specs

Code Zubi Flyer With Arduino 

Click HERE for the Fuze Install Kit

Code Zubi Flyer With ScratchX 

Click HERE to beta the Fuze ScratchX Extension

In The Box 

Built-In Features

Electronics Parts

Microcontroller Specs 

The Zubi Flyer is the bomb dot com for makers: 5 PWM pins, 12 DIOs as well as hardware serial connections Rx and Tx. Running at 16MHz and 5V. The onboard switch-mode boost regulator is designed to operate on 3 Volts.  Power can be supplied from a 3 Volt CR123A battery or from a USB cable that provides regulated +5 Volts DC to the board. Do not run any power exceeding 5 Volts as the regulator cannot handle step-down voltage.

System Requirements

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