FUZE FLIES HIGH: A HACKABLE FLYING SAUCER KEEPS KIDS LEARNING
Published in Salt Lake Magazine June, 26 2017, written by Amy Whiting
It was 2015 and Kristy Sevy was running out of answers to her daughter’s questions. She found herself filling up shelves with wasted science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) toys and constantly Googling to explain how things worked. “Kids are growing up in a world where problems are shoved in their face constantly, and because of that they are asking more questions. As an adult, I felt a responsibility to do something about it.” And so she did.
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Kristy Sevy and co-founder Kyle Muir. Photo by: Adam Finkle.
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FuzePlay’s hardware platform FUZE’s play by allowing all online experiences to be taken offline and into the real word, thus creating opportunity for global citizenship and peer-to-peer sharing. Our approach is simple, put futuristic technologies into universal toys and teach through play while leveraging free, open source tools that are familiar to educators and commonly used inside the classroom. We are high-tech for the non-tech and make learning tech as easy as 1, 2, 3, Build Hack Play.
Organizational Leadership is a hot topic across the nation as administrators struggle to accommodate for STEM related programming. All have a myriad of varied needs and resources. Most all educators find themselves at a similar starting point summarized well by a recent report showing that 78% of teachers have not received the training necessary to teach with technology.
Last week we did just that! After two years of hard work and many product iterations Kristy and I received and opened the very first Zubi Flyer! It has been incredible to see the response we have received from individuals and organizations since word has gotten out that Zubi Flyer is in stock!!
*video switches to horizontal after Kristy's
FuzePlay plug at minute 1:00 :)
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
- Zubi Flyer Frisbee
- Illuminator Printed Circuit Board
- Magnet Wand
- Instructable Booklet
- Happy Face Micro-USB
- Diffraction Glasses (2 Pairs)
- Accessory Box
12 Fun Games
Newbie Zubie, Catch the Light, Hot Potato, Copy Cat, Hand Harmonica, Telephone, Pong, RGB Light Hack, RGB Single Light Hack, Shortcut Hack, Mood Light, Name that Tune
Connect Zubi to a computer to learn coding
Physically assemble the flyer
Educational Instructable - Learn how Zubi works, or explore fun facts about electrical current flow and different forms of energy
Creatively Explore Light
See light differently with our fun light diffraction glasses, and play with over 16 million hues of color
Digitally Explore Sound
Control 7 octaves of sound with the buzzer
Reed & Button Switches, 7 Octave Piezo Buzzer, Circuits & Circuit Board, Microcontroller, Push Buttons, RGB LEDs, Electrical Current Flow, Forms of Energy
Arduino - Open Source
Our programs are FREE for anyone to use with access to FREE code repositories where you can explore the endless possibilities of coding your Zubi Flyer
Online Learning Portal
Our FUZE website will have a FREE learning portal that will have a minimum of three courses that will walk you through the process of changing code on your flyer
- PC Board
- IC MCU 8BIT 32KB FLASH 44QFN (ATMEGA32U4)
- AUDIO PIEZO TRANSDUCER 30V TH
- 5050 APA102C THREE-COLOR LED SMD
- PHOTOCELL 27-60KOHM
- SWITCH REED SPST-NO 500MA 140V
- TACTILE SWITCH SPST-NO 0.02A 15V
- SWITCH PUSHBUTTON SPST 2A 14V
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.
- ATmega32U4 running at 5V/16MHz
- Supported under Arduino IDE v1.0.1
- On-Board micro-USB connector for programming
- Rx and Tx Hardware Serial Connections
Zubi Flyer .ZIP Library
Zubi Flyer Drivers (Windows only)
Mac + Windows
See PIN Assignments HERE
learn how stuff works!