Product Review: Microduino Itty Bitty City
This is the very first time I tried this product. If you're not familiar with this product line--it's quite a bit different than the more difficult Arduino system. The Microduino projects are far simpler than the "big brother" Arduino. In other words, these products are designed for younger kids.
Besides the Lego "bricks," the kit includes a varitey of sensors and display parts. For example, you use a microphone for the Windmill (it senses your hand-clap.) The sensors connect to the interconnect module via supplied cables.
I started with the first project, "The Windmill." For this first project, the software program has already been uploaded by the manufacturer to the main microduino processor; you don't need to upload the program.
- The instructions are very well done, in color. I especially liked the items needed clearly listed for each step.
- Each step involves adding just one layer.
- The product is superbly packaged . Everything is clearly arranged and identified. Clearly, a lot of though has gone into the design of this product.
- The beauty of this design is that no soldering whatsoever is needed. So, with some help from adults, even young children can participate.
- The main modules connect well. The modules are magnetic, so that they are oriented the correct way.
- The product worked as advertised! As you can see the windmill worked great!
- I had a tough time getting the lego bricks to lay flat on the bottom mat. (I did not have that problem with the main structure.)
- It was a little tough to get the tiny connetors onto the motor, and onto the main connection module. But with a little patience, I was successful.
So all in all, I thought this was an outstanding product. I really liked the fact that I didn't have to get out my soldering iron. Also, having the program for the very first project already installed was a smart idea. That way, you can get started really easily.
One other thing--This product is good for showing the importance of following instructions, and logical thinking. Some patience is required.