For hobbyists and professionals, the electronic prototyping platform Arduino from Italy has been one of their best friends out there for developing quick projects. Its drawback? It is too expensive and not small or flexible enough for certain projects.

Tiki Wang and his team have come up with a solution—the Arduino-compatible Microduino, debuting on Kickstarter on August 22. It literally divides Arduino into two separate parts, the controller core and the communication core (see below), which can be stacked up and function together as a full Arduino Uno (see below). The result is a smart, powerful, low-cost Microduino of the size of a 1-yuan coin.  (intro video on Youtube)

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Rita Liao

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