‘fez spider’ is first hardware made available for microsoft’s modular opensource toolkit ‘.net gadgeteer’
the opensource toolkit microsoft ‘.net gadgeteer‘ offers a way for users with little electronics background
to create and prototype devices made up of sensors, lights, switches, displays, motors, and other hardware.
a range of components can be assembled together via a mainboard, programmable in C# using the .net framework.
designed for hobbyist as well as professional use, each socket on the mainboard chips is numbered and labeled
with letters that indicate what modules can be plugged into it. the hardware modules are likewise marked with letters
for simple ‘plug-and-play’ matching. innovatively, users can debug their programs while the device is running.
the first ‘gadgeteer’ hardware– the fez spider kit from GHI electronics, and its component modules–
is available for preorder, to begin shipping september 30th, 2011. view the videos below for examples
of a miniature arcade cabinet and a flipbook maker created on the ‘gadgeteer’ framework.
‘gadgeteer’ touchscreen module from GHI electronics
various hardware components
diagram of mainboard
design-aerobics 2011: TECH GADGETS course
september 15 – november 15, 2011
as more and more technological objects find their way into everyday life
designboom will hold an online design course on the theme of ‘tech-gadgets’.
we’ll look at the most significant designs yet and ponder what might be around
the corner. to see a lesson sample and information on how to enroll click here.