About this project
You've never seen an Arduino™ compatible like this. With a built-in OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode Display) you can see what your Arduino is thinking without having to connect it to your computer.
No more cryptic "Hello World" LED blink sequences or shoehorning oversized displays onto your tiny Arduino™. Development is much easier when you can see what's going on.
In addition to the built-in tutorials, we've also built a cross platform course that runs on iPad, Microsoft Surface and modern Web Browsers on Windows, Mac and Linux.
The course takes you step by step through building a 11 different circuits including:
- Blinking LEDs and creating different colors on an RGB LED.
- Getting readings from a potentiometer (a fancy name for a knob).
- Taking the input from a push button.
- Sensing Temperature and Light
- Controlling actuators relays, motors & servos
- Making sound
The interactive course is included within the "Learning Kit" and "Educators Kit" rewards tier.
FLEXIBLE POWER OPTIONS
Note: 6-16VDC is the manufacturer's recommendation for a stable 5V 16Mhz operation. Voltages below 6VDC are for hackers that wish to drive the ATmega328P and LDO beyond the datasheet's limit.
We've already started making projects with the MicroView, here are some of our favorites:
Here are some other project ideas we've had:
- Mini Oscilloscope
- Gas Sensor
- Sports Results
- CPU Status
- Build Monitor
- Github Checkin Status
- Heart Sensor
- Car Temperature / Fuel levels.
- Brains for a Robot
- Display Kickstarter Pledges
- A Hackable Watch
What do backers get straight away?
- Support for the Arduino™ IDE 1.0+ (OSX/Win/Linux)
- 100% Arduino™ Compatible
- Built-in 64x48 OLED display
- Direct 3.3VDC - 16VDC power input, no power regulator needed
- Standard DIP Package
- Breadboard friendly or direct solder
- Display: 64x48 OLED Display
- Microcontroller: ATmega328P
- Operating Voltage: 5V
- Input Voltage: 3.3VDC - 16VDC
- Digital I/O Pins: 12 (of which 3 provide PWM output)
- Analog Input Pins: 6
- Flash Memory: 32 KB
- SRAM: 2 KB
- EEPROM: 1 Kilobyte
- Clock Speed: 16 Mhz
- No other components required
“A great little product! I like it!” - Dave Jones, from the EEVBlog.
“This is such a kickass project, I can't wait for it to come out.” - Carl Altschul, Teacher at Redlands School.
“The MicroView is going to change the way I teach Arduino.” - Justin Clayden, Lecturer of Arduino™ at the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and University of Western Sydney.
We've got real working prototypes, (everything you've seen in the video was real, no CGI) and we're ready to take the next step.
By raising $25,000 on Kickstarter we will be able to do a large first production run. By doing a big run we'll be able to get the cost of the MicroView down to $45 (including worldwide shipping).
Lowering the price of the MicroView is important to us because we want the MicroView to be accessible to artists, designers, educators, inventors/makers, engineers, and anyone else regardless of income.
Kickstarter is more than about selling a product - it's a journey. We want to invite all of you to be a part of the journey of creating a whole new world where anyone can learn the magic of making things with Arduino™!
- Marcus Schappi. CEO of Geek Ammo. Founded the successful open source hardware company Little Bird Electronics and the Internet of Things startup Ninja Blocks. Loves long walks on the beach.
- JP Liew. CTO of Geek Ammo and the electronics engineer and creator of the MicroView. JP has previously lent his electronics expertise to Ninja Blocks, Durex Fundawear and the Foxtel Alert Shirt.
- Maddy Schappi. COO of Geek Ammo. Maddy spends her time coordinating with suppliers to make sure JP and Marcus have the multitude of parts needed to build MicroView.
- Zhaoyi Xuan. Zhaoyi is a marketing genius! She has previously provided marketing support for Ninja Blocks and now the MicroView!
- Cocreators. The team at Cocreators have been our goto guys for Industrial Design and Engineering. Cocreators previously collaborated with Maddy and Marcus to create enclosures for Ninja Blocks.
Whilst sharing the same core founding team, electronics engineer and industrial designers as Ninja Blocks, this project is being run by Geek Ammo and is not part of Ninja Blocks Inc.
For manufacturing and shipping the MicroView at scale we are collaborating with the amazing team at SparkFun. We've worked with SparkFun for the past 6 years to distribute their open source hardware throughout the world, so when it came to looking for a partner to manufacture the MicroView, SparkFun was the logical choice!
SparkFun also have a proven track record, they manufactured and shipped over 11,000 units on time for the Makey Makey Kickstarter project!
The products SparkFun make are safe, and environmentally responsible (RoHS compliant).
The bulk of SparkFun's products are manufactured in the USA (Boulder, Colorado) with US workers who are paid a generous wage with benefits. We've gone out of our way to make sure the MicroView isn't being made in a sweatshop!
What's our manufacturing timeline?
We've been working on the MicroView for 6 months now.
We know from our experience with Ninja Blocks that getting the injection moulding done is going to be the bulk of the manufacturing timeline. There can be up to three iterations required to get the mould "just right".
Whilst the enclosure of the MicroView demoed looks like a finished injection moulded piece, it actually is a solid piece of plastic that has been milled down in a CNC machine and polished by hand for eight hours!
The MicroView is being made and will ship from the USA in Boulder, Colorado.
We've built the cost of shipping into the price of the Kickstarter Rewards Tiers. As with all Kickstarter Projects, this price does not include the customs fees, duties and/or taxes you might incur when importing products into your state or country. We cannot pay these fees for you. For obvious reasons we are not allowed ship to Iran, Cuba, North Korea, Sudan, Syria, the Moon, and Middle Earth.
The MicroView is the first chip-sized Arduino™ compatible with a built in display. You can see what it's thinking making it the easiest Arduino™ to get started with.
Marcus Schappi - CEO, Geek Ammo, email@example.com, +1 (415) 992-7455
Download our Media Kit
You can access our entire Media Kit on Dropbox here.
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Risks and challenges
Our team has already shipped products on Kickstarter and from our experience the biggest potential obstacles we'll face centre on production and logistics.
To minimize these risks we are collaborating with the amazing team at SparkFun Electronics who have proven experience in providing manufacturing and logistics to other Kickstarter Projects. Their latest collaboration, the Makey Makey, was manufactured and shipped on time to over 11,000 backers!
To make things extra safe we're limiting our initial run to only 5000 units.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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