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I spent today at EYEO Festival in Minneapolis, a really cool interactive conference with an awesome makery twist. One of the seminars was Sparkfun’s introduction of a sweet new Arduino configuration they call the ProtoSnap. The cost was a hilariously low $20, but they were donating all the money to the Science Museum of Minnesota.

The basic idea is that you can snap apart all the components like, Arduino Pro Mini, buzzer, switch, and so on. Mysteriously, the ProtoSnap doesn’t have a web page or catalog entry for it yet, nor has Sparkfun sent out a press release. Eventually, presumably, they’ll sell ‘em but who knows how much they’ll be?

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


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  1. TotalMonkey says:

    What’s the board on the upper-left? Looks like an SD-card reader, but can’t be sure.

    1. The yellow thing? That’s a mini-USB connector.

      1. Anonymous says:

        Yep: http://www.makershed.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=MKAD22 For talking to the Arduino Pro Mini via USB. If the mini catches on at all, I think it would be awesome to have a greater variety of shields for the mini: embedding into smaller projects would be super easy.

        I can’t wait for this little guy: especially if it stays ~$20.

        1. TotalMonkey says:

          I just realized I have one, and no more than 5 feet from my computer too. How embarrassing!

        2. TotalMonkey says:

          I just realized I have one, and no more than 5 feet from my computer too. How embarrassing!

      2. TotalMonkey says:

        Cool, I see it now — thanks!

  2. Angel says:

    If it ends up being $20 I’m totally in for one!

  3. Gregg says:

    Are they planning on coming closer to NYC? Before the next Maker Faire that is. Because that is a really nice idea for technology.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I also picked up one of these; however, I didn’t attend the class. Was there any documentation or data sheets handed out on these?

    Jon
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