Braun Lectron
The Braun Lectron was an electronics kit designed in the 1970s by Dieter Rams, whose minimalist aesthetic was hugely influential to Steve Jobs and Jonny Ives. The Lectron was also Arduino co-creator Massimo Banzi’s “Rosebud.” It not only got him interested in electronics, it also shaped his ideas about design. This fascinating 20-minute documentary about Arduino was produced by Wired Italy. It’s in Italian but is sub-titled in English.

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder

Mark Frauenfelder is the editor-in-chief of Make magazine, and the founder of the popular Boing Boing blog.

  • Lorinc Del Motte

    Reminds me of the later Denshi Blocks by Hoshino Gakki.

  • Steve Sparks

    I had a Lectron set when I was four, and it has had a MASSIVE impact on the hardware/software nerd I am today. Last year I went through a lot of trouble to get a start kit from to give to my children when they turn four.

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