Gakken's amateur science sets are great for teaching kids or adults about engineering, technology and culture. This latest kit is a computer DIY set, allowing you to build the Japanino, an 8-bit computer that spells out certain words and can be programmed to control LED lights and sounds.
The Japanino Arduino-compatible micro computer board has eight analog input pints and fourteen digital input/output pins, and you can insert it directly into a USB port. You can also customize the P.O.V. optical afterimage robotic arm (with in-built speaker) to make pictures and symbols, and access it all via the IDE open source programming software on a Mac or Windows computer.
The Gakken Japanino 8-bit Computer Model features:
- Includes Vol. 27 of Otona no Kagaku magazine
- Japanino Arduino-compatible micro computer board and P.O.V. optical afterimage robotic arm
- OS: Windows XP (SP2 or later) / Vista / Windows 7 or Mac OSX (10.4~)
- Interface: USB 2.0
- Instructions: English