one of the greatest trends in whatever market ‘Maker’ stuff belongs to is the Legofication of electronics. building electronics is hard, if you haven’t noticed. Anything that turns transmission lines, current loops, and RF wizardry into something a five-year-old can use has evident applications to education. For his Hackaday prize entry, [Jeremy Gilbert] is building a fast, intuitive, modular way to explore electronics. It’s much easier to use than the 100-in-1 Radio Shack spring clip kits, and you can actually make beneficial projects with this system.

MakerNet is [Jeremy]’s option to the problem of complicated electronics, Arduinos connected to breadboards with DuPont cables, and apparently, to actual electronic Lego sets. The core of this system is built around the Atmel SAM D21 microcontroller, an ARM Cortex-M0+ chip that has a lot more than enough processing power for anything deserving of the ‘maker’ label. This mainboard connects to devices through what is generally an I2C bus. Each module in the system has an in and out header. A small SAM D11 (available for $1 USD) on each module handles all the communications.

Right now, [Jeremy] is experimenting with a dozen or so modules including a captouch board, an LED matrix, OLED display, rotary encoders, and lots of blinky LEDs. It’s just a prototype, but that’s exactly what we’re trying to find at this stage of the Hackaday Prize. After checking out the video [Jeremy] produced (below), there’s a lot of pledge here.

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