The maker movement is huge. A big part of the maker movement is DIY (do it yourself) kits where kids and students can create laptops, desktops, tablets, and now hand held video game systems.
Circuit Mess is a new maker startup founded by Albert Gajsak one of those creators that just keeps on going. He and his company have designed an educational device that teaches some of the fundamentals of electronics and disguised it as a retro handheld gaming system.
“It’s like Ikea, it ships in a flat box and comes with instructions” Gajsak told us at his Eureka Park booth at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. The instructions guide even beginners with electronics through the process of putting all of the parts together and even soldering some of the wiring in place. All of the parts needed to create the gaming console are inside the box.
According to Gajsak for beginners, the Arduino powered kit can be put together in 5 to 6 hours, with little previous electronics experience. For those with more experience it may only take 2 hours to build and then it’s countless hours of fun.
MAKERbuino’s game library puts a spin on a variety of popular games including Tetris, Space Invaders and even Mario. Games made popular in the mobile revolution like 2048 and Minesweeper are also in the collection. Games can be downloaded to the MAKERbuino from MAKERbuino website. Also, kids and students can use Arduino to create their own games and then share them with the community.
With over 3000 units sold to date, Circuit Mess has found that kids are customizing their MAKERBuino’s with custom 3D printed housing, colors and more.
Gajsak first took Maker Buino to Kickstarter where they over funded to the tune of $100,745 dollars. Today the company has global distribution including the UK. He held several discussions with potential distribution retail partners in the United States while here for CES. In the U.S. he hopes to sell the MAKERBuino for less than the cost of a new console game, so under $60. At that price it’s a great educational toy, project for the family and a fun little game console to take with you.
Check out our video from CES 2018 above and for more info visit makerbuino.com