Microduino mCookie Brings LEGO to Life @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Microduino’s booth at CES this year, instantly caught my attention due to the colourful models and intriguing concept. The company produces tiny, stackable Arduino modules which are held together by strong magnets. The circuit boards contain raised plastic studs to connect to LEGO pieces and add a whole new dimension to your existing build projects. On another note, each module adopts open source technology and colour coded to distinguish between the functionality of each unit.

It’s remarkably easy to add Bluetooth, WiFi, various sensor hubs, GPS, audio functionality, battery management and even USB. This makes it a fantastic platform for developers or modders looking to create something unique. The devices have the ability to be programmed using Arduino IDE software which greatly enhances the unit’s flexibility.

In terms of pricing, you can purchase a basic tutorial kit for $25 all the way up to a 301-piece expert kit costing $299.99. The company has also started to sell individual modules to help finish a complex project or acquire the parts to create a production line. The hardware on show here helps make people’s creativity flourish and should encourage youngsters to learn more about programming.


Thermaltake Core V21 Stackable Micro-ATX Chassis Review


Why have one chassis, when you can have two for twice the price! That’s the motto I’m sticking to for today’s review, because the new chassis from Thermaltake, the Core V21, has a funky trick I would like to show you.

Thermaltake are one of the biggest names in the business and they have a rock solid reputation with the enthusiast PC market, thanks in no small part to their efforts in creating some of the most capable chassis products on the market. The Thermaltake chassis range is packed full of feature heavy chassis’, capable of extreme air and water cooling, holding epic amounts of hardware and there’s no shortage of innovative features along the way; hopefully the new Core V21 is no exception.

The coolest thing about these cube-style micro-ATX chassis is that you can buy more than one and fix them together to make a bigger chassis; perfect for some enthusiast grade system building.

The Core V21 is a cube style chassis, but don’t be fooled, it’s not as small as it may look! There’s a large window panel on the left side, which is held in place by a pair of thumb screws at the back. The side panel has a nice trick too, but we’ll come back to that later.

The right side panel has a huge ventilated section, covered with a magnetic dust filter for quick and easy maintenance.

The front panel is styled the same as other “core” series chassis, a thick metal cover with loads of ventilation, as well as that nice looking curve around the top and bottom edges.

Around the back you’ll find an optional 120/140mm fan mount, a routing grommet, five expansion slots and a small bit of ventilation near the PSU cut-out. Here you can see that each panel, including the top and bottom, is held in place with two thumb screws, as all these panels are removable and interchangeable.

The routing grommet is handy for external water cooling or for running extra cables and controller for things such as LED lighting, or fan switches.

The top panel is identical to the one on the right side of the chassis; as I said before, all side panels are interchangeable with each other.

Down the left side of the chassis you will find a small I/O panel with all the usual functions included.

The bottom panel has four large rubber coated feed, which should help reduce vibrations as well as provide good ground clearance for the bottom ventilation, as well as the removable PSU dust filter.

Thermaltake Release Stackable Core V21 Micro-ATX Chassis

Thermaltake has released a new small form factor chassis, the stackable Core V21 Micro Chassis. The quadrate shaped chassis allows for stacking and combination for multi-systems and much more while staying flexible on the insides as well.

The Core V21 allows for modular builds inside the chassis just as much as outside. The motherboard can be mounted either vertical or horizontal to reflect personal taste, showcase just the right components or just create the perfect airflow for your setup. “Outside” you can stack the cases to extend your space in just the way you like. Removable dust filters and anti-vibration rubber gaskets are added to the PSU mount to minimize noise and keep everything clean.

“Outside” you can stack the cases to extend your space in just the way you like. You could put all your water cooling equipment in one case and just have the vital parts in the main chamber. Or move all your storage to one case to have it independently cooled, or pretty much whatever you fancy, even radiators up to 600mm at the front of the stack.

The tiny Core V21 has a lot of space on the inside for your expansions, even on its own. It allows for up to six storage drives, dual graphics cards up to 350mm and CPU coolers up to 185mm. It can even hold a 200mm long PSU to give you enough power for all those components.

This chassis is built on the dual-chamber principle that has the PSU and storage options at the bottom while vital parts are in the top chamber. The drive racks can be removed for further customization and there is plenty of room for radiators and fans everywhere to accommodate all sorts of cooling systems from DIY and AIO liquid cooling for air-cooled systems.

Thermaltake have created a tiny but very modular and expandable case with the Core V21, and I can’t wait to see all the great ideas people will have and the systems they will build with this chassis.

The Thermaltake Core V21 is currently listed on Alternate UK for £48.99 on pre-order mode and without further product information added. But we can expect this to change very soon as well as other shops updating their listings.

Thanks to Thermaltake for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Thermaltake