Oliver Krebs based in Wolfenbüttel, Germany has developed a new modular digital electronics system called Mexdulon, that has been specifically designed to teach the basics of computer mechanics and allows users to create digital circuits with ease from the age of nine and up.
To start there will be 26 modules in the system that include buttons, jumpers, Square Wave Generator, 7-Segment Display, BCD to 7-Segment, Analog Multiplexer 4:1, RGB LED and Buzzer, Dot Matrix Display 4 x 4 and more. Check out the video below to learn more.
Mexdulon’s developer explains more about the different modules and the inspiration behind the learning system :
Mexdulon is a set of modules for the experimental setup of digital circuits. The mission is to support the education in this special field. Therefore, we will provide many tutorials and examples with explanations. Children aged 9 and up can be brought up piece by piece to digital technology. The goal is to mediate how a computer is built and works inside.
Mexdulon modules allow you to create circuits from the fields of binary logic, digital electronics and computer architectures. Next to modules for input and output there are several logic and arithmetic operations, conversion, coding, register and counter modules. Thus you can easy test elementary or more complex digital electronics up to computing units. Also, a coupling with an Arduino or Raspberry PI is possible with an interface board.
For the plug-in connection ribbon cables with common data port connectors are used. These also drive the operating voltage, so that only one module requires a power supply. The needed energy is provided via a USB connector, so a standard power supply unit or a power bank can be used. For reasons of simplicity all modules are 4 bit based, but with enough modules 8 bit or even 16 bit systems are realizable.
Mexdulon is now available to back via the Kickstarter crowdfunding website with pledges starting from just €35 for early bird backers. Providing a starter kit that includes 4 x Mexdulon modules. Jump over to Kickstarter by the link below to learn more about all the different modules that are available.