Thursday, May 26, 2011

Alpha Club Launch and Maker Faire Recap

Award Winning: Ed, Collin, and Amon show off Modkit's Editor Choice and Educator Choice awards. 

We're back from the Bay Area Maker Faire where we had a great weekend, caught up with old friends and Modkit fans and met a bunch of great new people. Modkit was recognized with a Make Editor's Choice award as well as two Educator's choice awards.  Thanks to all the attendees who continuously make this one of our favorite events.

Kid Friendly: Adults watch on as young people learn how to build Modkit programs.

We set up a couple Modkit stations where kids and adults alike learned how easy it is to get started with micrococontrollers using Modkit's graphical programming environment.  We also showed off the new Modkit MotoProto shields now available at Sparkfun.

Alpha Club Launch: Faire attendees were some of the first Alpha Club Members 

At the Faire, we gave a preview of the Modkit Alpha Club.  While we are committed to providing powerful tools for free, users can help support us in extending the toolkit by joining the Alpha Club.  Club members get early access to the newest features and help shape the future of Modkit.  We'll be extending all current Alpha testers an invitation to the club shortly.  If you supported us on Kickstarter or have helped us test all along, we want to continue giving you something back. 

New Alpha Features:  Code View, Variables, and Drag and Drop Hardware previewed at the Faire

Speaking of new features, we launched the Alpha Club's Code View, Variables, and Drag and Drop Hardware while at the Faire.  We're really excited about all of these features, especially Drag and Drop Hardware, which allows users to configure actual components (not just pins) by dragging out the components they want to use and selecting the microcontroller pins that they are connected to. Blocks for the attached components then show up in Block view, allowing you to easily control your attached hardware.  These features will be available in the Public Beta soon, but if you like where we're heading and want to see us get there faster, or simply want early access to these innovative features, make sure to join the Alpha Club today.


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