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Neuron

Spark off invention with Neuron e-blocks

With over 30 programmable blocks and a huge range of combinations, Neuron offers all sorts of opportunities to stimulate kids’ creativity and ingenuity. And thanks to the user-friendly Makeblock Neuron App, they don’t even have to learn complicated codes. With just a few clicks, you can create all sorts of fun-packed and practical applications. Whether used for STEAM lessons in the classroom or to spark children’s interest in invention, Neuron is a uniquely inspiring tool for both educators and parents.

Neuron

Spark off invention with Neuron e-blocks

With over 30 programmable blocks and a huge range of combinations, Neuron offers all sorts of opportunities to stimulate kids’ creativity and ingenuity. And thanks to the user-friendly Makeblock Neuron App, they don’t even have to learn complicated codes. With just a few clicks, you can create all sorts of fun-packed and practical applications. Whether used for STEAM lessons in the classroom or to spark children’s interest in invention, Neuron is a uniquely inspiring tool for both educators and parents.

Over 30 interactive modules inspire kids to learn and play

The Neuron system offers over 30 electronic blocks, including a voice sensor, light sensor and infrared sensor. As they play with the blocks, creating and inventing new uses, the children receive all sorts of audio, visual and somatosensory stimuli. This playful interaction encourages children to stay focused and learn the scientific principles behind various phenomena, which in turn can inspire even further creativity.

Over 30 interactive modules inspire kids to learn and play

The Neuron system offers over 30 electronic blocks, including a voice sensor, light sensor and infrared sensor. As they play with the blocks, creating and inventing new uses, the children receive all sorts of audio, visual and somatosensory stimuli. This playful interaction encourages children to stay focused and learn the scientific principles behind various phenomena, which in turn can inspire even further creativity.

Colour-coded electronic modules

Output module

After receiving data from the input module, this module can emit a variety of signals in response – ranging from light and motion to sound.

Colour-coded electronic modules

Energy and communication modules

These blocks are used to power all the other blocks and offer various wireless communication options.

Colour-coded electronic modules

Input module

This module sends data collected from the surrounding area (relating to e.g. sound and light) to the output module, which adapts its output based on these signals.

Lightning-fast magnetic connectors give free rein to creativity

The Neuron blocks can all be linked together using magnetic Pogo pin[1] connectors. This patented interface ensures that links are safe and fast. It also prevents modules from being connected the wrong way. Children can link different blocks in an instant. They can even match Neuron with other everyday stuffs to create voice-activated lights, remote-controlled model cars that steer clear of obstacles and loads of other fun and interesting gadgets.

[1] Pogo pins are the precision-made pins used in mobile phones and other electronic devices. They are used extensively as connectors in a wide range of semiconductor applications.

Lightning-fast magnetic connectors give free rein to creativity

The Neuron blocks can all be linked together using magnetic Pogo pin[1] connectors. This patented interface ensures that links are safe and fast. It also prevents modules from being connected the wrong way. Children can link different blocks in an instant. They can even match Neuron with other everyday stuffs to create voice-activated lights, remote-controlled model cars that steer clear of obstacles and loads of other fun and interesting gadgets.

[1] Pogo pins are the precision-made pins used in mobile phones and other electronic devices. They are used extensively as connectors in a wide range of semiconductor applications.

Waiting to be used in all sorts of fun and creative projects

Neuron is a treasure trove of functions. Every imaginable combination of input and output blocks can be activated in offline mode. With over 30 blocks, children can use the platform to create over 100 different, interactive combinations. And none of them require coding – all children have to do is snap the electronic blocks together and see where their imagination takes them! With its incredible user-friendliness, Neuron puts no limits on children’s creativity and experimentation.

Take the RGB lighting block, for example
Effect during boot-up
Effect when used in combination with a button
Effect when used in combination with a light sensor
Effect when used in combination with Funny Touch

Creation made easy – even for newbies

The Neuron platform is bundled with the Neuron App: a flow-based programming application. With a ‘drag and drop’, a click and a conjoining line, children can set a new Neuron project into motion in a matter of seconds. This simple procedure immediately triggers visual feedback from Neuron – making it easier for children to understand the results of their actions. Interacting with Neuron blocks is easy as cake – even for users who have never coded in their life.

Neuron also supports mBlock 5, a graphic programming language developed based on Scratch3.0[1]. This language is so easy to use that anyone who can read is actually able to code – it’s as simple as putting blocks together.

[1] Scratch: a programming language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for children, is currently the most widely used visual programming language in the world.

Creation made easy - even for newbies

The Neuron platform is bundled with the Neuron App: a flow-based programming application. With a ‘drag and drop’, a click and a conjoining line, children can set a new Neuron project into motion in a matter of seconds. This simple procedure immediately triggers visual feedback from Neuron – making it easier for children to understand the results of their actions. Interacting with Neuron blocks is easy as cake – even for users who have never coded in their life.

Neuron also supports mBlock 5, a graphic programming language developed based on Scratch3.0[1]. This language is so easy to use that anyone who can read is actually able to code – it’s as simple as putting blocks together.

[1] Scratch: a programming language developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for children, is currently the most widely used visual programming language in the world.

Stay connected to cutting-edge AI and IoT

The Neuron modules also include various advanced features like Wi-Fi, cameras and speakers. When used in combination with the Neuron App and mBlock 5, they allow children to create complex applications that involve technology like AI[1] and IoT[2]. Children can use Neuron’s IoT feature to design an automatic light switch or automated fish feeder, for example. They gain hands-on experience with the principles of science and the logic behind specific technology. And they can immediately put this insight into practice – with exciting results!

[1] AI: short for artificial intelligence, refers to a new science of technology which is applied to all walks of life and is considered to be an important technological development which affects the future of the world.
[2] IoT stands for the Internet of Things, an interconnection via the Internet of all devices, so as to enable the digitisation and management of all kinds of smart devices and facilities.

AI speech recognition
IoT light switch timer

Integrated components guarantee safety and durability

Neuron’s electronic components are all encased in PC+ABS composite materials. This ensures that children don’t come in direct contact with any metal components. It also protects the components themselves, resulting in sturdy electronic modules that can handle lots of play. The blocks are child-friendly thanks to their rounded corners and simple physical design.

Examples and tutorials help children create and invent

A range of how-to videos teach children the basics of the Neuron system. And the Neuron App’s step-by-step video tutorials help them on their ways. Neuron’s learning programme is supported by loads of Idea Cards for new software and hardware applications. Special manuals show you how to perform various scientific experiments. Starting with simple replication, Neuron gradually moves towards original, boundless invention. This encourages children to keep exploring and unlocking their creative potential.

Integrated components guarantee safety and durability

Neuron’s electronic components are all encased in PC+ABS composite materials. This ensures that children don’t come in direct contact with any metal components. It also protects the components themselves, resulting in sturdy electronic modules that can handle lots of play. The blocks are child-friendly thanks to their rounded corners and simple physical design.

Examples and tutorials help children create and invent

A range of how-to videos teach children the basics of the Neuron system. And the Neuron App’s step-by-step video tutorials help them on their ways. Neuron’s learning programme is supported by loads of Idea Cards for new software and hardware applications. Special manuals show you how to perform various scientific experiments. Starting with simple replication, Neuron gradually moves towards original, boundless invention. This encourages children to keep exploring and unlocking their creative potential.

Winner of prestigious international design awards

Neuron has been presented with a variety of awards by the international industrial design community. They include the German iF International Design Award, the German Red Dot Design Award, the American IDEA Gold Award, the Japanese Good Design Award and the Korea K-Design Award. Neuron has also been honoured with a CES Innovation Award, Edison Awards and numerous other recognitions.

No limits on children‘s imagination

Magnetic backs mean you can show off your projects any time, any place!
Use Neuron to give your DIY creations personalities.
Compatible with the Makeblock DIY platform – allowing small parts to control a large mechanism.
Neuron even works with Lego bricks – so the sky’s basically the limit!

Inventions start here!

Neuron Explorer Kit

Learn to code with Swift Playgrounds, 12 programmable electronic modules, and 4 unique build guides.

Neuron Inventor Kit

This kit offers 8 electronic modules with a variety of visual, audio and somatosensory functions: a versatile basic kit for entry-level electronic inventions.

Neuron Creative Lab Kit

This kit includes over 30 electronic modules. Together, they cover a very wide range of functions – offering kids even more scope to create and invent new applications.

Individual Neuron modules

Each Neuron module can also be purchased separately, allowing you to create a custom set that is geared to your interests.