FEZ Medusa is a recently debuted open source hardware (OSHW) processor board powered by Atmel’s ATmega328P microcontroller (MCU).
Aptly described as “electronic building blocks” by the GHI Electronics crew, the Fez Medusa is designed to keep soldering irons optional with a comprehensive ecosystem of mainboards, sensors and control modules.
“This modular design of building blocks does not require any hardware experience, we call it FEZ for fast and easy. On the software side, [Makers can] program using the Arduino IDE. On the hardware side, everything is modular building blocks, using a unified socket map,” the GHI Electronics team wrote in a recent Kickstarter post.
“[Meaning], FEZ Medusa uses modules instead of shields, [which offers] two [significant] advantages. First, there are no possible pin conflict issues. Second, when stacking multiple shields, the [finished] product is difficult to place inside an enclosure. Modules are smaller and connect through cables, ideal for laser-cut or 3D printed enclosures.”
In addition, the sockets on FEZ Medusa and modules are marked with one or more letters indicating the socket’s capability. For example, if the socket is marked with the letter “A” then it is an analog socket with three analog pins.
The Fez Medusa will be available in three iterations: Mini (one “program socket” and three user sockets), the S12 (12 sockets – one for programming, 11 for adding modules) and the 11-socket Shield, the latter of which can be plugged into an Arduino board like any other shield.