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Comp Sci Hack Pack

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When I started building projects with the Illuminato X Machina ecosystem, I noticed I started to use a pretty consistent configuration when experimenting on my laptop.

I programmed and powered the boards through a Red Terminal and some Type B-mini USB cables , and usually the Red Terminal and 3 IXM cells made up a neat little 2×2 grid. This way, I didn’t need to carry around extra power or long cables, but with a small grid, I really didn’t need it.

Inspired by my need to code and test things out on the go and moving my setup between home, Starbucks, and the lab, I put together the Comp Sci Hack Pack.


*I’m out of the 2 Shrapnel Resistant USB cables shown, so I’ll replace it with 3 regular USB cables instead. Thanks! -Justin


Illuminato X Machina cell:
  • Weight: 24g
  • L x W x H: 1.87” x 1.87” x 0.25”
  • General Purpose I/O: 24 pins
  • Total I/O: 56 pins
  • Processor Type: 32-bit ARM
  • Processor Name: LPC2368
  • Processor Speed: 72 MHz @ 64 Dhrystone MIPS EEPROM: IC SRL EEPROM; 128 KB
Red Terminal:
  • 3 type-B mini USB 2.0 ports (480 Mbps)
  • Program up to 3 IXM cells simultaneously
  • 2 W power output per USB port connected
  • General purpose I/O: 9 pins
  • Total I/O: 33 pins

Resources and References


Programming a tribe of IXMs with a Red Terminal

Programming a tribe of IXM cells through a Red Terminal from Matt Bitz on Vimeo.

Get in touch if you have any questions, or ideas for something you want me to build.