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But first let me take a B&W selfie… 

Hot on the heels of a rather successful Kickstarter campaign, Quin Etynre continues to amaze us with his pure ingenuity and passion for creating things. As the epitome of what it takes to go from Makerspace to marketplace, the 14-year-old CEO recently debuted what he calls the Qduino Mini, a tiny Arduino-compatible board equipped with a built-in battery charger and fuel gauge that can notify a user when a LiPo needs a little more juice.

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Born out of his own frustrations of having to guess when a project was running out of power, the open-source dev board is based on an ATmega32U4 — the same MCU that can be found at the heart of the Arduino Leonardo, which the Maker has used to tinker around with for quite awhile. The small device isn’t only packed with a charger circuit and fuel gauge, but possesses a lightweight, ultra-thin form factor as well. This allows for it to be programmed and…

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