New in Room.606, two Braun Lectron electronics teaching sets (Ausbausystems 1 + 2), ca. 1967.
Each set comprises a range of magnetic modular pieces that can be freely arranged to form a variety of functioning circuits.
The sides and the bottom of each module are made of clear perspex so that users can see what’s inside. The top of each box displays the schematic symbol in diagramatic form.
The purpose of Lectron was clear, to make electronics more accessible to young people by encouraging them to build working circuits: radios, speakers, morse code transmitters etc.
Although often attributed to Dieter Rams and Jurgen Greubel it is likely that the system's original inventor was Georg Franz Greger and Braun played the key role of financially backing and marketing the product and re-designing the packaging.
Either way the arrangement was a perfect marriage and Lectron stands as a perfect example of Braun's functionalism.
There is a Braun Lectron Sytem held in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
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