BBC micro:bit

BBC micro:bit
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Containing 1x micro:bit and a Quick Start Guide in a single retail pack, this is the ideal option for makers to get started creating BBC micro:bit projects and inventing solutions (requires a USB cable for programming purposes, and a battery holder & 2x AAA batteries to power your BBC micro:bit if not connected to your computer - sold separately). The micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. Measuring 4cm by 5cm, and designed to be fun and easy to use, users can create anything from games and animations to scrolling stories at school, at home and on the go - all you need is imagination and creativity. The micro:bit is completely programmable. That means each of its LEDs can be individually programmed as can its buttons, inputs and outputs, accelerometer, magnetometer and Bluetooth Smart Technology. The micro:bit has a website full of coding languages, lesson plans, tutorials, and fun ideas.


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Q The Netherlands BlankaThe micro: bit incorrectly uses the term accelerometer in my opinion. It seems to be in itself, but if you read this motion sensor you get gyroscope data: tilt angles, and therefore no accelerations. Pay attention to this when programming. So if you want an acceleration, you have to determine a derivative, and then you still have an angular acceleration, not a linear acceleration. These angles are useful for robot applications, but be aware of them.



The Netherlands
5 stars
Compact Sufficient speed and memory for most applications Combination with GameZip64 is great Potentially LEGO Technic robot brain Very fast and good plugin for Arduino IDE, now preferred environment for programming micro: bit Built-in Bluetooth Low Energy for wireless applications. Expensive, I think we sponsor a free version for a UK school child with purchase. Fine, but LED matrix is worthless, if you want to control it yourself, it is already a study in itself in time Battery connector should have been optional. Annoying bulge on the plate.
Now a bit further than last time with implementation in the lessons, and now in combination with the Kitronik GameZip64 a kind of ultimate tool for the classroom. Opinion about the sign has changed in a positive way. The GameZip solves the problem of the very limited LED matrix, and conveniently connects 6 buttons, speaker and vibration motor. The library for the board in the Arduino IDE from Sandeep Mistry is really great. This board compiles and loads code so fast, you can't beat that with drag-and-drop in the python or hex file explorer. Much simpler anyway: just press play and the code will run on your micro: bit with gameZip a few seconds later. I think it is an ideal platform to teach game design low-level. And the children in the class really enjoy making Snake, Pong, Invaders, Pac-Man, etc. on an 8x8 pixel matrix. They don't waste any time drawing or collecting sprites, which can sometimes take a lot of lessons. Very nice gadget as a game cartridge in the GameZip, you can also 3D print funny additions. The next challenge is to use the micro: bit as Mindstorms brain via Bluetooth, much cheaper than the Spike Prime hubs that cost 20 times as much.
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All good.
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The Netherlands
3 stars
Funny sign, but also many comments. Without Pin: bit Breadboard breakout almost unusable, the crocodile basin system is a joke. Nice that compass / gyro / thermo is included, but lack of headers is still a big problem. With the online "blockly" system, you quickly reach limits. A lot is not possible at first sight (other types of variables, faster LED scrolling, etc.), and if you then drag something into something or adjust javascript, more is possible, but then you can never go back to block mode. Also uploading via .hex file is no faster than compiling in Arduino IDE, and you miss the compile error check. Adafruit M0 Metro Express is a much more useful alternative, unfortunately it is not yet here in the store, this is usually also slightly cheaper. In principle you can work reasonably profi with this with ArduinoIDE or python, but the approach of BBC for 11 year olds is too simple. If they offer this for 8-9 year olds that is fine, but at an older age the block system is too restrictive. If you want to work with it low-level, pay attention that the LED matrix works very strange. It is not what you expect a 5x5 matrix, but a 3x9 matrix with a weird pagination.
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Good, works perfect
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5 stars
Top! Very well priced and delivered in no time.
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