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BBC Micro Bit computer’s final design revealed

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BBC Micro Bit computer’s final design revealed – BBC News.

The device – which features a programmable array of red LED lights – includes two buttons and a built-in motion sensor that were not included in a prototype shown off in March.
But another change means the product no longer has a slot for a thin battery.

That may compromise its appeal as a wearable device.

An add-on power pack, fitted with AA batteries, will be needed to use it as a standalone product.

The BBC’s director general Tony Hall said the device should help tackle the fact children were leaving school knowing how to use computers but not how to program them.
“We all know there’s a critical and growing digital skills gap in this country and that’s why it’s so important that we come together and do something about it,” he said at a launch event in London.

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4 Comments

  1. One million Micro Bits – a stripped-down computer similar to a Raspberry Pi – will be given to all pupils starting secondary school in the autumn term.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31834927

  2. Will be open hardware. Maybe Lady Ada could do a version with a coin cell.
    BLE choice for wireless was bold. And correct.

  3. Apparently they took the coin cell out because younger siblings might eat the battery.

  4. “Before the end of the year, the device will also be available for sale to customers in the U.K. and other points around the globe. Presumably that includes the U.S.”

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/2944804/bbc-reveals-microbit-a-programmable-pc-that-fits-in-your-pocket.html

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