Hardware accessories extend the capabilities of the humble BBC micro:bit, by building on a familiar portable coding platform for mobile devices and Windows/Mac/Linux computers.
Listed in order from easiest to advanced, here’s the top 5 hardware add-ons to get started with:
Electro Fashion E-Textiles Kit for the BBC micro:bit
The E-Textiles Kit is great for beginners to easily extend your micro:bit’s capabilities with washable red and white LED lights that can be sewn into costumes or clothing. Turning lights on an off with the micro:bit is as easy as connecting lights to the micro:bit pins, and dragging across a couple of code blocks in the browser.
Here’s some ideas:
Use the conductive thread to connect the lights on material, without the need for wires running everywhere.
Arrange lights in patterns and control them with code leveraging the micro:bit’s built-in buttons, temperature, light, and touch sensors; or by simply shaking or tilting the micro:bit.
Remember that the micro:bit can scroll text or display icons on its built-in light matrix too!
We recommend that all micro:bits, batteries, and wires are removed before washing – the conductive thread and sewable lights are washable.
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