0

micro:bit wins the Grand Digital computer race

BBC Microbit

Via microbit.org

The BBC micro:bit beat a number of historic computers (including an iPhone) to generate thousands of numbers in 15 seconds.

The program – written by 9-year-old Connie – managed to generate 6843 numbers in the Fibonacci sequence in just 15 seconds. In comparison, a 1977 Apple II generated 38 numbers, the original BBC Micro from 1981 managed 70, and a 1998 Windows 98 PC found 1477 numbers. An iPhone 6s only generated 4 numbers in the same time – but it used Siri voice command, demonstrating how our interaction with computers has changed since the 1940s.

The Grand Digital computer race was held to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the National Museum of Computing in Bletchley Park. In the challenge, 7 computers and a calculator were given 15 seconds to generate as many numbers in the Fibonacci sequence as they could.

The micro:bit’s victory in the race made national news, with Metro calling the result “incredible”, and the Daily Mail claiming that the iPhone “had a chunk bitten out of its reputation” by the micro:bit.

See more!


Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.

Join 7,500+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython in 2018 – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Despite multiple bankruptcies, RadioShack continues to find ways to keep the lights on

Wearables — Molding with glue

Electronics — A few words on inductor resistance

Biohacking — Running Blades

Python for Microcontrollers — Help bring CircuitPython to other languages!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



No Comments

No comments yet.

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.