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[link] BBC gives children mini-computers

Posted 12 March 2015 - 08:35 AM

Just a fun little fact - BBC is looking at giving away PCs (again).


The BBC does not see Micro Bit as a rival to similar computing devices such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo and Kano, but rather hopes it will act as a "springboard" to these more complex machines.

The tiny programmable machine is still a prototype and the BBC is working with several partners, including chip-designer Arm, Microsoft and Samsung, to get the end product right.

When it launches in September it will be compatible with three coding languages - Touch Develop, Python and C++.

The device is tiny - fitting easily into the palm of a hand. Children will be able to create text via a series of LED lights and they will also be able to use it to create basic games.

The final version will have a Bluetooth link enabling it to be hooked up to other devices such as a Raspberry Pi.


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I am not certain if this is going to have the same impact as their first go around in the 80's. Those machines seemed fairly stand alone.. get it and use it.. these look to require an existing PC to use. That may limit the over all project. I mean if they were giving away 'intel compute sticks' I can see that and an alternative, but this.. hmm.. I don't know, but a they say free is free.

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