Have you ever wished you could learn about programming and engineering at a young age? About a million Grade 7 kids in the United Kingdom will soon receive a free BBC: Micro Bit, a pocket-sized programmable computer that can teach people how computers work even without prior knowledge of computing.
?The Microbit is a pocket size computer that lets you get creative with digital technology. You can code, customize, and control your Micro: bit anywhere,? BBC?s video said. ?The Micro:bit can be used in a variety of practical chores such as watering plants, using it as a bluetooth to take photos, and even for adjusting songs on your music player, the video showed.
The Micro:bit?s features were divulged in a report. ?It will include 25 LEDs, Two programmable buttons which act as a games controller, On-board motion detector, a built-in compass, Bluetooth Smart Technology, and Five Input and Output (I/O) rings that can be used to connect the device to other devices.
With Micro:bit?s features, it can communicate with other Micro:bits. The product is even touted as something that can be ?anything you want it to be?. You can also bring the Micro:bit wherever you want it to as it only measures 5cm by 4cm or almost the same size as a credit card.
BBC Learning Head Sinead Rocks said the BBC Micro Bit will be able to connect to every-day objects, from mobile phones to plant pots. You can also control the Micro:bit with any device.
?Just as the BBC Micro introduced millions to personal computers 30 years ago, the BBC micro:bit can help equip a new generation with the digital skills they need to find jobs and help grow the UK economy,? BBC Director-General said.
Micro:bit will soon launch www.microbit.co.uk which will contain videos, tutorials, and simulators. You can even save and test your creations in the website before transferring it to your Micro:bit.
The device will be available in the latter of 2015 with an undisclosed price.
The Micro: bit is the spiritual successor of the 8-bit beige-box BBC Micro that was released in 1981.