A new regular Blog series.
Featuring quick overviews of the various platforms Elmwood offers.
BBC Micro Bit Wikipedia
Micro Bit v1
A tiny ARM chip with integrated motion sensor, bluetooth, two buttons & LED grid.
Installed user base :
As production ramped up, commercial + educational sales have lead to shortages in the past , so a very popular platform.
Out of the Box :
Basic as long as you have a USB to microUSB cable
and access to a computer with a modern browser like Chrome, good to go!
You'll need a battery pack If you want to use it away from a computer ONCE you have already programmed it.
MicroBit GO : Battery pack, batteries & usb cable included
Elmwood Bundle : Battery pack, batteries, usb cable & case included
You can also pair with Android or iOS instead of a laptop to program the MicroBit, but haven't tested that here.
Suggested Companions Out of the box:
Intended Use :
Home or Classroom fun and enjoyment learning basics of programming.
If you want to code without access to the internet, the Mu editor is a great way to program MicroPython devices including the MicroBit.
More of a conveniently packaged chip with controls for learning computing than a barn burning processor.
Good generic platform for quickly prototyping any simple experiment.
Integrated bluetooth and buttons as well as 5 gator clips provide ample
Or hookup a breakout board to access almost everything.
Or get mobile with your own motor board solution.
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