Electronics enthusiasts and those looking to learn more about electronics and programming may be interested to know that the BBC created mini PC which has been available in the UK for some time has now arrived in the US via the Adafruit online store.
To re-cap the BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that is based on the nRF51822 micro-controller, which has built-in Bluetooth LE radio. The hardware is equipped with two programmable buttons that can be used to control games send a radio message, activate the display or anything else you can think of.
Adafruit has created a BBC micro:bit Go Bundle priced at $16.50 which includes everything you need to get up and running with your BBC micro:bit straight from the box which includes:
• BBC micro:bit
• Micro USB cable, 6″ end-to-end
• 2 x AAA battery holder
• 2 x AAA battery
If you’re new to coding and hardware, then the micro:bit Go Bundle is a great place to start. It’s incredibly easy to use and a perfect platform to help you leapfrog onto other microcontrollers and computers such as Circuit Playground, Arduino, Feather, or even Raspberry Pi.
The micro:bit can detect motion (using an accelerometer) and tell you which direction you are heading in (using a magnetometer/compass chip). On the bottom is an expansion port, with 5 alligator-clip friendly pads and additional card-edge contacts for 19 total I/O pins. Each of these sensors, inputs, and outputs, is completely programmable via easy-to-use software that can be accessed from a PC, laptop, tablet, or mobile.
Auditors jump over to the official Adafruit online store via the link below.
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