BBC micro:bitRated 5/5 based on 6 reviews.
The British Invasion is here! No, not music...microcontrollers! New to the USA is the newest and easiest way to learn programming and electronics - the BBC micro:bit.
Designed specifically for kids and beginners, the micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customize and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life. It’s a small, code-able device that is a non-intimidating introduction to programming and making – switch on, program it to do something fun – wear it, customize it, develop new ideas.
The micro:bit platform combines the 'bit, a pocket-sized coding device featuring several sensors and LEDs, with an awesome website full of coding examples and projects. Start out with the video tutorials, then check out the ideas page to get creative. From making your own games to taking selfies, the possibilities are endless!
This is an individual micro:bit with no batteries or cables. For the popular micro:bit Go Bundle which includes batteries, battery holder, and USB cable, click here.
The micro:bit is based off of the nRF51822 microcontroller, which has built in Bluetooth LE radio. There are two programmable buttons that can be used to control games, send a radio message, activate the display, etc. 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. You can use MakeCode/PXT blocks or micro Python to start your programming adventure. Advanced programmers can graduate to mbed for super-powerful C or C++ programming.
If you’re new to coding and hardware, then the micro:bit 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. If you're looking for a slightly bigger head start, check out the micro:bit Go Bundle, which includes some AAA batteries + holder and a micro USB cable.
For more information, visit http://microbit.org/
- To get a query looked at by micro:bit support engineers: http://support.microbit.org/
- For technical info and to try and find the answer: http://tech.microbit.org/
- To access a vibrant community of enthusiasts: http://tech.microbit.org/get-i
Product Dimensions: 52.0mm x 42.1mm x 11.0mm / 2.0" x 1.7" x 0.4"
Product Weight: 9.0g / 0.3oz
Thanks Little BirdBy: Mason Greene on 25 October 2017Having used Scratch in the past I found the makecode website really easy to use. My kids really liked the "Radio Blocks" which let their microbits talk together. Australia post lost our first package but Little Bird looked after us and quickly sent a replacement.
Fast shipping, and lots of fun to play with.By: Adam Smith on 25 October 2017The BBC micro:bit was lots of fun to mess around with. The best thing about the microbit was that it just acts like a flash drive and I didn't need to install any drivers. Just drag and drop program files and watch it program itself. It is one of the most user friendly devices I have seen for those who are new to STEM. The micro:bit was in stock in Australia and LittleBirds shipping was fast.
Great for beginnersBy: Dan Castillo on 25 October 2017Buying this means you are in for a real treat. Shipping was faster than other retailers I've used Australia. The online editor is extremely easy to use. When you use this on a ChromeBook it acts as a flash drive, which is super convenient. I think this is the best device for beginners in comparison to anything else I have come across
Fun little gadget to play withBy: Will Reyes on 25 October 2017It's a fun little gadget to play with. The online website for programming is easy to use and programming it was as easy as copying a file to a flash drive. Really user friendly, especially for beginners.
Buy it!By: Beau Tremblay on 25 October 2017Straight out of the box I was able to use the MicroBit that I purchase in Little Bird's Sydney store. I was surprised at how easy it was. I've only used it once, but I'm sure if you had a bunch of ideas, you can really use this for a lot of things.