Linked by David Adams on Wed 8th Jul 2015 16:45 UTC, submitted by M.Onty
Hardware, Embedded Systems The design for the Micro Bit, the sequel to the venerable BBC Micro, has been finalized, and will be given to every 11- and 12-year-old British child in October. BBC Learning head Sinead Rocks said: "The BBC Micro Bit is all about young people learning to express themselves digitally. As the Micro Bit is able to connect to everything from mobile phones to plant pots and Raspberry Pis, this could be for the internet-of-things what the BBC Micro was to the British gaming industry." The Micro Bit's web site confirms it will include an ARM Cortex M0 process, bluetooth, motion sensors and a built in compass.
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RE: Missed opportunity
by Arawn on Fri 10th Jul 2015 00:06 UTC in reply to "Missed opportunity"
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I think the idea is to have a very simple and very cheap device that can be programmed through a full computer and run stand alone, i.e., a microcontroller. Just a basic building block.

In that sense, I think the micro:bit and the Raspberry Pi don't compete but complement each other as they have different albeit slightly overlapping objectives. The RPi is oriented to both serve as a microcontroller platform but also as a standalone software development learning platform, which the micro:bit isn't.

If you were to add a magnetometer, a simple LED array and some buttons to the RPi, it would not only add to cost but also introduce features that might no be interesting or even necessary to some (this also applies to BeagleBoard and to less extent to Arduino).

The micro:bit is a simple way to have it all integrated, standardized and actually quite versatile. I see other uses as a microcontroller platform beyond education, and I would like actually to buy at least one. A iniciative like OLPC's buy two, offer one would be quite appealing.

Edited 2015-07-10 00:15 UTC

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