Linked by David Adams on Sun 8th May 2011 04:15 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Well-known game developer David Braben is a little bit fed up with the state of computer science education these days, which seems to have shifted away from learning programming to some sort of computer-oriented "life skills" class. As the father of eleven and nine year-old boys, I can attest that so far, despite a massive investment on the part of their school in computer equipment, their computer education has consisted mostly of "play this math game" and "don't be victimized by cyber-perverts." Braben's idea to stem this tide: a very, very cheap computer that students can learn to program on.
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What general purpose I/o?
by Hans Otten on Sun 8th May 2011 10:36 UTC
Hans Otten
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2009-12-24

I can not find anything on their website or the BBC interview about the 'General Purpose I/O' on the specs list. I do not see a network connector either (or perhaps via USB?).

Using this for social media, watching videos, twitter etc is a bit out of the educational scope of the designer. You can do that (better) on a smartphone or general purpose PC.


Its when adding homebuild hardware and programs when the true value of electronics and software combined will make sens to the young (or older!) engineer to be.
Its like playing with electronic kits in the 70ties or home computing with Basic on 8 bit computers in the 80ties. That has made many start a career in computing.

Edited 2011-05-08 10:43 UTC

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RE: What general purpose I/o?
by Hans Otten on Sun 8th May 2011 13:12 in reply to "What general purpose I/o?"
Hans Otten Member since:
2009-12-24

Received an answer on my email asking about I/O: 10-20 buffered GPIO lines.

So this will be a fun device!

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