BBC micro:bit - Starter Kit Preorder - £15 + £2.50 p&p @ Pihut
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BBC micro:bit - Starter Kit Preorder - £15 + £2.50 p&p @ Pihut

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Found 31st May 2016
The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customize and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life.

Starter Kit Contents:

micro:bit
MicroUSB cable
Battery Holder

Micro:bit features:

Multiple sensors
Programmed via software via USB
Multiple platform support Windows, iOS, tablet, mobile
Open Source hardware (OSHW)

Similar to a raspberry pi.

74 Comments

Just waiting for my daughter to bring one of these home from school then I can nab it :-)

Interesting, had never heard of it before.

I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. I know there are Open Source tools to communicate with the Micro:bit (although they're probably not that relevant to the main, schools, appeal of the device). But thanks to the OP for posting, anyway!

When I first saw the price I thought, that seems expensive compared to a Pi Zero, but when you allow for the sensors, etc., then not too bad. May get one to add to my collection of bits!

I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. … I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. I know there are Open Source tools to communicate with the Micro:bit (although they're probably not that relevant to the main, schools, appeal of the device). But thanks to the OP for posting, anyway!



It's browser based and can connect via Bluetooth or USB so it should be compatible with every platform.

DonkeyKonk

Interesting, had never heard of it before.


You might like to take more notice of the news on TV or in the newspapers?

bbc.co.uk/new…446 22 March 2016



HarryFenner

I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. … I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. I know there are Open Source tools to communicate with the Micro:bit (although they're probably not that relevant to the main, schools, appeal of the device). But thanks to the OP for posting, anyway!



microbit.co.uk/help

Is that better for you?

Or should I point out that the main site of microbit.co.uk/ takes to you microbit.co.uk/cre…ode where you use the cloud based editors?

Edited by: "FinderOfDeals" 31st May 2016

DonkeyKonk

Interesting, had never heard of it before.

HarryFenner

I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. … I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. I know there are Open Source tools to communicate with the Micro:bit (although they're probably not that relevant to the main, schools, appeal of the device). But thanks to the OP for posting, anyway!


Thanks. My comment was about the (lack of) info on the PiHut site about Open Source support, not about the possibility of Open Source s/w for the supporting the Micro:bit itself. It's good to see that the 'Coding Editors' are supported in a range of browsers, on a range of platforms.
Edited by: "HarryFenner" 31st May 2016

HarryFenner

Thanks. My comment was about the (lack of) info on the PiHut site about … Thanks. My comment was about the (lack of) info on the PiHut site about Open Source support, not about the possibility of Open Source s/w for the supporting the Micro:bit itself.



I see. I just bothered to find the main site for the Micro:bit itself.

It's ok and don't rely on getting one from your y7 kids. They have only just really got them (these things have been delayed almost a year) and many schools are not giving them as they see no point, since there is no time left in the year to teach with them.

They seem fine and nice to have a quick play with, they've been on eBay for some time now.

It's ok and don't rely on getting one from your y7 kids. They have only … It's ok and don't rely on getting one from your y7 kids. They have only just really got them (these things have been delayed almost a year) and many schools are not giving them as they see no point, since there is no time left in the year to teach with them.They seem fine and nice to have a quick play with, they've been on eBay for some time now.



Yes, schools are required to register for them at: bbcmicrobitschoolregistrationform.co.uk/eng…tml but when I asked the teachers at my kid's school they didn't know about it, and aren't going to bother. I suspect a lot of kids will miss out because teachers are apathetic about it and they just haven't got time to fit it in with the syllabus.

Seems to have been a noble idea that has been executed badly.

Get a nodemcu and program using arduino ide

Not sure if these are good value , think their are based on the old M0 processor ,you can pick up the cypress m0 boards for less than £4, not to sure if these will be a hit or not.

Get a nodemcu and program using arduino ide



Espbasic is even easier for begginers, bit buggy though.

Our Y7 brought his home a few weeks back, seems pretty limited to me, he made a scrolling banner and an avoid the blocks game, cool, but not sure how much more it can do so I'll check out the links on this page

It's ok and don't rely on getting one from your y7 kids. They have only … It's ok and don't rely on getting one from your y7 kids. They have only just really got them (these things have been delayed almost a year) and many schools are not giving them as they see no point, since there is no time left in the year to teach with them.They seem fine and nice to have a quick play with, they've been on eBay for some time now.



I spoke to my daughters IT teacher at her last parents evening, he knew about them but they weren't going to introduce them. They're sticking with Mindstorms for their curriculum.

Bought one on ebay at the weekend (hopefully arriving this week) for 27 pounds including postage

This looks like a good price but delivery will be late June or July (once in stock)

Here's an idea - stop flogging them and get them to the blinking schools - my daughter finishes Year 7 in seven weeks time, no sign yet!

Can you play Chuckie Egg on this?

DonkeyKonk

Interesting, had never heard of it before.

HarryFenner

I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. … I'm a bit disappointed that there's no mention of OS X or Linux support. I know there are Open Source tools to communicate with the Micro:bit (although they're probably not that relevant to the main, schools, appeal of the device). But thanks to the OP for posting, anyway!




Or you could be less rude to people. Absolutely needless behaviour, what a saddo.

Get a nodemcu and program using arduino ide

In fact at $4 each, you could buy half a dozen. But yes, a much better way to get kids to write programs.

Plus, given that a nodemcu will take 4 - 6 weeks to arrive from China, it will probably get to you before this PREORDER device does.

where do I hook up the C64 tape deck?

Programming is a really dreadful career, it's sad the government are telling practically every child to learn how to do it.

Anyone see this on the BBC news "Sitting down all day at work poses a health risk" bbc.co.uk/new…387

"Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behaviour."

Those microbits should have a sticker with the above health warning attached

dewonderful

Programming is a really dreadful career, it's sad the government are … Programming is a really dreadful career, it's sad the government are telling practically every child to learn how to do it.Anyone see this on the BBC news "Sitting down all day at work poses a health risk" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32082387"Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behaviour."Those microbits should have a sticker with the above health warning attached



​I think it's worth thinking about it beyond a career but more a skill set. The ability to code means you have developed your ability to decompose a problem and form a solution. there are numerous transferable skills. you could liken it to a mechanic working on a care but in a less physical manner.

Like previous initiatives (pi etc) because they're so user unfriendly. They'll all end up in a drawers and never see the light of day until eventually binned!

NodeMCU is not really the same thing, but CodeBug is very similar to the BBC MicroBit, same LED array and switches, battery powered, just missing the bluetooth as standard and has been available for months.

It won't be the price or the specs exactly, but the weight of the support, backing and community behind it. BBC micro-bit has BBC, MS, Element14, and other big names behind it along with the give-away aspect, but they don't seem to have the same savvy cleverness as the Raspberry Pi people who pushed their stuff into a dominant position.

Like previous initiatives (pi etc) because they're so user unfriendly. … Like previous initiatives (pi etc) because they're so user unfriendly. They'll all end up in a drawers and never see the light of day until eventually binned!



9 million Pis and increasing, plus entire businesses, magazines and masses of web space says different. They are not meant to be user friendly, they are learning devices and supposed to set a challenge, get people thinking and figuring stuff out themselves. Plug and play dumbed down devices like tablets and smartphones wouldn't serve that purpose at all.

SteveDave4

Or you could be less rude to people. Absolutely needless behaviour, what … Or you could be less rude to people. Absolutely needless behaviour, what a saddo.



1) You might like to take note I put a smiley to DonkeyKonk
2) You might also like to note that HarryFenner liked my comment themselves.

Both were aimed at being tongue-in-cheek friendly comments.

So, you might like to not read negative connotations into everything you read. If DonkeyKonk or HarryFenner read it as I was being rude, then it's up to them to say so, to me, and I'd happily and openly apologize to the them myself for not wording things better.

The only person that's coming across as rude, is you for making comments on something that didn't concern you and for throwing naming calling about! Another world-wind-keyboard-warrior hits the site again! Go have a flame war some where else, because I'm not joining in!

Programming is a really dreadful career, it's sad the government are … Programming is a really dreadful career, it's sad the government are telling practically every child to learn how to do it.Anyone see this on the BBC news "Sitting down all day at work poses a health risk" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32082387"Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behaviour."Those microbits should have a sticker with the above health warning attached



Just get a standing desk and eat bananas. Sorted.

Thanks OP might get one for my son who's not the given age. Heat.

1) You might like to take note I put a smiley to DonkeyKonk2) You might … 1) You might like to take note I put a smiley to DonkeyKonk2) You might also like to note that HarryFenner liked my comment themselves.Both were aimed at being tongue-in-cheek friendly comments.So, you might like to not read negative connotations into everything you read. If DonkeyKonk or HarryFenner read it as I was being rude, then it's up to them to say so, to me, and I'd happily and openly apologize to the them myself for not wording things better. The only person that's coming across as rude, is you for making comments on something that didn't concern you and for throwing naming calling about! Another world-wind-keyboard-warrior hits the site again! Go have a flame war some where else, because I'm not joining in!



You came across as rude to them by me too

Programming is a really dreadful career, it's sad the government are … Programming is a really dreadful career, it's sad the government are telling practically every child to learn how to do it.Anyone see this on the BBC news "Sitting down all day at work poses a health risk" http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-32082387"Heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancers and poor mental health have all been linked to sedentary behaviour."Those microbits should have a sticker with the above health warning attached



As a programmer i disagree with this post...also, sitting down anywhere all day poses a health risk, with the proper amount of breaks and a decent posture this can be easily avoided.

My daughter's school are using them but they only have three for the year group!

....Go have a flame war some where else, because I'm not joining in!


...looks like you missed off the 'Mr Sulky' Emoji

1) You might like to take note I put a smiley to DonkeyKonk2) You might … 1) You might like to take note I put a smiley to DonkeyKonk2) You might also like to note that HarryFenner liked my comment themselves.Both were aimed at being tongue-in-cheek friendly comments.So, you might like to not read negative connotations into everything you read. If DonkeyKonk or HarryFenner read it as I was being rude, then it's up to them to say so, to me, and I'd happily and openly apologize to the them myself for not wording things better. The only person that's coming across as rude, is you for making comments on something that didn't concern you and for throwing naming calling about! Another world-wind-keyboard-warrior hits the site again! Go have a flame war some where else, because I'm not joining in!

you might like stopping being rude to people?
you also might like to really stop being rude to people?
Oh and you really really really might like to stop being rude to people

1) You might like to take note I put a smiley to DonkeyKonk2) You might … 1) You might like to take note I put a smiley to DonkeyKonk2) You might also like to note that HarryFenner liked my comment themselves.Both were aimed at being tongue-in-cheek friendly comments.So, you might like to not read negative connotations into everything you read. If DonkeyKonk or HarryFenner read it as I was being rude, then it's up to them to say so, to me, and I'd happily and openly apologize to the them myself for not wording things better. The only person that's coming across as rude, is you for making comments on something that didn't concern you and for throwing naming calling about! Another world-wind-keyboard-warrior hits the site again! Go have a flame war some where else, because I'm not joining in!



I'll be honest, I'm not seeing much support for you here...

I'll be honest, I'm not seeing much support for you here...


you might like to point out the lack of support
you might also like to point out how great this deal is
also can you point out some other things ive missed

you might like to point out the lack of supportyou might also like to … you might like to point out the lack of supportyou might also like to point out how great this deal isalso can you point out some other things ive missed



You missed off the winky smiley..to prove the light hearted nature of your mockery

mod

Can we keep it friendly and on topic please

You missed off the winky smiley..to prove the light hearted nature of … You missed off the winky smiley..to prove the light hearted nature of your mockery


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