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Coming Soon To A Child Near You


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#1 Alphonsox

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 01:13 PM

Over the next few months the BBC are planning to give away 1 million embedded computing boards known as BBC Micro:bit. Every child in the country should be receiving one. I am sure a large number of the ungrateful little scrotes will soon realise that there is money to be made selling them on ebay. The numbers being given away should mean the prices stay low.

The board looks extremely interesting for distributed sensor applications. It is designed for battery operation and includes Bluetooth Smart (low power wireless) communications and a bunch of GPIO, motion and temperature sensors. It will be interesting to see what the final specs are for the board and how easy modification will be.

http://www.bbc.co.uk.../thebbcmicrobit

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 01:16 PM

If it doesn't play call of duty my fella won't be interested.

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 01:19 PM

Whilst it looks interesting, I'll stick with the Arduino for such projects.

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 01:45 PM

Nearly a grands worth of Apple tablets / iPods etc ( not including iPhones ) in my house.
Won't be converting any time soon.
What's with the giveaway. ?
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 01:57 PM

The give away is to try and get kids interested in computing, rather than just using computers. In that respect this is a cheaper version of the Raspberry Pi. The big difference is that this is a very low power board capable of sensing its environment and sending that information off to other things. (A very simple example would be a wireless thermostat). It is not in any way designed to replace the Fruit themed computing devices in your home.

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:00 PM

My oldest boy would find that very interesting tbh. I was looking at a Pi for him to mess about with, along with a large electronics set on the cards too.
He's a clever little g1t, 99th percentile in school.
I can't be the father
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 02:36 PM

:rolleyes:

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 04:18 PM

Looks interesting, would like to get my hands on a board myself.

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 04:29 PM

View PostNickfromwales, on 17 August 2015 - 02:00 PM, said:

He's a clever little g1t, 99th percentile in school.
I can't be the father
:lol:
All the best people had a plumber as a father (yes my dad was a plumber and was disappointed when electrics interested me not pipes)

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Posted 17 August 2015 - 07:25 PM

I started off as an apprentice sparky, but just after the second year I decided it wasn't for me. Got my city and guilds ( iirc c3 & c4 ) and hit the road.
I dont see many mucky electricians, and most of my subbie sparkies keep asking me for guidance so maybe I should have stuck to it :wacko:
Ho hum. 18 and daft, what can I say. :o
That was the stage where beer and well shaped ladies caught my attention.
So to summarise, it's women's fault for me being a plumber and having little or no knees left.
I knew it wasn't me. :)
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Posted 17 August 2015 - 07:31 PM

Electricians complain at their knees being knackered as well. Any trade that involves taking floor boards up and working low down. Should have been a plasterer instead, but then I would be compaining my wrists have had it (oh hang on......)

Edited by joiner, 17 August 2015 - 08:09 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2015 - 08:10 PM

Try welding fabrication! Half your life is spent either marking out on the floor or kneeling on a beam. :rolleyes: