It’s time we gave the micro:bit an in-depth look, and showcase what exactly this impressive little device is capable of doing for you.
I recently bought one of these from Adafruit, see my YouTube video Postbag – Adadfruit micro:bit, arcade game pad GMH-063.
In my first experiments with it, I was a little disappointed. I tried to compare it to an Arduino or Raspberry PI which I have become spoiled on. I dug a little deeper and found some very interesting capabilities including
This was designed for beginners who want to get started without a large investment. micro:bit runs on two AA batteries. It has Bluetooth LE 4.0 built in so you can talk to it with just about any computing device. With a compass and accelerometer, you can use it with motion-based projects, think Jedi Light Sabre. Large alligator clip pads for when you are not allowed to solder like I am in the living room. I can see a connector in the future to plug the micro:bit into to use all the pins. To top it off it has an 8 x 8 led matrix on the back.
I thought maybe because of its size and being an unusual board that would be difficult to code. Wrong again, “MakeCode: a drag and drop block coding system, and for the “Hard Core” 😉 folk it can be programmed with microPython. Within 10 minutes after plugging in my AA battery pack I was able to build a block code program to change the led matrix to show rapid acceleration and point to the way to North. I was very impressed now imagine if you 12 years old how you are going to feel.
I’m ordering one for the grandson for Christmas. I’d recommend the micro:bit to anyone who still has a 12-year-old sense of excitement trapped in them.
Link to my Postbag video with micro:bit in it.