Technology is moving from macro to micro. The Micro: bit is a computer model created by British broadcaster BBC radio and television for students. Micro: bit is super compact, with four centimeters high-five centimeters long, and includes some of the hardware resources of the highest quality and importance.
The small device is proposed it to be used to teach children and young students to learn the fundamentals of programming in a simple and accessible way. The device is being developed by the BBC in collaboration with 29 partner companies such as ARM, Barclays, Microsoft and Samsung , in addition to the University of Lancaster.
The Micro: bit is 18 times faster and 67 times lighter than its predecessor, the BBC Micro, which led to computing for many children for the first time in the 1980s. Micro: bit has 25 red LEDs that can display messages and facilitate games, two programmable buttons and an accelerometer and magnetometer board. Still, it offers Bluetooth connectivity, entrance to microUSB card and five rings I / O.
The device is ideal for children to carry between classes due to compact size. The BBC will also launch a web platform in which students can learn how to program the Micro: bit and simulate designs before transferring to the device. The company announced that the device’s technical specifications will be open source and you want to make it available commercially from the end of 2015.