Today we would like to introduce our readers to an upcoming single-board computer (SBC), which promises to be as tiny as the famous Raspberry Pi Zero board.

Meet BBC micro:bit, a project initiated by British public service broadcaster BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in an attempt to help kids from UK (United Kindom) to get started with coding.

Every 11 year old student in UK will be able to use the BBC micro:bit pocket-sized computer to code and bring their ideas to life, in the form of applications, scrolling stories, animations, or games. Fedora Project has even published a story on how to learn programming using micro:bit and Fedora Linux.

“A royalty from the sale of this BBC micro:bit merchandise helps promote digital creativity amongst young people in the UK,” reads the product’s website, from where anyone can pre-order the tiny SBC right now (see available online stores at the end of the article).

Micro:bit’s technical specifications

The BBC micro:bit single-board computer is as tiny as 4cm by 5cm, it features multiple sensors, support for multiple operating systems, including GNU/Linux and Microsoft Windows, support for mobile platforms like iOS and Android, open source hardware, and programming capabilities via USB.

While on the top side we can find three digital/analog input and output rings, a power port ring, a ground ring, two programmable buttons, and 25 individually programmable LEDs, on the bottom side there’s a 32-bit ARM Cortex M0+ CPU, the Bluetooth smart antenna, a MicroUSB port, a 20-pin edge connector, compass and accelerometer sensors, as well as the battery connector.

The good news is that BBC micro:bit is available for pre-order right now from The Pi Hut or Pimoroni for the sum of £13.00, which means approximately €17 or $19. It’s not as powerful and cheap as Raspberry Pi Zero, but consider buying one to help UK kids get started with programming.



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