BBC will distribute tiny re-programmable computer for kids

first_imgUK has been feeling that it is losing the technology-racethat is ramping-up everywhere in the world. BBC UK is taking up the cause ofenticing the young ones to enter digital world by giving tiny computer chipsets.The company will be giving out one million computers to the children above theage of 10.The chipset, dubbed Micro:Bit, will be comprised of twore-programmable buttons, Bluetooth Low Energy Module, a micro USB port, 25 redLED lights, an accelerometer, compass and five input/output rings that can befurther connected to various sensors and circuits. The Micro:bits processor ispowered by an ARM Cortex-M0, and has been made by Nordic Semiconductor. Thedevice will derive its power from an AA battery pack to behave as a stand-alonecomputer. The device will come in different colours and will sport a size of4x5cms.The chip is designed for children who can start developinginterest in programming and even technology in general. According to a reportfrom BBC, theirdirector general Tony Hall said the device will help children to go beyond thegeneric knowledge of computers and know about the programming behind it. “Weall know there’s a critical and growing digital skills gap in this country andthat’s why it’s so important that we come together and do something aboutit,” he said at a launch event in London.BBC has partnered up with 25 major brands to take thisinitiative that includes tech giants like Microsoft and Samsung. Tony Hallstated in the event, “Just as the BBC Micro introduced millions topersonal computers 30 years ago, the BBC Micro:bit can help equip a newgeneration with the digital skills they need to find jobs and help grow the UKeconomy. It’s the unique role of the BBC that allows us to bring together anunprecedented partnership to deliver such an ambitious project.”advertisementAlso read: Microsoft’smobile future now depends on Windows 10last_img

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