The micro: bit computer – used by millions of school children around the world – got its first major update since 2016. Includes The new model On the capabilities of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
The new model of the computer also got an amplifier and a microphone, so that sound-based projects do not need to be connected to external audio systems, while also allowing the device to respond and interact with sounds.
The micro: bit was a Project formerly led by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), While it is now led by an institution that aims to make programming accessible to children.
The device is supposed to be released next month, with prices starting at £ 11.50.
“The purpose of the micro: bit is to help children unlock their creative potential and learn to shape the world around them,” said Gareth Stockdale, CEO of Micro Bit Education.
He added: Learning to program and think algorithm can enhance their life chances in the 21st century.
The microcomputer has been designed since its launch for education, as 25 million children learn computer skills via the device in more than 60 countries.
The previous model was launched in 2016, and the BBC provided the microcomputer free of charge to seventh graders in the UK.
It is now used in most secondary schools, as well as elementary schools, universities and libraries.
The microcomputer is a palm-sized circuit board with a set of 25 lights that can be programmed to display letters, numbers and other shapes and a Bluetooth chip for wireless connectivity.
Instead of entering code directly into the computer, owners write scripts after choosing between four programming languages via web-based tools via a computer, or via an app on a tablet or smartphone.
Once written, the collected scripts must be transferred to the micro: bit, which then acts as a standalone device that can be used to display messages via flash and record movements, among other tasks.
It can also be linked to other electronics to form the brain of a robot, a musical instrument, or any other combination.
The new model includes a better microprocessor, with more memory, an onboard microphone, an amplifier, and a touch sensor.
The built-in loudspeaker allows users to compose music and create motion-sensitive interactive instruments, while The microphone allows the device to respond to the sound.
The new model includes twice the flash storage capacity, four times the speed, and eight times the RAM compared to the original model.
And given that the machine has become powerful enough to run machine learning systems, the organization has plans to expand into this area in the future.
A micro: bit is often compared to a Raspberry Pi, and while a Raspberry Pi works on Linux and Windows, and can be programmed directly, the micro: bit does not run on a complete operating system, and the computer code must be written somewhere Post and assemble it.