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micro:bit broadcast Issue #25

Hi everyone,

Ever wondered how to make your own Mega:Bit, lie-detector, digital clock, or how to connect your micro:bit to your HomeKit network? You'll find all that and much more in the latest micro:bit broadcast issue!

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News

New Product: PRO-CUBE (GTranslation)
A new micro:bit accessory from Japan that provides wireless WAN capabilities.
Hackerfemo’s Bangladesh Roadtrip: Introducing the Micro:Bit & Robot workshops over 12 days
Diary of Femi's amazing initiative to teach his workshop in Bangladesh to kids from disadvantaged backgrounds and to share his love of digital making along the way.
New Product: micro:bit Breadboard Adapter
The micro:bit Breadboard Adapter is a breadboard breakout for the micro:bit that can be directly plugged into breadboard.
 
 

Articles

micro:bit Analog Inputs
As the micro:bit default ADC voltage reference will follow the battery voltage, this article goes through the steps to change the ADC reference to an internal constant voltage in MicroPython.
Citizen Science with the micro:bit
I want to empower students to truly harness the power of a microcontroller and then inspire them to use it as a material, not just a fabricated tool. With the micro:bit and the micro:climate kit classrooms can cut down the amount of time between blink and awesome to days rather than weeks.
BBC micro:bit Lesson #0
The first step in getting familiar with this fun little board, by Adafruit.
micro:bit BLE from the Raspberry Pi
This is an introduction on how you can exchange information between a micro:bit and a Raspberry Pi using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE).
 
 

Projects

HandShake (GitHub)
The goal of this project is to enable unique gesture recognition for people with limited control of their motion. We intend to recognise whatever motion a student can comfortably make and then use this to trigger a control.
Basic Lie Detector
Create a simple lie detector machine by measuring the electrical conductivity of our skin. Upon feeling nervous, our skin’s electrical conductivity will increase, and the moisture sensor can pick up on that, allowing us to determine if a person is telling the truth or not.
Mega:Bit
The Mega:Bit is basically a scaled up micro:bit, and has the 5 x 5 LED matrix and buttons, just like the normal micro:bit. To make it behave like a micro:bit, it is necessary to connect it to a real micro:bit; which is where things get a little tricky
Whaley Clock
A digital clock with the display split across multiple micro:bits linked with radio & using whaleysans 2-digit font.
Build a Micro:bit Cardboard ‘Pet’
From the NYSAIS STEAM Camp 2017, check out this easy, fun, and totally customizable cardboard ‘pet’ built with micro:bit, a simple servo motor, and a few other basic electronics and crafty bits.
RC car
Hack a toy RC car with your micro:bit!
This activity involves opening an electronic toy, cutting into cables and potentially rendering it completely useless.
Make: micro:bit neopixel sleeve
Going back to teaching in September I’ve had to dust off my suits and that’s when I thought of putting neopixels in the sleeve of a work jacket.
 
 

Software, libraries and Tools

Apple HomeKit:
Controlling HomeKit with micro:bit and vice-versa.
Homebridge ControlHomeKit (Demo)
Homebridge microbit (Demo)
Homebridge microbit LED Brightness (Demo)
microbit Hue (Demo)
bitty blue now available for ChromeOS
Bitty Blue provides a collection of fun things to do with a BBC micro:bit and Bluetooth. This great mobile application is now available for ChromeOS as well.
Update: MakeCode micro:bit Editor v0.12.64
This release provides better support for brightness, function blocks and minor bug fixes.
 
 

Others

Element 14 micro:bit Poster
The BBC micro:bit comes with so many incredible features, you might struggle to keep track of them all. That's why element14 has put together this detailed, beautifully rendered cross-section, highlighting all of the device's key functions and components.
3D Printed micro:bit Robot Chassi
No screws, no glue, just Plug-And-Play.
You'll need a micro:bit, a Servo:lite board from Kitronik, two FS90R continuous rotation microservo, two wheels for FS90R, and a glass marble (the one kids plays with).
 
 

Upcoming Events

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August 31st, CodeJam: Micro:bits with Code Club - Bangor, UK
September 5th, Microbit - Visuelles Programmieren... - Darmstadt, Germany
September 6th, Tutorial Micro:Bit - Roma - Rome, Italy
September 12th, An introduction to the BBC Micro:Bit - Manchester, UK
September 6th, Tutorial: Micro:Bit - Roma - Rome, Italy
September 9th, Blackpool Raspberry Jam 3rd Birthday Party - Blackpool, UK
September 16th, Covent Garden Raspberry Jam Summer 17 - London, UK
September 19th, Introduction to the BBC microb:it for... - Dersingham, UK
October 4th, Tutorial: Micro:Bit – Bracciano - Bracciano, Italy
October 26th-30th, PyCon UK 2017 - Cardiff, UK
November 18th, Fun with the MicroBit - Oak Ridge, USA

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