The Micro:Bit is awesome for kids. I bought one for our daughter a year ago (she is almost 6 now) and she has been having a lot of fun with programming hers with MakeCode. Even though she doesn’t really understand variables or loops yet, she like to draw her own emoji and write names of her friends and display them when buttons are pressed. She is always very proud when she built another program.
We also bought the Kitronik Micro:Bit inventor’s kit and built some of the examples from the book together with her, which she also liked. Though not as much as the on-board LEDs ;).
I also got my own Micro:Bit, because it is a very nice and capable microcontroller that is supported by Rust (besides STM eval boards, and Blue Pills, which can be had for a few bucks).
If you want lower-level work on the micro:bit you can either use PlatformIO for C, or Rust can be used as well (see the MicroRust book)
I would highly recommend uFlash for anyone who prefers a command line development environment over the provided editors on the micro:bit website.
I am always a bit disappointed when these tiny gadgets don’t include a battery. I guess it makes sense, but I really wanted a thing kinda like the Pebble Core (https://www.techradar.com/news/wearables/pebble-core-everything-you-need-to-know-1322135), without it being “tape a RasPi and a battery together”.
That being said, the … tininess of this product is really amazing. I really love things like micropython being available for this too, where you’re not having to choose between “code in C” and “run all of V8”.
Had the same thoughts and did a little research. MeowBit and Odroid Go look interesting if the handheld form factor is ok. Haven’t seen something like a programmable fitness band though.
If 7-segment LCDs are OK for you this watch might be an option.
I use it with a custom firmware (which you can flash using CLI tools). Without RF and sensors I had a battery life of >1 year.
We have a micro:bit. Kid loves it. Now we need to find some time to get past the blocks editor and use Python to control it.
I have one of these in my parts bin but never wound up building with it. Anyone have a fave project to recommend?
Yet another accepted advertisement/product placement. These product page links are coming up more and more frequently and with a pretty high amount of upvotes: interesting…
I disagree. This is promoting an open hardware platform and teaching kids to code—two things I can completely get behind. I see no problem here.
Then you are behind 3 things: open hardware, teaching kids to code and blatant advertisements on Lobste.rs.
Meta: We should definitely make a “marketing/advertisement” tag, it seems more and more people put their own personal preferences on whether an ad is acceptable or not.
To me an ad is still an ad.
Everything is an ad for something.
That kind of empty rhetoric isn’t helpful.
The site does tend to the side of an advert, but I don’t think it’s fair to accuse it of being an ad outright. I can’t see any link between the submitter and the product, and until I can be shown a link I think icyphox’s view is the more fair.
A lot of the stuff that appears here can be taken as some kind of an ad - maybe you dislike all of it, but as long as there is discourse surrounding what is posted I personally see no issue.
But a story should be judged on its own merit and not on the outcome it has.
Otherwise nobody should ever be able to flag anything as that story might actually generate a discourse.
Also, if that is the criterion for the stories, how about tweets, non-technical articles, etc? They could also spark some discourse.
I personally don’t mind if there is some marketing in it (as everyone likes to mention, a lot of content has a marketing purpose) but it also has to give something back. Some people explain in detail part of a topic which is included in their product: if the article can stand on its own feet, despite being related to product X, then I’d say that gets a pass.
But if you simply share the root of their official website page, that’s just sharing the product itself, which is the lowest form of advertising (and really, the worst kind of acceptable advertising is the accepted one of “word of mouth”, since who can truly prove that?).
So no, I disagree that because there isn’t an obvious link between the poster and the story (btw, how do you know if they are not friends IRL?) the submission is fine.
The story is clearly low effort and lots of more interesting content gets no upvotes, while this has 20+, isn’t that just plain wrong? Or is Lobste.rs going to become Reddit v2.tech?