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September 18, 2015

Power system issues delay BBC’s Micro Bit computer

The mini computer is designed to make coding more interesting to kids.

By Nitin Kumar

The delivery of BBC’s mini computer, Micro Bit, has been delayed due to issues relating to the power supply affecting a small number of devices.

The mini-computer was scheduled to be delivered this October to one million schoolchildren between the ages of 11 -12 years, but now it will be delivered early next year.

The issue with power supply is affecting only a handful of systems, but the BBC said that it wanted to make sure that Micro Bit was as robust and reliable as possible.

The mini computer is designed to make learning the basics of computing and programming more interesting for children.

The Micro Bit is a collaboration project between 29 partners, which includes tech titans like Barclays, Microsoft, and Samsung.

Micro Bit is a Raspberry Pi like device that was unveiled in March, which features a rectangular, credit card-style board measuring 4cm by 5cm and includes 25 red LEDs, two physical buttons and a built-in motion sensor.

The device provides Bluetooth LE connectivity, has a microUSB slot, and five input and output (I/O) rings that can be joined with crocodile clips and banana plugs.

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Micro Bit can also be connected to other computers like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and Galileo to undertake additional complex tasks.

According to BBC, Micro Bit is the most ambitious education initiative for 30 years as previously the company introduced Micro, which introduced many children to computing.

BBC spokesman said: "We’re expecting to start sending them out to teachers before Christmas and to children early in the new year.

"As a result of our rigorous testing process, we’ve decided to make some minor revisions to the device – getting it right for children and teachers before we manufacture one million units is our priority."

According to BBC, UK is facing a critical skills shortage in the technology sector and with Micro Bit it is trying to lure more children to get involved in computing and coding.

Picture: BBC

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