Last month the BBC launched the BBC micro:bit – a handheld, programmable device designed as a creative means to teach children to code. The device will be distributed to one million 11-12 year old children across the UK in October.
The BBC micro:bit is designed as a beginner-level device to teach children to code and engage them with technology. The device features a built-in compass, motion detector, a series of red LED lights, five “rings” that allow users to connect the BBC micro:bit to external devices or sensors, bluetooth technology and two programmable buttons. The BBC micro:bit is fully customisable allowing the user, through basic coding, to tailor the device to meet their interests.
The shape and aesthetic design of the BBC micro:bit was created by Technology Will Save Us, a London-based technology company that specialises in creating interactive products that teach users basic coding. I’ve had a look at some of their kits before and they look great, this makes me wish I was about to start secondary school again and get hold of one myself!
The Muji kitchen appliances posted about last year will now be available in outside of Japan! Desined by Naoto Fukasawa, the minimal toaster and kettle will be available in the UK from November, having recently been made available in the US.
Sony have unveiled an LED lightbulb that doubles as a bluetooth speaker. There have been a few smartphone-controlled lightbulbs released in the last couple of years, and bluetooth speakers are everywhere, so I suppose this was inevitable. The bulb simply screws into a socket and connects wirelessly to your network. It will be released in Japan on 23 May for ¥23,880 ($199 / £130).
for a look at them in action, see these videos. the micro-synthesizers cost a mere €59 each. i can definitely justify that!
similar to the nest device, but more minimal (or less, depending on your opinion), the simple interface includes an e-ink screen in the centre of the case, which shows the temperature and other information either vertically or horizontally depending on which way up it’s facing. the netatmo thermostat is available for €179.
the pogo connector concept by jon patterson splits in two when pulled apart to prevent damage to your devices when the cables get snagged. the two parts are joined by magnets – one with a jack that fits into the headphone socket on the device, and a second longer piece that accommodates the jack from the headphones. the signal is transferred between the two parts via four pins, but once the cord is yanked away they disconnect and the music stops until the sections are reconnected.
according to the video (above), the magnet is strong enough to hold the device but will break only when snagged. the connector can be used as a straight connection or at a 90 degree angle where it can fully rotate. i look forward to seeing whether this gets produced!