Since releasing their smart-thermostat the Google-owned company have released a smoke-alarm and a home security camera, this lock is the next logical step I suppose. We’ll be able to control everything with our phones soon enough!
Acer’s new Revo Build brings this idea to desktop computing. Each block has a series of pins at the top and bottom allowing them to be stacked and connected simply and neatly. The cheapest base unit, containing a processor and 8GB of RAM, will cost £199. Other blocks will include a power block to run the computer when it’s not plugged in, and audio block with speakers and microphone and a graphics block to improve the quality of video games.
I think this is a great idea, letting users make properly personal computers for what they need, and allowing them to upgrade parts as and when they are needed, rather than having to buy a whole new machine.
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!