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This article was published on September 17, 2015

1m pocket-sized BBC Micro Bit computers delayed until after Christmas

1m pocket-sized BBC Micro Bit computers delayed until after Christmas
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The BBC’s Micro Bit computer, a miniature Raspberry Pi-like device designed to encourage children to learn digital skills, has been hit by delays.

While the Beeb had previously hoped to start shipping units out to teachers and children from next month, a design revision concerning the power supply has pushed the schedule back until after Christmas, according to the BBC.

It’s a blow for the organization, but it still plans to ship out a device free of charge to every Year 7 (6th Grade) student in the UK as soon as possible – around a million units are expected in the first batch.

The Micro Bit has 25 red LEDs, programmable buttons, an accelerometer, compass, Bluetooth, and connections to hook it up to more sensors. It can also be used in conjunction with other similar devices, like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Galileo, Kano, etc.

➤ BBC says Micro Bit rollout will be delayed [BBC]