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Interesting little board:CodeBug

Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:11 pm

The PiFace team are running a Kickstarter for a nice little I/O board aimed at education

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/922345933/codebug

looks worth a look at

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:24 pm

errr. micro-bit? ever heard of it? The BBC are giving a few million of those away and they are almost identical to this. :P

http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/12/bbc- ... it-coding/

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Tue Mar 31, 2015 7:06 am

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:04 am

mahjongg wrote:errr. micro-bit? ever heard of it? The BBC are giving a few million of those away and they are almost identical to this. :P
The overriding question is "how identical"? Is it the same AVR processor? Will programming it be identical? Are the pinouts the same?
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Tue Mar 31, 2015 9:08 am

I backed the Kickstarter for CodeBug - my first ever kickstarter in fact!
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Tue Mar 31, 2015 1:16 pm

mahjongg wrote:errr. micro-bit? ever heard of it? The BBC are giving a few million of those away and they are almost identical to this. :P
http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/12/bbc- ... it-coding/
Agree, but the kickstarter is the only way for me to make sure that I will get my own pppppppppreeeeeeeeccccccciiioooouuussss ;)

This is why I backed the CodeBug (for my 7 years old).

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:03 am

Does anyone have know about age group for this?

and also, how it is going to achieve things like:

- Scroll your latest tweets from Twitter
- Warn when creepers are nearby -- use CodeBug as an extra display for Minecraft
- Record results for science experiments e.g. build a temperature data logger
- Never miss an appointment again with a smart customisable alarm clock
- Take your first steps to having a smart home

From what I understand, you write the code and put it on Codebug and it executes. Am I wrong?

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:34 am

[avi] wrote:Does anyone have know about age group for this?
Same as the Raspberry Pi. From about age 3 to age 93 or beyond.
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Sat Apr 04, 2015 11:56 am

^Great, thanks! Backed it on KS for two.

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 8:17 am

Its nearly there - if you haven't backed it - do it now and push it over the top :)


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/922345933/codebug

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:03 am

I've sent them a message asking about an intermediate backer reward, I'd take 10 (2 kids, who have 7 cousins, and one for me) but I can't justify 30.
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:47 am

Backed it, but do wonder about the similarity with the microbit

- are there any links between the two i.e. same people involved

- which came first ?

- who copied who ? :)
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 10:51 am

Yes, I noticed that they've studiously ignored all of the questions in that regard. I've moved them £110 closer to their goal.

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:51 am

It probably is the microbit. I suspect that the BBC can't come clean about it because they are taxpayer funded and aren't supposed to advertise commercial products. Remember the Acorn Electron?

Anyway, I've just backed it on kickstarter too.
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:12 pm

croston wrote:It probably is the microbit. I suspect that the BBC can't come clean about it because they are taxpayer funded and aren't supposed to advertise commercial products. Anyway, I've just backed it on kickstarter too.
I don't think so, I think the BBC aren't allowed to commercialise the microbit (for whatever reason) and this is someones efforts to get a clone of it available.

they have definitely changed the shape (very simple modification I know), some of the components may also be different.
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the microbit has a whole bunch of other connections at the bootm, the codebug doesn't seem to have them.
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:40 pm

croston wrote:It probably is the microbit. I suspect that the BBC can't come clean about it because they are taxpayer funded and aren't supposed to advertise commercial products. Remember the Acorn Electron?

Anyway, I've just backed it on kickstarter too.
Microbit is ARM based and CodeBug is based on a Microchip PIC18F processor.

The similarities are striking though. Both use Blockly as the programming environment.

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:43 pm

What's the big square lumpy thing in the middle. The hardware round it and the connections aren't important unless it's running the same Atmel processor. Underneath it's, probably, just an Arduino wearing a different coat.
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:55 pm

DougieLawson wrote:What's the big square lumpy thing in the middle. The hardware round it and the connections aren't important unless it's running the same Atmel processor. Underneath it's, probably, just an Arduino wearing a different coat.
As PiGraham says, the CodeBug has a PIC18F processor, the articles on the Microchip don't seem to reveal the processor.
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:00 pm

DougieLawson wrote:What's the big square lumpy thing in the middle. The hardware round it and the connections aren't important unless it's running the same Atmel processor. Underneath it's, probably, just an Arduino wearing a different coat.
ARM is in the consortium so presumably an ARM processor rather than Atmel. It might be Arduino compatible but I haven't seen any mention of it. Blockly seems to be the focus.

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:10 pm

If it's a PIC or some other processor I may be interested in funding it. If it's just an Atmel/AVR, I'd leave it, I've got a couple of those.
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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:13 pm

It says it's a PIC:
The Tech Specs:

If you're the type that wants to know the nitty-gritty details:

Powered by Microchip PIC18F processor -- with USB
Blockly based drag-n-drop programming in web-browser - no ide to install

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/922345933/codebug

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:23 am

Found a third "bug", called BBC Bug
http://bug.iotoy.org/bug

This one is even more vague.

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Fri Apr 10, 2015 7:02 am

mjtessmer wrote:Found a third "bug", called BBC Bug
http://bug.iotoy.org/bug

This one is even more vague.
Dead link, the only references I can find on google date back to 1983.
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Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:33 am

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Re: Interesting little board:CodeBug

Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:45 am

that looks identical to the MicroBit to me, probably a development phase of the same device.
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