Announcing micro:bit ready
XinaBox are proud and excited to announce the launch of two great kits for the BBC micro:bit:
- The XK05 IoT kit for micro:bit
- The XK04 STEM kit for micro:bit.
Our range of over 80 components (called 'xChips') has been around for over 4 years now and has been primarily used with Arduino IDE, RaspBerry Pi and our own line of cores.
To integrate with micro:bit we've developed a ground-breaking bridge / interface that supports IoT over MQTT and data logging to a microSD card. We've also developed MakeCode libraries and how-to guides... all to make it as easy as possible to use the XinaBox ecosystem with your micro:bit. That's what we mean by 'micro:bit ready', and there is a list of all xChips which pass that standard on this page.
Its always been very easy to build and connect xChips to make digital instruments. With micro:bit and MakeCode it is now just as easy to code them.
The XK05 IoT kit for micro:bit:
The XK04 STEM kit for micro:bit
Data logging with the micro:bit
Both kits include the IM01 interface which has a number of great features:
- Use it to power your circuits. When pluigged in to a USB power source it can deliver up to 1000mA and 5V over the pins (compared to the 120mA and 3.3V that micro:bit supplies). Dust off the old servos and range finders.
- It has an on-board slot for a microSD card. Use the software supplied to turn your micro:bit into a sophisticated data logger capable of recording gigabyte sized csv files onto an SD card
- It also includes that staple of physical computing: the flashable LED. Use the MakeCode library to control the LED on the IM01; its great for Hello World but is also very useful as a visual cue to signal certain conditions / states in your program.
- Used in conjunction with the CW01 it enables the micro:bit to connect to MQTT IoT platforms.