Announcing micro:bit ready

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: 

  • It has been designed to make it as easy as possible to connect your micro:bit to an IoT platform.
  • It connects to MQTT servers and is tailored to work with 3 leading IoT platforms ALSO AllThingsTalk, Azure and Ubidots.
  • In conjunction with our partners ALSO AllThingsTalk we've designed a 'curated journey' to make it extra easy for first time users to experience the IoT.
  • In addition the CW01 (with ESP8266 for Wi-Fi) is a programmable core.

read more about the XK05 or purchase the XK05

The XK04 STEM kit for micro:bit

  • Use the CW01 to measure temperature, humidity and atmospheric pressure.
  • The SL01 measures ambient light and UV levels.
  • With the OC05 servo driver you can control a servo motor and build automation projects.
  • The OD01 OLED display is great for showing data / diagnostics.
  • Use dual AA batteries in the PB04 intelligent battery holder to make your environmental monitor portable.

 read more about the XK04 or purchase the XK04

Data logging with the micro:bit

Both kits include the IM01 interface which has a number of great features:

  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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. 
  4. Used in conjunction with the CW01 it enables the micro:bit to connect to MQTT IoT platforms.

Find out how to use the IM01 and a micro:bit for data logging, or find out more about the IM01 interface, which is a great stand-alone peripheral in its own right. 

Find out more about XinaBox and the BBC micro:bit



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