BBC's micro:bit goes on sale with kids wearable

A technology startup behind BBC's Micro:bit has unveiled Mover Kit, a new wearable for kids to make and code themselves.

Mover Kit has turned out to be a huge hit on Kickstarter and has now reached $100k, well beyond its initial target.

With 1,500 backers in its kitty, Mover Kit, designed by an award-winning start-up named Technology Will Save Us, will allow children between the age of 4 and 16 years to use their imagination and computational thinking to make and code themselves while learning about programming and electronics at the same time.

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The kit, when available for sale, will come with several technical components which users will be able to piece together as well as an educational 'Make' platform using which children will be able to invent and code with their Mover Kit. The components will include coloured LEDs, printed circuit boards, batteries as well as snap bands which children can attach to their wrists. The wearable wll also feature sensors like a magnetometer, an accelerometer, a USB connector and a lanyard.

“We take on this philosophy and tap into the hobbies and passions we love - to create toys that kids make, code and invent with. We designed Mover Kit alongside children and tested prototypes with over 300 kids. They showed us that they were most excited about technology that they could wear and that responded to activities and we’ve been delighted with the response to the finished product,” said Bethany Koby, co-founder and CEO of Technology Will Save Us.

If you want your kids to learn the pleasures of wearable technology and to code themselves, you can invest a small amount on the Mover Kit on Kickstarter. The kit will be available come Fall and those investing on it will be the first to get their pre-ordered wares. The minimum amount that you need to invest on Kickstarter is $45.

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Technology Will Save Us previously developed BBC's Micro:bit of which BBC distributed eight million units across the country. Deeply worried that Britain's children could suffer from a skill and knowledge gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, BBC initiated a programme to train them to be more resourceful for developing computer games and smartphone apps of the future.

BBC says the device is a “stripped-down gadget designed to make it easy for kids to start writing their own code” which should work as a stepping stone for kids to work on more complex devices like Raspberry Pi and Arduino. The move could also be a result of an ambition to see future technologies and apps churn out from British shores to compete with existing tech hubs like China, Korea, Japan and the United States. Micro Bit, which is no larger than a credit card, contains a Bluetooth antenna, LED lights, motion sensor, and ability to write codes like Python, C++ and Microsoft's TouchDevelop in simple forms.

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