New devices aim to get kids coding and let you build your own Linux-based projects
Two new kits for makers are on their way and they’re sure to please children and Linux fans alike. Technology Will Save Us (a key player in the design of the BBC micro:bit) has set up a Kickstarter to fund its Mover Kit, which allows kids to make their own wearable devices. Designed for the younger brothers and sisters of the micro:bit generation, the Mover Kit can be used by kids as young as four.
“Kids who might want to get involved in making with digital technologies are left after,” said Bethany Koby, co-founder and CEO of TWSU. “We are on a duty to spark the creative imagination of young people using hands-on technology. Our award-winning make-it-yourself kits and digital tools help kids, and the adults that love them, to make, play, code and invent using technology.” The project was just $4000 away from its funding aim at the time of going to press and runs until 8 of June.
Meanwhile, SBC maker Tibbo has announced its Linux Tibbo Project PCB (LTPP3) board. Based on the powerful 1GHz Cortex-A8 Sitara CPU from Texas Instruments and carrying 512MB of RAM and 512MB of flash (pendrive) memory, the new LTPP3 board runs Tibbo’s own distribution of Linux, based on RedHat. The company’s Tibbit Blocks permit you to stack up projects as if they were LEGO and are well-matched with most well-liked microcontrollers. Tibbo’s products come with their own casing – no need to buy a separate case for your board – and can be built and configured in a range of ways, meaning less drilling, wiring and soldering are required to setup your projects.
In addition, Tibbo is currently busy porting its Tibbo OS (TiOS) to Linux so that you can run it as a Linux application. Tibbo’s Embedded AggreGate atmosphere is also on board to provide access to external data, devices, and systems using more than 100 supported communications protocols. It includes a specially designed middleware C library and is also able to access the board’s hardware resources, such as GPIO lines, serial ports and Tibbit modules installed in the board’s sockets.
You can pick one up now here! Enjoy 🙂