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  • Bit:Bot Robot for BBC Micro:Bit (BitBot for MicroBit) (BITBOT)
    Bit:Bot Fully Integrated Robot for the BBC Micro:Bit

    NB. BBC Micro:Bit is NOT included unless specifically selected with the checkbox

    This (almost) ready-assembled robot requires no soldering, no wires and nothing more than a screwdriver to complete it.

    The Bit:Bot fully engages children and adults alike, allowing you to explore and code the BBC Micro:Bit using any of the languages available (not all features are supported in all languages)

    Learn here how to control the Bit:Bot with your Bluetooth phone

     *NEW* There is now a Microsoft PXT package for Bit:Bot (thanks to Sten Roger Sandvik, @stenrs on Twitter). Go to the Advanced tab or the Tools gear icon and select Add Package, then search for BitBot
     

    Check out these features:
    • 2 micro-metal gear motors. Both fully controllable in software, for both speed (0 to 100%) and direction (forward or reverse)
    • Wheels with rubber tyres for maximum grip
    • Really smooth metal ball front caster
    • 12 mini neopixels in 2 sets of 6 along the arms either side. Select any colour for any pixel, produce stunning lighting effects as your Bit:Bot moves around
    • 2 digital line following sensors. Code your own line-following robots and race them to see whose code produces the fastest lap time!
    • 2 analog light sensors (front left and front right) so your Bit:Bot can be programmed to follow a light source such as a torch, or you could code it to go and hide in the darkest place it can find
    • Buzzer, so you can make beeping sounds whenever you want
    • Powered from integrated 3xAA battery holder with on/off switch and blue indicator LED
    • Easily plug your BBC micro:bit in and out using the edge connector
    • Extension port for addition neopixels (such as McRoboFace)
    • Expansion connections at the front for additional sensors (Ultrasonic rangefinder available now, more in development)
    Optionally, you can add an Ultrasonic Distance Sensor (rangefinder) module. The sensor can be either soldered to the module, or connected via a socket. No soldering is required for either version. The socketed version makes it easier to connect a micro-USB lead to the Micro:Bit, but the soldered version is more robust.

    We also have an option for a pen holder that is fitted at the back. This can be plain, or have LEDs on to create a glow ring effect around the pen

    See our detailed blog entry for example code snippets and application ideas
    Add to Cart
    £30.00
  • BBC Micro:Bit in Gift Box (Microbit) (MBIT)

    BBC Micro:Bit in Gift Box

    BBC micro:bit is a BBC initiative to get kids in the UK coding. A royalty from the sale of this BBC micro:bit merchandise helps promote digital creativity amongst young people in the UK.

    The BBC micro:bit is a pocket-sized computer that you can code, customise and control to bring your digital ideas, games and apps to life.

    Measuring 4cm by 5cm, and designed to be fun and easy to use, users can create anything from games and animations to scrolling stories at school, at home and on the go - all you need is imagination and creativity.


    Available in 4 striking colours (Red, Blue, Yellow and Green). "You will be sent random colours of BBC micro:bit, you will not be able to order items based on their colour"

    Child Friendly:
    • Detects motion and direction - Shake the BBC micro:bit to play the classic Paper, scissors, stone game. Navigate around your local park with the onboard compass.
    • Control games using the 2 buttons
    • Flash messages or animations across the 25 programmable lights
    • Connect the BBC micro:bit to your phone using Bluetooth wireless technology to take selfies without touching your phone
    • Add a speaker to one of three connecting rings to play sounds or music.

    Micro:bit features:
    • Multiple sensors
    • Programmed via software via USB
    • Multiple platform support Windows, iOS, tablet, mobile
    • Open Source hardware (OSHW)

    Top Side
    • 3 Digital/Analogue input/output rings
    • Power port ring
    • Ground ring
    • 25 individually programmable LEDs
    • 2 programmable buttons

    Bottom Side
    • 23-bit ARM Cortex M0+ CPU
    • Bluetooth Smart Antenna
    • Accelerometer and compass
    • Micro USB
    • 20-pin edge connector
    • Battery connector
    Add to Cart
    £10.80
  • 2 x AAA Battery Holder with Switch and 2-Pin JST for MicroBit (BBOXMBIT)
    Battery Holder for Use with BBC Micro:Bit

    This enclosed holder for 2 x AAA batteries comes with an on/off switch and 2-pin JST connector for plugging directly into the Micro:Bit. Ideal for simple use of Micro:Bit on the move
    Add to Cart
    £1.25
  • Ultrasonic Distance Sensor for Robo:Bit (RoboBit) (RBITSON)
    Ultrasonic Distance Sensor for Robo:Bit

    NB. Robo:Bit not included

    Ready-Soldered, just attach to your Robo:Bit using the 2 screws for the front caster and off you go.

    Use Microsoft PXT (or MicroPython with some awkward code) to read the distance to an obstacle, then program your Bit:Bot to avoid it.

    Both Ping and Echo signals are on the same pin (Pin 13) (NB. this is a different pin to Bit:Bot)

    This module should be screwed tightly to the front of the Robo:Bit ensuring the the little solder pips on the underneath make good contact with the pads of the Robo:Bit. See attached photos.
    Add to Cart
    £3.50
  • Robo:Bit Buggy for the BBC Micro:Bit (RoboBit for Microbit) (RBITBUG)
    Robo:Bit DIY Buggy for the BBC Micro:Bit

    NB. BBC Micro:Bit is NOT included unless specifically selected with the checkbox

    This little buggy can be assembled very quickly using only a screwdriver. No soldering is required.

    It comprises several packs that are also available separately:
    • Robo:Bit robotics controller PCB
    • Fixings pack (battery holder, screws, mounting pillars, caster, etc.)
    • Wheels Motors and wheels
    • Optional extra: Line sensor pack
    • Optional extra: Ultrasonic distance sensor module
    • Optional extra: McRoboFace - simply push the 4-pin connector of the McRoboFace into the 4 holes at the front of the Robo:Bit
    Using the basic kit you can learn about:
    • Controlling motors with simple Forwards / Reverse controls
    • Controlling the speed of motors in both directions using PWM
    • Use a second BBC micro:bit with the easy-to-use radio software to control the buggy
    • Use the motion sensor on the micro:bit to detect collision with obstacles and avoid them
    With the Plug-in Ultrasonic Distance Sensor:
    • Detect when obstacles get close and change the program to avoid the obstacles
    • "Follow-Me" program that tries to stay a certain distance from the object in front
    • NB: Please do not plug in a standard HC-SR04 directly as this can be damaged with voltage spikes from the motors. Please use our specially developed addon unit for this (available 5th July)
    With the Line Follower Sensor Pack:
    • Use the 2 line sensors either side of the non-reflective line to detect the line and keep the buggy on track
    • Write more complex programs that behave as required if you meet a T-Junction or crossing of lines
    • Compare different line following strategies - create a race-track and see which strategy is fastest
    • In combination with the distance sensor, make it avoid obstacles on the track and then re-acquire the line

    Assembly instructions in our blog
    Add to Cart
    £22.00
  • Edge Connector for BBC Micro:Bit (Microbit) (HDRMBIT)

    Edge Connector for BBC Micro:Bit

    The standard through-hole edge connector for use with the BBC Micro:Bit.
    The edge connector has 40 pins on either side at 1.27mm pitch, which translates to the 20 "actual" pins on the Micro:Bit

    This is the same connector used in our Bit:Bot, Robo:Bit and Bit:2:Pi products

    View PDF Datasheet here
    Add to Cart
    £1.80
  • Pen Holder for Bit:Bot (BitBot) or CrumbleBot (BOTPENxx)
    Pen Holder for Bit:Bot or CrumbleBot

    NB. Bit:Bot not included

    This nifty little, and extremely thin, PCB allows you to connect a pen to the back of your Bit:Bot or CrumbleBot*
    • Only 0.4mm thin, so it is very flexible, allowing it to put downwards pressure on the pen without pushing the robot off the ground
    • Rubber grommet with 10mm internal diameter - ideal for Sharpie felt tips and other pens
    • Easily fitted onto the two screws for the battery support pillars in seconds

    This accessory is available in 2 flavours:
    1. Plain PCB with rubber grommet for maximum economy
    2. Fitted with 8 bright white LEDs to produce a glow-ring effect on the top and lighting the drawing below**

    * CrumbleBot must use 3xAA battery holders as this is fitted to the bottom of the battery support pillars
    ** Powered LEDs on CrumbleBot requires the "wire-free" battery holder system
    Add to Cart
    £2.25
  • PlayGround for BBC Micro:Bit - Starter Kit (Microbit) (PLAYMBITST)
    Playground for BBC Micro:Bit - Starter Kit

    This is an exciting new way to use your micro:bit, with addon components, but without requiring crocodile clips which can be difficult for small people to use.

    Also, this new approach allows the use of a single cable for most addons, instead of 3 crocodile clips

    See our blog for detailed usage and programming information

    This Starter Kit Includes:
    • Playground for Micro:Bit (Micro:Bit is optional extra)
    • 4 x Connection Cables
    • Traffic Light Gizmo
    • Dial Gizmo
    • Buzzer Gizmo
    • 2 x Flame Gizmos
    • Prototyping Gizmo

    Features:
    • Fittings for your BBC micro:bit (micro:bitnot included, unless selected)
    • Battery holder for 2xAA batteries permanently fitted (batteries not included)
    • Sturdy On/Off switch
    • Blue power indicator LED
    • White LEDs on all 3 inputs to show when active
    • All Micro:Bit Input / Outputs are brought to croc clip compatible connectors so you can continue to use existing components
    • Each new connector includes the signal as well as power and ground
    • Fast and easy to connect

    Other Gizmos - Available now
    Many Gizmos are already available and more are on the way. Each Gizmo connects directly to the Playground with usually one connection cable (Traffic Lights uses 3 cables, one for each colour). Note that the Motor Gizmo is not compatible with micro:bit.
    As with our Crumbs, the Gizmos are colour coded:
    • Blue - Digital Input (eg. Button)
    • Yellow - Analog Input (eg. Dial)
    • Black - Digital Output (eg. Buzzer)
    • Red - Analog Output (eg. motors)
    • White - Smart pixels ("Sparkles")

    Here is a great video introducing Playground for BBC micro:bit

    Add to Cart
    £26.50
  • 2 x AAA Battery Holder with 2-Pin JST for MicroBit (BBOXMBITA)
    Open Battery Holder for Use with BBC Micro:Bit

    This open holder for 2 x AAA batteries comes with a 2-pin JST connector for plugging directly into the Micro:Bit. Ideal for simple use of Micro:Bit on the move.
    We also have a battery holder with on/off switch
    Add to Cart
    £1.00
  • PlayGround for Microbit - Super Kit (PLAYMBIT-SUP)
    Playground for BBC Micro:Bit - Super Kit

    This is an exciting new way to use your micro:bit, with addon components, but without requiring crocodile clips which can be difficult for small people to use.

    Also, this new approach allows the use of a single cable for most addons, instead of 3 crocodile clips

    See our blog for detailed usage and programming informnation

    This Playground Super Kit is presented in a plastic case and includes:
    • Playground for Micro:Bit (Micro:Bit is not included)
    • 4 x Connection Cables 20cm
    • 1 x Connection Cable 50cm
    • 1 x Connection Cable 100cm
    • Analog Dial Gizmo
    • Light Sensor Gizmo
    • Buzzer Gizmo
    • Traffic Light Gizmo
    • Servo Gizmo
    • Touch Sensor Gizmo
    • 2 x Flame Gizmos
    • 1 x Blaze Gizmo or Fire Stick Gizmo (select as Option)
    See our blog for detailed usage and programming information


    Other Gizmos - Available now
    Many Gizmos are already available and more are on the way. Each Gizmo connects directly to the Playground with usually one connection cable (Traffic Lights uses 3 cables, one for each colour). As with our Crumbs, the Gizmos are colour coded:
    • Blue - Digital Input (eg. Button)
    • Yellow - Analog Input (eg. Dial)
    • Black - Digital Output (eg. Buzzer)
    • Red - Analog Output (eg. motors)
    • White - Smart pixels ("Sparkles")

    Here is a great video introducing Playground for Crumble. A similar approach can be taken with Playground for Pi

    Add to Cart
    £50.40
  • Bit:2:Pi BBC Micro:Bit adaptor for Raspberry Pi Addons (Bit2Pi) (BIT2PI)
    Bit:2:Pi Allows the BBC Micro:Bit to Connect to Raspberry Pi Addon Boards

    NB. BBC Micro:Bit and Unicorn pHat are NOT included

    The Bit:2:Pi enables you to re-use all those hundreds of Raspberry Pi addon boards and HATs.

    Simply plug your Micro:Bit into the edge connector and the required Raspberry Pi Hat onto the GPIO connector, then program your Micro:Bit to control the new board. Most Raspberry Pi boards are very simple to program as they are controlled by simple on/off signals on the GPIO connector which are easily copied in the Micro:Bit. We have also used Neopixel hats (eg. Unicorn from Pimoroni) with great success and are happily communicating via I2C as well.

    Selecting which Micro:Bit pin is connected to which GPIO pin, is via a set of configurable jumpers. There is a default set of connections that works for the most common boards, including I2C and SPI connections, but it is a simple matter to unplug a jumper or two, and replace it with a longer wire jumper (4 included) to connect your preferred pins.

    Of course, the original code for the Raspberry Pi won't run directly on the micro:bit but with support from our community we will get more and more boards working and with example microbit code.

    Current boards tested are:
    4tronix: PlayHat, Picon Zero, PiStop, motor controllers
    Pimoroni: Pibrella, Unicorn pHat/HAT. Explorer, Enviro pHat, Blinkt, Scroll pHat

    This board is supplied in two versions, both fully soldered:
    1. Without battery holder
    2. Including 3xAA battery holder so you can run your Raspberry Pi addons without wires!

    Power is supplied to the board and the micro:bit via the micro-USB connector on the side, but there is also an option to add a battery holder to allow completely wire-free operation.

    More details on our blog
    Add to Cart
    £12.00
  • Ultrasonic Distance Sensor for Bit:Bot (BitBot) (BITSON)
    Ultrasonic Distance Sensor for Bit:Bot

    NB. Bit:Bot not included

    Ready-Soldered, just attach to your Bit:Bot with the screws provided and off you go.

    Use Microsoft PXT (or MicroPython with some awkward code) to read the distance to an obstacle, then program your Bit:Bot to avoid it.

    Both Ping and Echo signals are on the same pin (Pin 15)

    This accessory is available in 2 flavours:
    1. With the ultrasonic sensor soldered directly to the PCB
    2. With a socket soldered on the PCB that you can plug the sensor into
    The sensor soldered into the PCB is much more robust and reliable, but has a big drawback in that you cannot access the micro-USB connector on the micro:bit unless you either remove the micro:bit or use a right-angled USB lead

    The socketed version allows most USB leads to access the micro:bit, but it isn't as robust.
    Add to Cart
    £3.00
  • SMT Edge Connector for BBC Micro:Bit (Microbit) (HDRMBITS)

    Surface Mount Edge Connector for BBC Micro:Bit

    The standard SMT edge connector for use with the BBC Micro:Bit.
    The edge connector has 40 pins on either side at 1.27mm pitch, which translates to the 20 "actual" pins on the Micro:Bit

    This edge connector has posts at either end to locate it correctly into the

    View PDF Datasheet here
    Add to Cart
    £1.80
  • Robo:Bit Robotics controller for the BBC Micro:Bit (RoboBit) (ROBOBIT)
    Robo:Bit Robotics Controller for the BBC Micro:Bit

    NB. BBC Micro:Bit is NOT included unless specifically selected with the checkbox

    This ready-assembled robotics controller board is ready to accept your BBC Micro:Bit, battery power (3 or 4 cells of AA is ideal) and motors of your choice to make your own DIY robot. Use a small box, ice-cream carton or similar to house everything and you can build a really affordable robot for your school, coding club or home.

    Robo:Bit has been cleverly designed so that with a few hexagonal pillars and screws, you can fit the motors, battery box, front casters, line following sensors and even ultrasonic distance sensors and have a very neat and simple robot!

    Robo:Bit uses the ever popular DRV8833 motor driver which allows you to use most small motors that operate in the 3-6V range.

    Connections are provided for lots of the BBC Micro:Bit pins, and all have immediate 3-pin access to power (3.3V) and ground. There are three separate pins for 5V if you need the extra voltage (but don't feed back 5V to the micro:bit as it won't like it!). This is the GVS (Ground, Volts, Signal) system for sensors and servos etc.

    On the left side of the board (the "front" of the robot) is a set of 4 offset holes into which you can simply poke an HC-SR04 ultrasonic distance sensor. The offset holes and gold plating ensure a good connection, but you can also solder it in permanently for added robustness.

    More details in our blog

    In addition to the Robo:Bit board itself, we offer the following options:
    • Fixings pack. Screws, hexagonal pillars and a Pololu caster. This allows you to fit standard yellow motors (not included) and immediately get a robot working
    • Line follower pack. Includes 2 line follower modules, hexagonal pillars, screws and short 10cm GVS leads
    • BBC Micro:Bit - just in case you don't already have one!
    Add to Cart
    £10.00
  • PlayGround for BBC micro:bit (Microbit) (PLAYMBIT)
    Playground for BBC micro:bit

    This is an exciting new way to use your BBC micro:bit, without requiring crocodile clips which can be difficult for small people to use.

    Also, this new approach allows the use of a single cable for most addons, instead of 3 crocodile clips

    See our blog for detailed usage and programming information

    Features:
    • Fittings for your micro:bit (micro:bit not included, unless selected)
    • Battery holder for 2xAA batteries permanently fitted (batteries not included)
    • Sturdy On/Off switch
    • Blue power indicator LED
    • White LEDs on all 3 inputs to show when active
    • The three Pins (Pin 0, Pin 1 and Pin 2) from the micro:bit are each brought to a new 3-pin connector as well as to a crocodile clip compatible terminal, so you can still use crocodile clips for your existing addons
    • Each new connector includes the signal as well as power and ground
    • Fast and easy to connect

    Optional Extras:
    • BBC micro:bit with USB cable
    • 20cm connection cables

    Gizmos - Purchase Separately
    Note that not every Gizmo is compatible with the BBC micro:bit. Currently, only the Motor Gizmo cannot be used with micro:bit, all other Gizmos work fine.
    Many Gizmos are already available and more are on the way. Each Gizmo connects directly to the Playground with usually one connection cable (Traffic Lights uses 3 cables, one for each colour). As with our Crumbs, the Gizmos are colour coded:
    • Blue - Digital Input (eg. Button)
    • Yellow - Analog Input (eg. Dial)
    • Black - Digital Output (eg. Buzzer)
    • Red - Analog Output (eg. motors)
    • White - Smart pixels ("Sparkles")

    Here is a great video introducing Playground for BBC micro:bit

    Add to Cart
    £10.00
  • Micro-USB Cable (1m) : Micro:Bit, Crumble, Raspberry Pi, etc. (USBMICRO)
    Quality 1m Micro-USB Cable

    Ideal for use with many micro-processors we stock, including
    • Crumble
    • Raspberry Pi
    • Arduino Yun
    Add to Cart
    £1.50
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