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Read a PS/2 keyboard on a BBC micro:bit

What you’ll learn That computer keyboards aren’t just switches – they need power to make them work They comprise a matrix of buttons connected in rows and columns Computers don’t read your keypresses directly – the keyboard contains a circuit … Continue reading

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Standalone microbit scrolling displays

I wanted to make a scrolling display for my desk on parents’ evening, and thought I might use a micro:bit. Then I thought 5 micro:bits might be even better. But how to get them scrolling one message across? I didn’t … Continue reading

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Book Review: Code Academy by Sean McManus

Code Academy by Sean McManus, illustrated by Rosan Magar. Ivy Kids / Quarto Publishing, £9.99 This is an intriguing new book to introduce coding to children – there’s no guided age on the back but I think it should appeal … Continue reading

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More adventures in software-defined radio

multitasking – tide times and flight data! At the risk of being accused of ‘clickbait’ again, here’s an update on what I’ve been doing with my USB software-defined radio stick. Yes I know this is nothing new, yes I know … Continue reading

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The FaderPhone microbit musical instrument

Today I made a (sort of) electronic musical instrument with a BBC microbit and an old BBC radio studio fader. It’s wired up like I did previously, only I used pin 1 in place of pin 0 – as pin … Continue reading

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