About this project
Make the world smarter, with the cute computer that's small enough to hold in your hand. Get the CodeBug and make the future!
CodeBug is a fun, engaging, entry-level introduction to coding and physical electronics. In just a few clicks you'll program the versatile little CodeBug computer to display your own message. You're sure to get everyone's attention as you show off your coding skills when you pin your customised, wearable CodeBug to your clothes.
It couldn't be easier!
It's really, really, easy to get started! Visit our website to create your program, then plug in the CodeBug via USB to program it. That's it! No complicated setup. Our website will even show you what to do if you get stuck! It's probably the simplest way to get into cutting edge wearable-electronics technology.
CodeBug is much more than just a programmable flashing badge…
What else can I do with it?
As well as learning how to program your CodeBug our step by step guides on our website will inspire and guide you to create fun projects including:
- Scrolling name badge
- Light up greetings cards
- Eyecatching, interactive jewellery and wearables
- Interactive board games
- Sports performance tracker
Connect CodeBug with the World (Inputs and Outputs)
It's really easy to make CodeBug aware of the world around it; detect switches, measure voltages and turn things on and off; all by easily alligator-clipping to CodeBug's legs. You'll get a basic introduction into electronic circuits too!
Connect with the Internet of Things
It's simple to tether CodeBug to a Raspberry Pi, your PC or other computers to join the Internet of Things.
Take control of your CodeBug online over the Internet. Remotely read sensors (you could make CodeBug check if you locked the front door from anywhere in the world or measure the temperature at home), and link it to Twitter, Facebook and Minecraft. CodeBug makes a great second screen to display notifications of events, emails or friend activity for games or social media.
With Internet connectivity on CodeBug you can make a range of fun projects including:
- Wave a flag to get notified of Facebook activity
- Scroll your latest tweets from Twitter
- Warn when creepers are nearby -- use CodeBug as an extra display for Minecraft
- Make your virtual Minecraft world respond to events in the real world
- Record results for science experiments e.g. build a temperature data logger
- Never miss an appointment again with a smart customisable alarm clock
- Take your first steps to having a smart home
Along the way you'll pick up real computer science, electronics and coding skills. That's when it gets really exciting; use what you've learned to create and invent your own projects! Who knows what new gadget you'll go on to invent with CodeBug.
How it works
- Visit our website – if you've never programmed before follow our step by step tutorials to guide you to success
- Transfer your program into CodeBug over USB
- Unplug and run your code in CodeBug from a battery or phone charger.
It's that simple; no setup, no drivers, just instant digital creativity.
About the Bug
CodeBug is the original, easy to program wearable computer, that's cute and friendly too!
- Customisable with felt and paper costumes
- Connect the inputs to anything conductive: bananas, people, cats (gently) -- think MaKey MaKey TM
- Bright, eye catching LED display for text and graphics
- Interactive tutorials on our website show you how at every step
- Easy to use in schools -- all you need is a web browser!
- Designed and made in the UK
We know you want to get hold of your CodeBug soon. That's why we've worked hard to make sure everything is in place, we just need you to support us, then we can kick off the manufacturing and ship after the end of April. CodeBugs will be manufactured in the UK.
CodeBug will be released under a Creative Commons license so everyone can remix and make their own bugs. If you've never done any circuit board design, don't worry, we'll even show you how you could do this too!
We know that if more people are going to discover the joys of physical computing and coding, there needs to be more than just hardware.
Rich learning resources and step by step guides
Our companion website shows you exactly what to do -- how to create interesting projects from coding, connecting hardware and crafting!
CodeBug is the result of our experience of working with schools, teachers, youngsters and newcomers to computing. We wanted to get rid of all the barriers of existing approaches, however small. We wanted zero setup time, with no configuration but maximum fun and learning potential. We know the restrictions schools have with locked down networks so have made it as easy and simple as possible.
CodeBug makes it easy to teach and learn about computing.
- Easy to install, with no complicated setup
- Step by step quick start visual guide
- Inspiring activities to motivate and engage
- Further opportunities to stretch the most able students
- Interactive whiteboard resources and curriculum links to support educational delivery in the class room or in workshops.
CodeBug appeals at all levels, it's a great introduction and provides opportunities for progression. Through its possibilities for expansion it also has appeal to seasoned coders.
The Tech Specs:
If you're the type that wants to know the nitty-gritty details:
- Powered by Microchip PIC18F processor -- with USB
- Blockly based drag-n-drop programming in web-browser - no ide to install
- 5x5 font included, scrolling engine and fully customisable graphics
- Online 'Cloud' based project sharing
- Scrolling text and image creator
- 25 red LEDs and 2 button inputs
- 6 Sewable/croc-clip-able loops. 4 I/O including analogue 1 power and ground
- All inputs can be used as touch inputs (think MaKey MaKey TM)
- Powered by batteries or microUSB
- CR2032 battery holder on back
- Smart sleep technology
- Tethered mode option
- Expansion Port with 4 I/O pins (configurable as UART, SPI or I2C)
Our experience of workshops shows the best learning comes through play, so know how important it is to create something that's fun. We believe technology shouldn't get in the way of creativity, expression. CodeBug has been road tested with a wide range of groups and abilities so we know it's easy for people to pick up. It's ideal for workshops and at events.
What we’ve done:
CodeBug is the result of over 2 years in development, by a passionate team of makers. We have honed the design through several prototypes and CodeBug is real world tested with youngsters and we know it works.
We’ve worked closely with manufacturers here in the UK to ensure we can deliver. We have our first sets of interactive resources and worksheets to support CodeBug and introduce programming and physical computing. Our supporting material guarantees no one gets left behind.
- We want CodeBug to be available for everyone. We need your help to get it manufactured so we can get youngsters learning code and electronics with it.
- We've experience of taking products to market before, but CodeBug is different; we want it to belong to everyone. Your backing on Kickstarter will enable us to share the designs so everyone can benefit as soon as possible.
- We want you to make CodeBug a success and help us develop learning resources for the next generation. We want to provide inspiration for youngsters for free and need your help to support this!
- Kickstarter campaign begins
- April Kickstarter campaign ends
- April Orders are confirmed and parts are delivered to manufacturer
- April Manufacture commences
- May Shipping begins
- June Finalisation of educational resources
- July All backers have their rewards
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Risks and challenges
We've got a huge amount of experience creating electronics and teaching kids; the team behind CodeBug is also behind PiFace, the most popular Raspberry Pi add-on boards. We're passionate about the maker community and education. We will not rest until we improve the opportunities for digital creativity for everyone, and of course deliver to our backers. By Kickstarter standards our estimated shipping dates are not far away, but even so, these are conservative estimates. We're confident we'll deliver our first rewards within a month of the Kickstarter campaign finishing. We can do this because we've already put in much of the hard work ensuring the supply chain and manufacturing is in-place. Although no one can plan for all eventualities, our experience of hardware design, volume manufacture and distribution means we feel we've got most things covered.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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