The BBC showed off the final design for its micro:bit computer this week. The pint-sized computer, which has a Raspberry Pi feel, will be given out to one million schoolchildren in the UK in October of this year, giving them the opportunity to learn how to code at an early age.
From driving water wheels to turning turbines, water has been used as the prime mover of machinery and the powerhouse of industry for many centuries. In ancient times, the forces of flowing water were even harnessed to power the first rudimentary clocks. Now, engineers at Stanford University have created the world’s first water-operated computer. Using magnetized particles flowing through a micro-miniature network of channels, the machine runs like clockwork and is claimed to be capable of performing complex logical operations.
The LightSail solar sail mission has been "paused" due to a software glitch related to a design flaw in the avionics software, which has frozen the onboard computer in a fashion all too familiar to terrestrial technology users.
From the company that brought us Otto, the gif-capturing camera,
comes CHIP, the US$9 computer. Its endowments of 1 gig processing, 4
gig storage, and 512 MB of RAM would only be average, were it not for
the price, and the fact that it's ready-to-go despite its svelte stature
– small enough to fit on a Post-It note. As with Otto, the company is
seeking funding on Kickstarter and is also offering PocketCHIP, an
enclosure to turn CHIP into an affordable smart device with touchscreen