Micro:bit launches first update to popular coding device

The BBC micro:bit pocket-sized computer has unveiled its first major update since appearing four years ago.

The affordable device was launched in 2016 with the aim of helping children learn to code and better understand how technology works.

The Micro:bit Educational Foundation says that the mini-computer has now supported as estimated 25 million children in 60 countries around the world.

An updated version will launch in November, at the same price as the original. Updates include a built-in speaker and microphone, hardware upgrades that will make it possible to explore, understand, and experiment with artificial intelligence and machine learning, double the amount of flash storage, four times the speed, and eight times the RAM.

All the existing lessons and code for the original micro:bit will be compatible with the new device.

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