Develop real-world interactive physical computing applications using the Micro:bit with more than 100 MicroPython examples with circuit diagrams

Key Features

  • Explore hardware programming and leverage the power of the BBC Micro:bit and MicroPython
  • Build real-life creative projects step by step with each chapter increasing in complexity and interactivity
  • Learn the features of the Micro:bit and how to interface it with electronic components through circuits and code examples

Book Description

This book is a one-stop guide for learning BBC Micro:bit with MicroPython, exploring many hardware components and programming techniques to provide detailed insights into developing practical applications with the Micro:bit. It will also show you how hardware components can be manipulated using a combination of Micro:bit and MicroPython for developing practical projects. BBC Micro:bit in Practice will help you gain a holistic understanding of the BBC Micro:bit platform and MicroPython programming, guiding you through mini projects aimed at developing practical knowledge of circuit design and writing programs. You'll learn how to write programs for working with built-in LEDs and buttons, interfacing external LEDs, buttons, motors, buzzers, and much more. You'll also work with built-in radio, speakers, accelerometer, and a compass. You'll dive into concepts related to the Micro:bit filesystem, interfacing external displays, and working with libraries in detail before exploring sewable circuits and wearable technology.

After reading this Micro:bit book, you'll understand how to apply principles in electronics and MicroPython to create interesting real-life projects from scratch.

What you will learn

  • Explore the essentials of the BBC Micro:bit, its hardware specifications, and versions
  • Program built-in and external LEDs and buttons
  • Program external LED-based displays, buzzers, and stepper motors
  • Use analog input and pulse width modulation to drive a servo motor
  • Detect gestures with internal sensors such as accelerometer, compass, and magnetometer
  • Work on projects with built-in features such as music, speech, radio, and filesystem
  • Explore the advanced features of the Micro:bit

Who this book is for

This book is for anyone who wants to use the combination of MicroPython and the BBC Micro:bit for building exciting real-life projects. Engineers, researchers, hobbyists, and technology instructors working in areas such as embedded systems, electronics, software development, IoT, robotics, teaching, and training will find this book useful for building projects. Prior experience with building basic electronic circuits and any programming language, not necessarily MicroPython, will be helpful.

Table of Contents

  1. BBC Micro:bit in Practice
  2. Contributors
  3. About the author(s)
  4. About the reviewer
  5. Preface
  6. Part 1: Getting Started with the BBC Micro:bit
  7. Chapter 1: Introduction to the BBC Micro:bit
  8. Chapter 2: Setting Up the Micro:bit and Using Code Editors
  9. Chapter 3: Python Programming Essentials
  10. Chapter 4: Advanced Python
  11. Part 2: Programming Hardware with MicroPython
  12. Chapter 5: Built-in LED Matrix Display and Push Buttons
  13. Chapter 6: Interfacing External LEDs
  14. Chapter 7: Programming External Push Buttons, Buzzers, and Stepper Motors
  15. Part 3: Filesystems and Programming Analog I/O
  16. Chapter 8: Exploring the Filesystem
  17. Chapter 9: Working with Analog Input and PWM
  18. Part 4: Advanced Hardware Interfacing and Applications
  19. Chapter 10: Working with Acceleration and Direction
  20. Chapter 11: Working with NeoPixels and a MAX7219 Display
  21. Chapter 12: Producing Music and Speech
  22. Chapter 13: Networking and Radio
  23. Chapter 14: Advanced Features of the Micro:bit
  24. Chapter 15: Wearable Computing and More Programming Environments
  25. Index
  26. Other Books You May Enjoy