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Voltage, frequency and Temperature panel meters with the Murata Nano Meters:- large bright display housed in a rugged polycarbonate case http://bit.ly/2inmhbi
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Redeem a Mystery Board: a Raspberry Pi 3, BeagleBone Black, or an Arduino Uno PLUS free e14 Swag and a CodeBug to give as a gift! http://bit.ly/2irqFX1
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The Sierra Wireless EM & MC Series offer unprecedented LTE speeds, bandwidth, and network performance on PCI Express Mini Card (MC Series) and M.2 (EM Series) form factors commonly used in networking equipment. http://bit.ly/2ittVBo
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Learn more on the #RaspberryPi Compute Module 3, based on BCM2837 with updated IO board and non-eMMC version - offering a very different form factor from the Raspberry Pi SBC along with a significantly extended GPIO interface. http://bit.ly/2jjTF1D
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Raspberry Pi for professional products! I can already think of a few things to do with this, especially with the extended GPIO
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Now available, the heart of the #RaspberryPi in the form of a Compute Module, #RaspberryPi Compute Module 3 to embed in your #project : http://bit.ly/2iyAnnh 
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iMOTION™ Modular Application Design Kit (MADK) Platform from Infineon: Full functioning motor system running in less than 1 hour! http://bit.ly/2j48Xdv
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So, I got #BitByTheBug. I posted something quick on Twitter and G+, and once again, thanks +Farnell element14 for your support!

Before actually showing this to anyone, the best thing would be to test it myself, and see what all the fuss is about. It looks cute, it looks well designed, and the website is pretty well done, but how does all that fit together? The "Hello, world!" application took, literally, less than a minute, and I'm (apparently) an expert in "Hello, world!". I've been cited on Wikipedia's Hello, world! page. Anyway. Details.

So, applications. Having "Hello, world!" written on the tiny screen is pretty cool, but it isn't the most useful application ever. On my sofa, nice and snug, I didn't want to go upstairs and get any components, beside, the cat wouldn't let me get up, so I had to use what I had - just the bug. There is a nice 5x5 LED matrix, so let's use that. My daughter wanted to play a game, something she got for Christmas, with about 20 unicorns on it, and so glaringly pink that even someone as colorblind as me can see it. In order to play, you need a dice.

Easy enough. Connect to the CodeBug website, and start coding! If the button is pressed, then I need to do this. It literally is that simple; drag the "If button A pressed" block. Next, I want to wait until the button is released; while button A pressed, do nothing. Okay, done! Next, I need a random value between one and six, and that is, also, is in a block. The value is then assigned to a variable. And so on, and so on...

Within 5 minutes, I had a working project, something my daughter could use. Want to have a look? The program is in the link.

I added a little more to it, making it a little more exciting; random values are flashed before showing the final result, something you could expect to see if rolling the dice.

Flashing is even easier than programming; press button A, plug the device into a USB port, copy the binary downloaded from the CodeBug site, and copy it onto your CodeBug, detected as a USB device. And away you go.

The good news is that my project was up and running in 5 minutes. The bad news is that I had to play "dress the princess" a few times. Still... Electronics and family, what could be better!

Next step? Get some croc-clips, some components, and maybe their ColourStar. There is just so much you can do with this...
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Love to hear more about this +James A. Langbridge :)
 
I received this cute little thing from +Farnell element14. Now, I received this as a gift to give, meaning I was supposed to give it to someone to get them interested in development, and to share my love for engineering. The problem is, I live in France, and all the documentation is available in English only. So, what do to? Well, I opened it, and I've offered to help the +CodeBug site with translation. After that, I'll go to a few French schools, and see what can be done. 
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