FUZE HAS released details of its next educational tool, following the success of the Raspberry Pi-powered Fuzebox, which adds a metal keyboard and interfaces to the diminutive bare-boned board.
The company is targeting existing equipment this time with an add-on box of sensors that supports operating systems including Windows, OS X, iOS, Android and Linux in an attempt to save schools having to fork out for new kit.
The box is designed to teach kids the joy of coding, and continues the use of Fuze Basic, described as a bridge between Scratch and Python, to program anything you can imagine using the sensors, which include heat, humidity, light, pressure, infrared, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer and GPS, as well as a camera, microphone and speaker.
It's essentially an educational prototype that could allow a child (or an adult for that matter) to create the code for the next big IoT device and then set about building it for real.
Eight programmable buttons are included that can be used to power the sensor controls or as a game controller if you've created the next Candy Crush Saga.
All the software is also included, so you can get started straight away regardless of the platform on which you're working. It's ideal for schools or user groups that have already invested in a particular type of computer and don't want to start again but want to have the demonstrable real-world application of coding.
The Fuzebox is currently running as a Kickstarter campaign with offerings ranging from Fuze Basic download licences at £10, a basic Fuzebox for £60 and entire classroom-size bundles starting at £1,200.
The original Fuze is still available starting at £69.99, although we're rather smitten by the T2-SE which has been made to look like a BBC Model B for that retro chic appeal.
The BBC is one of many organisations to have launched educational devices in recent months. The BBC Micro:bit was given to a million school children this year, but the Fuzebox takes things to an entirely different level. µ
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