Saturday, 29 April 2017
Pokitto Programmable Gaming Gadget
Pokitto is a mini games console that children can assemble themselves and then program in a web browser.
Pokitto doesn't require soldering, it does need simple assembly which means that kids get to see what's inside. (You can choose a pre-assembled version instead.) It has a high-speed colour screen to give a good gaming experience. There's a built-in speaker and a headphone jack for sound.
Pokitto uses an ARM micro-controller (rather than being based on a desktop platform) and can be programmed in a web browser. The hardware is similar to what you would find in IoT devices, 3D printers, drones, etc and it has processing capability similar to retro computers such as the Gameboy Colour.
Pokitto will use the online mBED programming toolchain (C/C++). Example programs, instructions and tutorials will be made available. Offline programming with an IDE is also possible.
Programs are transferred via a USB cable and drivers are not needed. Pokitto has a rechargeable LiPo battery which is very convenient.
Pokitto also allows additional hardware to be connected so you can integrate motors, servos and sensors into projects.
Pokitto looks like a great way for kids and beginners to develop industry-relevant skills while having a lot of fun.
Checkout the Pokitto Kickstarter campaign.
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