Six handy touch-sensitive buttons and LEDs for your micro:bit. You can use touch:bit as a controller for games on micro:bit's LED matrix, or combine it with the radio functionality and use it as a controller for your robot.
- 6.6 cm x 3.6 cm x 1.2 cm
- Comes fully-assembled and ready to use
- 6 capacitive touch buttons
- 6 bright white LEDs
- CAP1166 capacitive touch and LED driver
- Compatible with micro:bit
- Microsoft MakeCode and MicroPython support
- No soldering required!
Additional materials needed before we start!
- USB Cable
(Note: touch:bit does not comes with the laptop, cable and micro:bit)
- Create robot, game or menu controller. For example, a controller for games on micro:bit’s LED matrix.
- Create ‘Simon’ or reaction game.
- Combine with radio functionality.
Code touch:bit with the block-based Microsoft MakeCode editor!
Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your first project started:
Step 1: Go to https://makecode.microbit.org/#editor
Step 2: Click ‘Advanced’ then ‘Extensions’.
Step 3: Search “touchbit” then click on the ‘Learn More’.
Step 4: Start coding.
Step 5: Download the code to your micro:bit and you are set to go!
Pros & Cons:
Cost – It does not cost much to purchase one. Just SGD$20 (including GST) and you can get a device that is capable of doing fun projects!
Size – With the palm-sized touch:bit, you can bring it everywhere easily.
Assembly – You will receive it fully-assembled and ready to use with no soldering required.
Software – Microsoft MakeCode and MicroPython support.
Difficulty Level – I would rate the difficulty level 1/5. This product is straight forward and super easy to use. You simply insert the micro:bit into the touch:bit then code with the block-based Microsoft MakeCode editor and you are ready to use!
Target Demographic – Good thing is that, anyone can use it. If you are into coding and love to explore robotics, then this product is perfect for you!
Safety – Sharp edges around the micro:bit slot may not be suitable especially for kids.
Overall, this product is very plain and simple but it keeps you creative by discovering new projects you never thought would be possible. I had fun playing around with the touch:bit. It is definitely worth to buying. Get yours now!
This review was written by Nurfazli Ersyakir from Republic Polytechnic pursuing a diploma in Engineering Design With Business.