Monday, May 15, 2017

BBC Micro:bit Toothbrush Timer

A few months back I bought a BBC Micro:bit at the Science Centre in Glasgow and it's been fun building apps with the single board device. I thought I'd write a blog entry about the latest project which will be a more permanent installation in our bathroom.

A toothbrush timer!

Kitronik sell an add on board which provides power from a coin cell battery and a piezo buzzer called a Mi:power, they also sell a Mi:power case which is designed to fit around a Micro:bit fitted with the Mi:power. This assembly combined with some code offers a neat toothbrushing timer. By using the display on the front we provide a short countdown - with a little tune through the buzzer. The program show 6 areas of the mouth to brush each for 20 seconds before showing a toothy grin and a finishing tune. Each time the area of the mouth changes it plays a 'level up' style jingle.



Links to the parts:
Mi:power https://www.kitronik.co.uk/5610-mipower-board-for-the-bbc-microbit.html
Mi:power case https://www.kitronik.co.uk/c5611-mipower-case-for-the-bbc-microbit.html

Javascript Code:
Create a new project at https://pxt.microbit.org/, choose the javascript tab and paste this code in.

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