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Here's what the BBC's free computer can actually do

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In a few months time, a million or so 11-year-olds in Britain will receive a free computer.

The Micro:bit is designed to show kids that computers aren't just consumer devices, but also tools for creativity. It's being distributed by the BBC which launched this video today, explaining how the device might be used.

The project is part of the BBC Computer Literacy Program and is being sponsored by various corporate partners, which have carried most of the machine's development costs.

The Micro:bit carries 25 programmable LEDs as well as two controller buttons and an accelerometer, all of which can be used for a variety of imaginative functions, some of which are detailed in the video.