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[Danish] Micro:bit driftstemperatur
Dec 2nd, 2020 by miki

Endnu en, af de heldigvis mere sjældne, forvildelser ind på Facebook, som førte til en tur omkring Micro:bit-platformen, og nogle detaljer omkring dens hardware og manglende specifikationer.

Spørgsmål:

Et lidt underligt spørgsmål måske, men er der nogen der har gjort sig erfaringer med Micro:bit i frostvejr – Er den stabil, og kan den starte op i f.eks. -20 grader ?
Jeg har googlet – men søgeresultatet på de relevante søgning er temmelig forurenet af at der jo er en indbygget temperatursensor…

Svar:

Ja, det ser da lidt underligt ud. Der er ikke opgivet nogen driftstemperatur (“oprarating temperature”) eller for så vidt opbevaringstemperatur (“storage temperature”) i specifikationerne for hverken V1.5 (https://tech.microbit.org/hardware/1-5-revision/) eller V2 (https://tech.microbit.org/hardware/).

En søgning i dokumentationens git-arkiv bekræfter at der kun nævnes noget om temperaturer når den indbyggede sensor i nRF-SoC’en omtales (https://github.com/microbit-foundation/dev-docs/search?q=temperature+&type=). Ligeledes bruges ordet “operating” kun om spænding, strøm og system (=OS) (https://github.com/microbit-foundation/dev-docs/search?q=operating&type=).

Så den oplysning er Micro:bit Foundation åbenbart ikke særligt vilde med at dele, hvilket tyder på at det ikke har været en prioritet under design og produktion (hvilket er forståeligt nok for et ikke-industrielt stykke undervisningsmateriale). Så du skal nok under alle omstændigheder ikke forvente en konsistent oplevelse.

Hvis man skulle give et kvalificeret bud, kunne man kigger på hovedkomponenternes specificerede driftstemperaturer, hvilket i hvert fald siger noget om de øvre og nedre grænser, men komponenternes komplekse interaktioner med hinanden (mekanisk, termisk, elektrisk) i det færdige produkt har selvfølgelig betydning for de endelige grænser.

V1.5:

V2:

Det giver da et fingerpeg, god fornøjelse med fryseren ;).

Micro:bit – Official Android mobile application maturity and future
Jan 31st, 2019 by miki

The support request replicated below was posted as ticket #20427 on Micro:bit support on 2019-01-31 22:19 CET spawned by discussion in F-Droid RFP #662 about inclusion of the official Micro:bit Android Companion application in the free software application store F-Droid.

Hi at Micro:bit Educational Foundation.

We are wondering a bit in the F-Droid free software community (https://gitlab.com/fdroid/rfp/issues/662) whether it is worthwhile for us to try to loosen the official Android companion application (https://microbit.org/guide/mobile/#og-app) from its non-free dependencies to make it available in the free software application store F-Droid (https://f-droid.org/).

This leads to a couple of questions you can hopefully help answering;

1) Do you regard the application as alive and supported?

The latest release of the application was v2.0 2017-01-17 (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.microbit) and the publicly available code base (https://github.com/Samsung/microbit/) seems to have been completely abandoned. Only two commits were ever made by Samsung and no involvement with the community has been seen at all.

2) How come the big difference in maturity between the iOS and Android mobile applications?

It seems like the iOS application has received some more attention seeing regular updates through to v3.0.2 released 2018-11-01 (https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/micro-bit/id1092687276?mt=8). Also it appears to have a much wider fetaureset (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.samsung.microbit&reviewId=gp%3AAOqpTOGpgo4CF2qrry4qWqLXyj0TZaEEJcrTB-yZ61o4nJbqhq-2mBojlYQJP7BzdkAzseGaLD1sVO9fBv1R3sY) developed along the way by Insight Resources (http://www.insightresources.co.uk/microbit/index.html).

The Android application appears to have been more of a one-off project from Samsung having all sorts of issues especially with Bluetooth that has never been attended to (http://www.suppertime.co.uk/blogmywiki/2016/04/mobile-microbit/, https://support.microbit.org/support/solutions/articles/19000041104-diagnosing-bluetooth-problems-android).

3) Is there a plan to bring the application in better shape?

Some activity can be seen in repository forks and branches from the original Samsung committer ailrohit (https://github.com/Samsung/microbit/compare/master…ailrohit:school_project) and microbit-sam (https://github.com/Samsung/microbit/compare/master…microbit-sam:partial-flash) identifying as being from the foundation but none of this work seem to be included in releases yet.

4) If a freed fork is made for inclusion in F-Droid would you be willing and able to integrate the changes into the official sources?

F-Droid prefers an upstream source which can be directly built without non-free dependencies using an appropriate set of build options. This greatly simplifies maintenance and build efforts. A forked repository is already in place at the foundation’s Github organization (https://github.com/microbit-foundation/microbit-android) but is at the moment even with the stale Samsung repository.

Thanks for any clarifications you can provide.

Regards,
Mikkel

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