What has six legs, 25 LEDs, a Microchip CPU, can be sewn into clothing, and even plugged into a Raspberry Pi? The answer, it turns out, is the CodeBug–a low cost computer board aimed at the educational market. These board were crowdfunded and are now available for general purchase. [Mike Redrobe] took one of the boards, connected a few servos and used the CodeBug’s Scratch-like language to create a small robot.
You can see the robot in the video below. Programs download via USB (the board looks like a USB drive). You can also send commands over USB to operate in tether mode, or you can directly plug the board into a Raspberry Pi.
One interesting feature is the web site development environment. In addition to offering a repository for sharing and forking projects, it also allows live emulation of a program so you can see what your code will do on a little graphic of a CodeBug right on the web page. Another thing we liked was the ability to view your code in blocks (like the picture to the right) or as traditional code.