Electronics kits maker Kitronik has launched a new product aimed at increasing the use of Bluetooth technology in Design and Technology lessons within UK secondary schools.
The Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier Kit can be used to build a Bluetooth-enabled speaker capable of playing music from students’ own phones and tablets, offering a more personalised learning experience.
This standalone kit follows Kitronik’s work as part of the BBC micro:bit consortium which was set up to increase tech skills in the UK.
Kitronik Director Kevin Spurr said: “Through our involvement in the BBC micro:bit project we understand that pupils become more interested in D&T, electronics and coding when they create a finished product which they can use every day and which enables them to use their existing tech, such as their phone, tablet or laptop.
“We created the Bluetooth Stereo Amplifier Kit so students have the opportunity to improve their essential skills, such as soldering and product design, and also have a physical product for their personal daily use.”
The kit includes:
- 3W audio amplifier with Bluetooth link (based on a fully CE compliant module).
- Enables music to be played from a phone, tablet or computer wirelessly.
- Simple user interface, via single on / off switch.
- Auto reconnect or enters pairing mode on power up.
- LED and sounds indicate status information such as pairing status.
- Optional connection point for additional off board LED.
- Can be powered from a 1A micro USB supply or LiPo battery (both available separately).
- Includes automatic LiPo charging for battery capacities between 400mAh to 1000mAh.
- Speakers supplied unconnected allowing cable lengths and cable routing to be personalised to specific enclosure designs.