Microcontrollers are placed in any device that provides an interaction. All technologies of everyday use such like microwaves, remote controllers, cell phones, digital cameras. They are small computers, which have all the elements of any other computer, such like CPU, RAM or a hard disk. They can be connected to normal desktop computers as well and work with them. The main difference is, the microcontroller has a main purpose and isn’t accustomed to many various processes, such like the desktop computer.
I think it’s important to have at least a basic knowledge about the microprocessors, as they run most of the tools that we use in the everyday life. In our workshop, we had a chance to try out one of the Littlebits kits, based on modular electronic elements, attached together by small magnets, they come into an interaction with each other, giving an experience of a basic electronic structure. It’s up to the creator what he comes up with. The structure could end up as an alarm, remotely controlled car or a light. A bigger number of sets and Littlebits particles result1 in more creative options. I think it was an interesting experience. While this kit is a perfect start for the beginners and kids to experiment with this technology, there’s a more advanced version of this electronic set called Arduino. I didn’t have much time to experience it properly, but I learned that it consists of a microcontroller and a piece of software, providing a more complex idea of how the electronics work. It also requires some coding skills to make our device work the way we want it to.