Bigshot DIY camera helps kids learn tech basics

Bigshot Camera

Bigshot Camera

The BBC has recently reported that A DIY digital camera designed to teach children about how the tech it uses works has been launched in the USA.

Owners of Bigshot’s device need to assemble its parts in a specific sequence to make it work. An online guide explains the science behind them.

It has been developed by a US computer science professor who used funds from Google and the US Department of Defense to develop the kit.

He aims to offer an alternative to other programming-focused projects.

“It’s about getting kids’ hands dirty,” Bigshot’s creator, Prof Shree Nayar, told the BBC. “In an age when software rules I want kids to know how to build hardware.

“We describe concepts that children would normally encounter at college, but try to make them accessible even to an 8 or 10 year old.

Owners of the camera must assemble its parts in the correct order to make it work

“That’s where a lot of our effort has gone in – to try and make things like image processing, electronics and display technology understandable at some level to younger kids.”

The camera features a hand crank to allow owners to take pictures when its battery runs out, and a rotatable wheel featuring three different lenses to let owners choose between regular, panoramic and 3D shots.

To bring the product to market, Prof Nayar has licensed the design to Hong Kong-based manufacturer EduScience which will pay him royalties on its sales.

He plans to use part of the cash to send Bigshot cameras to underprivileged children around the globe.

Read the full article on the BBC here.

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