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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

A DIY digital camera designed to teach children about how the tech it uses works has been launched in the US.

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.

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