Kitronik ARCADE plus batteries
Develop your coding skills with the Kitronik ARCADE, a fully featured programmable gamepad for use with the MakeCode Arcade block editor.
Education:The emphasis for MakeCode Arcade is Education and there are a wealth of resources available on the MakeCode Arcade website to facilitate this. There are; guided tutorials that walk you through creating simple games, more complex games that you can open and learn from, games written by community members that you can learn from, game concepts tutorials, tutorials that explore graphics and Maths, lesson plans, CS courses, printable coding cards for the classroom, video tutorials, and much more!
The Kitronik ARCADE has been specifically designed to offer the perfect platform for running these games. It's packed full of features and has been ergonomically designed for comfort and ease of use. It features a full colour LCD wide viewing angle screen, a piezo sounder for audio feedback, a vibration motor for haptic feedback, 6 gamer input buttons, a menu button, a reset button and an on/off switch. Everything you need for the perfect gaming experience. It also features a software volume control, a USB programming port, and 2 expansion ports for the expert level users.
The ARCADE can be powered by either 3xAA batteries or via the micro USB connector, with the battery holders located on the rear of the PCB. The three battery holders have been positioned to also act as hand grips for maximum comfort and control when gaming.
Here be dragons:And for the advanced user, we have 2 expansion ports and a debugging port. The expansion ports give you direct access to the microprocessor pins and the debug port allows you to customise the bootloader code. For more information, please see the last page of the datasheet and our GitHub repository. Permanent damage can happen here, so don't venture in unless you've trained your dragon.
- The Kitronik ARCADE is a feature packed handheld gamepad for use with the Microsoft Arcade editor.
- Use the wealth of educational material available to create a game from the ground up or tweak existing code and learn the open source way.
- It features a full colour LCD wide viewing angle screen.
- It has a piezo sounder for audio feedback.
- Make use of the vibration motor for haptic feedback.
- It also features; 6 gamer input buttons, a menu button, a reset button and an on/off switch.
- There is also a software volume control, a USB programming port, and 2 expansion ports for the expert level users.
- The ARCADE can be powered by either 3xAA batteries or via the micro USB connector.
- 1 x ARCADE for MakeCode Arcade gamepad.
- Laser cut protective case parts and fixings.
- Length: 155mm.
- Width (Max): 60mm.
- Height (Max): 28.3mm.
- Access countless hours of tutorials, lesson plans and more at the MakeCode Arcade website.
This product is designed and manufactured in the UK by Kitronik.
|Operating Voltage (Vcc)||3xAA – Alkaline or NiMH/NiCad (3.6-4.5V) or USB (typically 5V).|
|LCD screen resolution||160 x 128.|
|LCD screen size||1.77 inch (diagonal).|
|Typical Current Draw||Approx. 80mA (depending on use).|
|Typical Battery life (based on 3xAA 1500mAh batteries)||Approx. 20 hours (depending on use).|
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Thank you for your question, you would start by creating a code on the make code editor on the link below. Click new project and create your code in there. Then click download and click on the option that says Kitronik Arcade. It will take a moment but it will then create a .uf2 file. Connect your arcade to your PC with a micro USB and then drag the file onto the Arcade that should appear as a USB device and that will load the code you have created onto the Arcade.
Thank you for your question, in theory yes you could, but not trivially. You could in theory connect additional memory to the expansion ports and then recode the boot loader but it would be a pretty involved change.
Apologies for the delay in replying, it took me a little while to work out the way it worked. In the programme you need to add the controller extension and in that extension there is a vibrate function that you can use.
Thank you for your question, Python is in Beta for the platform and is being developed by microsoft. Our kit should be compatible but we will have to see what the situation is when python based codes are released by microsoft.
Thank you for your question, the board has 512K Flash, 192K of S-RAM. If you need to know the processor is a SAMD51J19NUT processor.
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