Try Before You Buy!
You can start making now, without a BrainPad, thanks to the online simulator.
Get Started By Connecting the BrainPad Arcade
To get going with the BrainPad Arcade you will be programming it to show a pizza sprite on the screen. Go ahead and plug the BrainPad Arcade into your computer and follow the steps below.
Next Build the Program
Go to https://arcade.makecode.com/ and click on start a new project (where the large plus sign is).
Then, click on Sprites and then drag the Set sprite block to the green “on start” block on the main screen. Change the sprite to whatever you like from the gallery or draw your own.
If the simulator is not “playing”, click the play button and now you will see the sprite you added in the middle of the simulator’s screen.
Prepare the BrainPad
After you connected the BrainPad Arcade earlier, your PC should have detected a new drive, called “ARCADE-F4”. If it didn’t, press reset on the board and then it will. Every time you press reset the board will cycle between the mode to load files, if connected to a PC.
Download the Program
Click download and save the file on the “ARCADE-F4” drive. The Green light will flash for a moment and the BrainPad will make the same sound you heard on the computer earlier. If you are using the Chrome browser, it is possible to sync the board so the file will download automatically to your board.
If you are using the Chrome browser, you may get prompted to sync your device. This will allow to you to download the file directly onto the device.
Online Coding That Works Offline!
The main programming surface for the BrainPad is powered by Microsoft MakeCode and works online. No accounts to create, nothing to install. However, once the programming surface is loaded the first time, it is stored in your browser’s cache. This means that the second time you try to visit the programming surface, an internet connection is optional.