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). 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.

Your computer will now generate a sound through the BrainPad simulator. You are now in charge of the buzzer.

Then 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, and running your program, if there is a program loaded.

Finally 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.

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.