CodeBug

Today’s Gadget is a board that was created with the aim of promoting the taste for programming among the young people and that had a campaign of Kickstarter. It is a small board called CodeBug.

CodeBug_drawing
CodeBug_drawing

This board has the following characteristics:

  • Microchip PIC18F micro-controller with USB support
  • 25 red LEDs arranged in matrix
  • 6 external connection points with 4 I / O pins including analog, power and GND
  • Power via microUSB or Batteries
  • CR2032 Battery Holder
  • Technology Smart Sleep
  • Expansion port with 4 I / O pins (Configurable as UART, SPI or I2C)
  • Simple programming via Blocky - drap-n-drop programming in browser.
  • 2 input buttons

This board costs about € 20 in the campaign.

In order to use the card it is sufficient to have a USB cable with microUSB connector. The programming is done in browser, accessing the site of codebug.

getting-started-create-button
getting-started-code-myfirstprogram

You can also see the code in the Code Viewer:

codebug_direction('U');
codebug_sleepafter(3);
io_configure(0, 1);
io_configure(1, 1);
io_configure(2, 1);
io_configure(3, 1);
io_configure_pullup(0, 0);
io_configure_pullup(2, 0);
io_configure_pullup(3, 0);


fivebyfivedisplay.sprite_scroll((new StringSprite('altLab!', 'R')), 100, 'L');

Once you have done the program you can download it by pressing the button of Download.

codebug-plugin

Following this step, ensure that when the USB cable is connected, you press button A.
This operation will make the device in a PEN Drive exposing it to your computer.

codebug-load

At this point the downloaded file with the extension “cbg” should be copied to the “Codebug” Drive.

codebug-loaded-reset

Then press Button B to execute the program.

Now it’s time to start writing programs …

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