KittenBot Meowbit - Codable Console for MakeCode Arcade

  • Description-


    From the creative and cat-lovin' engineers at KittenBot comes the Meowbit - a handheld retro gaming computer for coding your own games with MakeCode Arcade and MicroPython. This design is really fun, with a GameBoy-like shape that can plug into micro:bit expansion boards. The built in display is a 160x128 color 1.8" TFT screen with the familiar ST7735 chipset over SPI. You also get 8 buttons (4-way D-Pad, A and B, menu and reset) to make games or interface with, and there's also a built-in speaker and SD card. For inputs there's a bunch of sensors including a light sensor, temperature sensor and even a 6-DoF gyro+accelerometer.

    The micro:bit-familiar edge connector opens up access to many micro:bit expansion boards, but please note that the Meowbit isn't a micro:bit, it uses a different chipset (STM32) and does not have wireless or bluetooth. However, it is a great portable game platform for both Arcade and MicroPython (and you could probably get it working with Arduino or other C platforms, pretty easily!)

    Check out these cool features:

    • STM32F401 Cortex M4 CPU with native USB support
    • USB program download port / charging port with USB drag-n-drop bootloader (UF2)
    • Li-Poly charging circuitry and charging indicator LED. Lipoly battery not included, please pick one up separately.
    • 160 x 128 TFT color screen
    • 4 x Direction buttons, A + B Buttons, menu/boot mode button, reset button
    • Light sensor
    • Temperature sensor
    • MPU6050 gyroscope
    • On-off power switch
    • 2 x Programmable LEDs
    • Buzzer
    • SD card slot 
    • Headphone "JACDAC" Multiplayer Connector (this is not a headphone audio port!)
    • 2 MB SPI-flash (default download unicode character table)
    • Edge connectors compatible with micro:bit
    • Silicone cover

    Note: We have Meowbit in blue and orange, but the selection is random per order. We can't change which one you get!

  • Technical Details+

    Technical Details

    • MCU: STMicro STM32F401RET6 Arm Cortex M4 micro-controller
    • Storage:
      • 2MB SPI flash to store Unicode character table (default)
      • SD card slot to store programs or extend wireless modules
    • Display: 160 x 128 full-color TFT LCD
    • Sensors: Light sensor, temperature sensor, MP6050 gyroscope
    • USB: 1 x micro USB port for power and programming
    • Expansion: 40-pin BBC micro:bit “gold edge finger” connector
    • Charging/work LED, 2x user LED, power switch, reset button, DFU mode button, 4x direction buttons, A/B buttons, buzzer, multiplayer connector (15)
    • Power Supply: 5V via USB, or 3.7~4.2V via a Lithium battery pack; output current: 500mA (max); operating voltage: 3.3VDimensions: 52 x 76 x 12 mm