Downloading Games to the Kittenbot Meowbit – Downloading games to the Kittenbot Meowbit is easy. Let’s walk through the process below.
Step 1 – We now need to make sure that our Kittenbot Meowbit has been booted into the “Bootloader” mode to allow us to upload code onto the Kittenbot Meowbit. Power the Kittenbot Meowbit by connecting a USB cable or a LiPo battery (either, not both) and power on the board using the toggle switch. The toggle switch is item number 3 on the image below.
The “Bootloader” mode is triggered by clicking on the “reset” button once (located on the right hand side of the board, adjacent to the screen). See the image below to identify the location of the reset button on the Kittenbot Meowbit. The Reset button is item number 5 on the image below.
Pressing the reset button twice might boot the board into a pre-loaded game. If that happens click on the “reset” button once again and it will bring you back into the “Bootloader” mode. Here’s what the bootloader mode should look like.
Step 2 – Head over to Makecode Arcade at https://arcade.makecode.com. Make sure you are done with all the programming required. Test your game out on the game simulator provided on the left hand side top of the screen. Make sure everything works as expected before you proceed to copy the code onto the Kittenbot Meowbit. Hit the “Download” button on the right hand side bottom of the Makecode Arcade page (as seen above) to start compiling and downloading the code.
Step 3 – You should now see the a list of boards in front of you as seen above. Choose the “Meowbit” since we own a Kittenbot Meowbit and need Makecode Arcade to provide us a hex file (binary file) for the Meowbit. This should now take you to the next screen as shown below.
Step 4 – You should now see a dialog box asking you to write the binary game file to some disk. If you’ve followed all the steps until now you should now see the Kittenbot Meowbit show up as a new drive on your machine. Confirm the drive by opening up windows explorer and checking out the contents. Once you have confirmed what drive the Meowbit shows up as go ahead, select that drive and let the binary game file get written to the Meowbit.
Step 5 – Reboot the board by clicking on the reset button again and you should now see the game running on the Kittenbot Meowbit. You will need the USB cable connected to the Meowbit to ensure it is powered. You can also purchase a LiPo battery and connect it up to the Meowbit through the JST connector.
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