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Adafruit PyBadge LC - MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino

Adafruit PyBadge LC - MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino
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What's the size of a credit card and can run CircuitPython, MakeCode Arcade or Arduino even when you're on a budget? That's right, it's the Adafruit PyBadge LC! We wanted to see how much we could cram into a ​3 3⁄8 × ​2 1⁄8 inch rounded rectangle, to make an all-in-one dev board with a lot of possibilities, and this is what we came up with.

The PyBadge is a compact board, like we said, it's credit card sized. It's powered by our favorite chip, the ATSAMD51, with 512KB of flash and 192KB of RAM. We add 2 MB of QSPI flash for file storage, handy for images, fonts, sounds, or game assets.

This is the Low Cost version of our more fully featured Adafruit PyBadge. We pared down the hardware to make it even more affordable, and you can still use it with MakeCode Arcade, CircuitPython or Arduino! The LC version has the same processor chip, QSPI Flash, on/off switch, buttons, buzzer, light sensor and battery circuit. It does not have Feather headers, JST STEMMA connectors, LIS3DH accelerometer, or optional speaker connection. Instead of 5 NeoPixels there is only one in the center front.

On the front you get a 1.8" 160x128 color TFT display with dimmable backlight - we have fast DMA support for drawing so updates are incredibly fast. There's also 8 silicone-top buttons, they are clicky but have a soft button top so they're nice and grippy. The buttons are arranged to mimic a gaming handheld, with a d-pad, 2 menu-select buttons and 2 fire-action buttons. There's also a NeoPixel LED in the front to dazzle or track activity.

For built in sensoring, there's a light sensor that points out the front. To make bleeps and bloops, there's a built in buzzer-speaker.

Now, how to program it? Well you've got a lot of options!
Here's a list of everything you get
  • ATSAMD51J19 @ 120MHz with 3.3V logic/power - 512KB of FLASH + 192KB of RAM
  • 2 MB of SPI Flash for storing images, sounds, animations, whatever!
  • 1.8" 160x128 Color TFT Display connected to its own SPI port
  • 8 x Game/Control Buttons with nice silicone button tops (these feel great)
  • 1 x NeoPixel for badge dazzle
  • Light sensor, reverse-mount so that it points out the front
  • Built in buzzer mini-speaker
  • LiPoly battery port with built in recharging capability
  • USB port for battery charging, programming and debugging
  • Reset button
  • On-Off switch

Question and answer


The Netherlands
5 stars
Adafruit quality product Fast processor with stereo DAC and two analog-out soldering islands Many soldering islands on the back for QWIC i2c and 2x digital QWIC, but also all connections from Enough memory for serious pixel games Built-in piezo speaker Very nice display with good colors, black values and good viewing angles in 3 directions Credit card size can also be a bit too small.
Great mini console for classroom game development. Screen is a high quality TN screen, almost as good as IPS, viewing angles and black levels are very neat. You can work with Microsoft MakeCode, accessible platform but very limited because if you change the JS code switching back to block code often no longer works, via Python if you like to set the spaces exactly right, or just via the Arduino IDE in C ++ with all Adafruit libraries (recommended way). So you have an Adafruit M4 Express in terms of microcontroller, but with a screen and 8 control buttons and a built-in speaker. And that is cheaper too! So no messing around with SPI, level shifters and breadboards, but go with that banana! If you want something bigger, Kitronik has the exact same platform in a different, bigger package elsewhere on this site under the name Kitronik Arcade. ** remove this: this review is an update of the previous one, screen turned out to be no IPS, and it does have a speaker.
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