Coding Kits Update

First Coding would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped test the Micro:bit kits we’re developing. Whether you tested the kits to destruction, tried to find bugs in the code or were just happy to receive a parcel to check that the kits survived the journey in the post, thank you so much!

After a summer of refining ideas and reworking code, we have a couple of really nice kit designs that will shortly be going into production. The idea was to develop a case for the BBC Micro:bit that could then have accessories fitted to it. The first is a Morse code kit, a fun little kit that includes a Morse code key to attach to your Micro:bit case as well as the Python code to allow you to tap out your own secret messages. All kits come with fully illustrated instructions and you’re encouraged to play with the code to make it your own.

The second kit to go into production is the Micro:bit Code Breaker kit. In our attempt to create an uncrackable code, we’ve incorporated some of the features into the code for this kit, ensure that any encoded secret messages you send don’t run the risk of being worked out.

It has been a very long road getting here, one which has taught us a great deal about product development. The products have gone through a number of versions and as a result there is a huge collection of prototypes. We’ll have to think of a good idea that puts them to good use.

The Finished Cabinet

Here is the arcade cabinet, powered by a tiny Raspberry Pi Zero in its finished state and I really like the way it turned out. I’ve learnt a great deal during the build process and will be in a better position should I take on a similar build. Although the whole build came in at around ¬£40 (not including the screen), I have learnt that it is worth investing in decent materials to finish off the look of the cabinet.

Raspberry Pi Arcade Cabinet

When trying to work out how to cover the frame cheaply, I actually put the question to a couple of online forums and a number of people suggested self adhesive car vinyl and so this is what I went with. It turned out to be a very wise choice as it’s durable, easy to apply without¬†trapping any air bubbles and does a really good job of hiding any woodworking mistakes. The red edging is simply insulation tape but I think I can find a better alternative.

If you’re considering building your own cabinet but are put off by taking that initial step, I would definitely giving it a try. If I can do it then so can you. We sell raspberry Pi retro gaming kits in our shop here which will get you started.