Microsoft Garage Interns just released a simulator for the Adafruit CLUE and BBC micro:bit #CLUE #microbit @Adafruit @MSFTGarage

Microsoft Garage Interns are excited to announce that the Device Simulator Express, a Microsoft Garage project, now includes support for the Adafruit CLUE and the BBC micro:bit! The VS code extension, originally released last summer with support for the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, and now with two more supported boards, is an even better tool to program microcontrollers—with or without the physical devices.

Garage Interns build projects in response to challenges from engineering teams at Microsoft; their sponsor asked them to expand the original Garage project to the BBC micro:bit, which has gained massive popularity in the UK and beyond. After they released this version update, they learned that Adafruit was planning to give away their new CLUE device at PyCon 2020, and the team set out to add support for this circuit board as well.

PyCon 2020 may be canceled, but with this tool, anyone can try out the CLUE via the VS code extension for free. The team would love to hear your feedback as they and their sponsors continue to improve upon this new experience!

Read the full story behind Device Simulator Express on the Microsoft Garage Blog.

Device Simulator Express allows developers to use industry-like tools to program and simulate circuit boards. This is a great way to learn more about CircuitPython and get a preview of professional developer tools such as VS Code.

Key features include:

  • Device simulation for those without hardware
  • Code deployment to devices
  • Auto-completion and error flagging
  • Integrated Python debugging for the simulator
  • Template file generation
  • Serial monitor (available on Windows and Mac only)
  • Getting started mode
  • Support for the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, BBC micro:bit, and Adafruit CLUE

Whether you have a little more downtime right now, are trying to pick up a new skill, or are looking for new ways to engage kids and students, we hope you try out Device Simulator Express.

You can download the free extension in the Visual Studio Marketplace. The Microsoft Garage Intern team would love to hear your feedback on GitHub.

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