Who are we?
Innovate the education industry by teaching children core STEM skills in a fun and rewarding way – through the line of 8BitCADE Consoles!
These are DIY kits that formulate to create fun and exciting hand-held gaming consoles – used for both entertainment and learning.
We utilize the Arduino platform to make learning programming fun, exciting and rewarding. Learn both programming and game development with 8BitCADE.
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Check out the kickstarter page for an indepth look into the 8BitCADE XL!
Thanks to these people here:
We raised £12,305, which was 205% over our goal! Thanks to these amazing people below, all 154 of them!
Ralf Michael Yap
Earl Campbell III
Dr. Mathias Wilhelm
Mohammad Hassan Hsh
Simon van Tol
Adam Del Conte
Candra N. Murphy
Hit Point Press
Who am i?
Hi! I’m Jack Daly and I am a student & founder of 8BitCADE. Ever since I was young I’ve had a keen interest in anything electronic. I have a passion for design, programming, electronics – but also for retro games and consoles.
The 8BitCADE is my retro passion packaged in a compact, fun and exciting console – providing endless hours of entertainment. I love that I can play games from all over the world, and learn from one of the greatest gaming communities – Arduboy!
Previously, my love for retro consoles took me to something with a larger form factor! I designed an arcade machine with a twist. The casing was made of recycled coffee grounds as I partnered with an international coffee brand.
During my early stages of learning Arduino, I tinkered with a range of mini-projects. From a machine which gave gifts to young children if they solved math problems, to a smart fish tank system that maintained your tank and fed your fish!
I’ve also dabbled in educational courses. I’ve helped deliver robotics and electronics courses using Arduino, a build your own Arcade Machine course (in which the arcade machine was designed by myself and a colleague beforehand) and published my own Udemy course online about the basics of Adobe Illustrator – in which I have taught over 10,000 students! Check it out, it’s free!
My latest project is 8BitCADE.
I’ve been developing 8BitCADE XL for 6 months now and am now ready to take it to the next level with the help of you! I am exceptionally pleased to be able to present my contribution to the world of makers, learners and gamers as I feel the 8BitCADE is a product of a great deal of community work.
8BitCADE started in 2019 with the 8BitCADE. This was a small handheld gaming console that was used to run a short after school activity at my school – driven by myself and a colleague. It was used to educate students about electronics, programming and PCB design.
The console created for makers, by makers
The 8BitCADE XL is inspired by the brilliant people over at the Arduboy Community. Many of the games on the 8BitCADE XL were created by the community – such as your favourite retro game titles like Virus, Circuit Dude and Donkey Kong.
The Arduboy has a large community of makers, programmers and 8-bit game enthusiasts, created by the great Kevin Bates. It’s the perfect community to help new programmers prosper and I’m excited to introduce 8BitMakers to the expertise of the Arduboy Community, allowing them to learn, grow and program within an established community.
The 8BitCADE Loader is based on the work of the talented Mr Blinky. Because of his hard work, the 8BitCADE XL can also be integrated easily with any Arduboy game using the helpful HomeMade Arduboy Package.