Cortex Programming Software

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**Please use the Download Instructions for Windows and OS X tab above to guide you through the process of downloading and installing Cortex**

**For OS X (Mac) users, the upgrade to Catalina OS brought some security changes to the software installation process. Please answer YES to all security prompts to allow successful installation**

The Cortex™ software application powers The Brain robotic controller. With user-friendly, drag and drop programming, Cortex is intuitive and fun for the beginner, and sufficiently robust and versatile for the advanced robotics student. Color coded functionality, annotated user tips, and logical user interface make Cortex easy to learn and master. Use Cortex with tablets to take advantage of the virtual controls and virtual sensors. When used with Bluetooth enabled devices, programming code created on the Cortex can be communicated wirelessly with The Brain™ controller, through the use of a cloud-based code compiler (internet connectivity required).

Based on the Arduino programming language, Cortex software is compatible with Windows, OS X, iOS and Android operating systems. Use the Cortex on your PC, Mac, iPad or Android tablet.

Basic requirements:
Windows 7 or later
OS X 10.5 or later
iOS 7.0 or later
Android 2.3 or later

Grades 4+

Choose the version of Cortex appropriate for your operating system above. You will then add it you your cart and go through the process of "purchasing" it. You are merely carrying out the download process. Cortex is free and you will not be asked for payment information.

Upon placing an order for the free download, you will receive a download link for the software products you have selected. This link will also be emailed to you. Click on the link and follow the installation instructions provided by your operating system.

If you are using a tablet, please refer to the Android and iOS tabs above for the appropriate downloads of Cortex.

Download the Cortex™ programming software for free! This software is for controlling the PCS Brain version 5.0 and up.

Cortex for Android

Requirements: Android 2.3 or later
*Connect your dongle through the bluetooth settings on your tablet

Please note: Cortex for mobile applications is for tablet devices only, not smart phones.

Download the Cortex™ programming software for free! This software is for controlling the PCS Brain version 5.0 and up.

Cortex for iOS

Requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
*Connect your dongle through the Cortex software. 

Connection Instructions:

  • Remove the BLE dongle from The Brain and note the number on the back of the dongle. Reinsert the BLE dongle.
  • Launch the Cortex and login with your user information.
  • Click on the status tab icon to open the status bar window at the bottom of your screen.
  • Click on the BLE icon in the lower left hand corner of the Status window.
  • Select the correct number, e.g. PCS-BLE-007, from the list of displayed dongles. This number needs to match the number you noted in step 1.

Your status window should update and show LINKED as the new status. You are connected and ready to program.

* If you cannot connect your Brain, refer to the troubleshooting page in the Brain and Cortex User Guide or the Brain & Cortex FAQ guide in the tab above

Please note:  Cortex for mobile applications is for tablet devices only, not smart phones.

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