With some development boards, low power usage is an afterthought. Especially when price and usability is the main selling point. So what should you do when its time to turn around and make that project of yours run on a battery or solar? Sure you could try to hot-air that regulator off, or you could jerry-rig a relay. Or, use a 555? Ugh, the options aren't that great.
Playing retro games is easy on a Raspberry Pi - and the pocket computer is pretty good at it too! All you need is a little help to connect buttons and a joystick up and you can custom design your own arcade console, desktop or stand-up machine, even just a simple controller box. It makes for a fun weekend project that will last all year. This Adafruit Arcade Bonnet is designed to make small emulator projects a little easier to build. Here's what you can look forward to!
For many microcontrollers, adding audio input is easy with one of our analog microphone breakouts. But as you get to bigger and better microcontrollers and microcomputers, you'll find that you don't always have an analog input, or maybe you want to avoid the noise that can seep in with an analog mic system. Once you get past 8-bit micros, you will often find an I2S peripheral, that can take digital audio data in! That's where this I2S Microphone Breakout comes in.
Arduino is a great starting point for electronics, and with a motor shield it can also be a nice tidy platform for robotics and mechatronics. Here is a design for a full-featured motor shield that will be able to power many simple to medium-complexity projects. Build the kit, and learn how to use it with these detailed instructions.
A physical disability can make it impossible to operate a touchscreen device such as an iPhone or iPad. Commercially available switch control devices can cost several hundred dollars but with the power of Adafruit Bluefruit BLE devices you can build an interface for a fraction of that cost. We show you how in this tutorial.
The NeoPix Arcade Kit is a 1D arcade game system to encourage young programmers to code. The NeoPix Arcade Kit comes with a preprogrammed Circuit Playground that includes our 1D Pong Game to immediately start exploring basic game programming concepts on the Circuit Playground. The Circuit Playground Board has a host of sensors to create a variety of handheld electronic gaming projects.
Add motion, direction and orientation sensing to your Arduino project with this all-in-one 9-DOF sensor. Inside the chip are three sensors, one is a classic 3-axis accelerometer, which can tell you which direction is down towards the Earth (by measuring gravity) or how fast the board is accelerating in 3D space. The other is a 3-axis magnetometer that can sense where the strongest magnetic force is coming from, generally used to detect magnetic north. The third is a 3-axis gyroscope that can measure spin and twist. By combining this data you can REALLY orient yourself.
Once you have mastered the basic blinking leds, simple sensors and buzzing motors, it’s time to move on to bigger and better projects. That usually involves combining bits and pieces of simpler sketches and trying to make them work together. The first thing you will discover is that some of those sketches that ran perfectly by themselves, just don’t play well with others. There are ways to effectively juggle multiple tasks on an Arduino. This series of guides will show you how.
This guide will use the capacitive touch pads on the Circuit Playground Express and the capacitive properties of fruit to create a full scale tone piano. We will write the code using CircuitPython to use each of the touch pads to light up the Neopixels in a different color and play a different tone through the onboard speaker.
Single Step JTAG Debugging is here and stable for the Arduino. Adafruit's Feather M0 line not only provides 5x the clock speed and 8x the storage of recent Arduino's, but they now have the ability to talk to a debugger. This tutorial will show you how to make a simple FeatherWing PCB and connect to it from MacOS / OS/X.
Here's a Soviet themed launch-code box, complete with missile switch covered toggles, a Feather with red 14-segment display for the countdown timer, and stress-inducing piezo buzzer. Use it for an escape room, prop, or wedding proposal. Your players, or potential spouse-to-be, will need to enter the correct five-switch sequence to defuse the device before all is lost. (Note: this project is a harmless prop, not an actual bomb.)