Overview

Sometimes folks need help doing the simple things that most of us take for granted - that's where Assistive Technology comes into play.  For example, ATMakers recently had a college student reach out and ask for help getting her professor's attention in class.

The problem was she has Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and couldn't raise her hand.  So, we created this small Trinket-powered device that attaches to her laptop or tablet and lights up when she wants to participate!

Along the way, we found a fantastic way to control CircuitPython code using nothing more than the USB cord and Windows, Mac or Linux scripts loaded on the Trinket itself.

Parts List

This project requires just two parts and some 3D printing filament.  You'll need a Trinket M0 microcontroller and a good USB Cable.  Make sure you've got a data cable, not a charge-only cable, as this project will send data over the USB interface.

For the filament, you'll need a translucent style that allows light to pass through the faceplate.  The Natural Translucent PLA listed below is great.  For the other pieces, you can use the same filament or something opaque like the "ATMakers Green" filament we chose.

Adafruit Trinket M0 - for use with CircuitPython & Arduino IDE

PRODUCT ID: 3500
The Adafruit Trinket M0 may be small, but do not be fooled by its size! It's a tiny microcontroller board, built around the Atmel ATSAMD21, a little chip with a lot...
$8.95
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USB cable - USB A to Micro-B

PRODUCT ID: 592
This here is your standard A to micro-B USB cable, for USB 1.1 or 2.0. Perfect for connecting a PC to your Metro, Feather, Raspberry Pi or other dev-board or...
$2.95
IN STOCK

PLA Filament for 3D Printers - 1.75mm Natural Translucent - 1KG

PRODUCT ID: 2451
Having a 3D printer without filament is sort of like having a regular printer without paper or ink.  And while a lot of printers come with some filament there's a good chance...
OUT OF STOCK

PLA Filament for 3D Printers - 3mm Diameter - Green - 1KG

PRODUCT ID: 2151
Having a 3D printer without filament is sort of like having a regular printer without paper or ink.  And while a lot of printers come with some filament there's a good...
OUT OF STOCK
This guide was first published on Jun 25, 2019. It was last updated on Jun 25, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Aug 13, 2019.