Use your powers for good while teaching people about computer security! This Gemma M0 will pretend to be a USB keyboard when plugged into a host computer, and then it will inject the machine with commands to swap background images or leave warning messages that can't be ignored! Or, turn it into a USB Mouse Jiggler for more antics!
This little sensor looks an awful lot like the popular DHT11/DHT22 temperature and humidity sensors, but unlike classic DHT sensors, it has an I2C interface! That's right, you do not need to use a bit-bang timing-specific protocol to talk to the AM2320, it uses plain-old-I2C. Whew, that makes things a little easier, doesn't it?
Program your favorite AVR chips directly from CircuitPython with this handy helper class that will let you make stand-alone programmers right from your REPL. Should work with any/all AVR chips, via SPI programming. You can use this code to program chips without any additional software or drivers - just drag a Hex file over to program it!
What's smaller than a Feather but larger than a Trinket? It's an Itsy Bitsy! Small, powerful, Arduino-compatible - this microcontroller board is perfect when you want something very compact, but still with a bunch of pins. Itsy Bitsy is only 1.4" long by 0.7" wide, but has 6 power pins, 23 digital pins with plenty of analog in and pwm out. It packs much of the same capability as an Arduino UNO. So it's great once you've finished up a prototype on a bigger Arduino, and want to make the project much smaller.
The sensor uses an infrared LED to bounce light off objects in front of it and time how fast it takes for the light to return. You could do all this yourself with LEDs and light sensors, but the VCNL4010 wraps all that logic up into a stand-alone chip for you! With the VCNL4010 you can easily read the proximity (i.e. if an object is near or far) and even ambient light level over a simple I2C connection.
The Circuit Playground Express has a built in infrared (IR) sensor, and it's very simple to decode the signals using CircuitPython, thanks to the Adafruit Infrared library. We'll program the CPX to read IR blasts from the mini remote control and use these commands to change the bright, beautiful NeoPixels. Plus, we'll defuse the light and dress it up with an inexpensive hobby store ornament and festive puff balls!
This guide will introduce you to the CircuitPython community and everything that comes with it. You'll learn about where to get your questions answered, provide help to others and contribute in a variety of ways. Whether you're a beginning just starting out or a seasoned programmer, you'll find there's something for everyone. See you soon!