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!
Playing MP3 audio files on an Arduino compatible board used to be a clunky and expensive ordeal. Now it's a breeze with the Adafruit MP3 library. If you have an ARM Cortex M4 (or M3) based microcontroller board, and you want to rock out, this mini guide will be music to your ears. With the accompanying library, based off of Helix, you will be able to decode and play stereo MP3 files without the need for an external chip! That's right, no VLSI VS10xx chips required, you can do it on the fly!
Peltier cooler + Trinket M0 + CircuitPython = refreshing drinks! This project uses a thermoelectric cooling assembly to turn electricity into coldness!! That chill is transferred to your beverage of choice via thermal conductivity, and then transported safely to your drinking glass with a peristaltic pump. Ahhhh.
This is a great battery-backed real time clock (RTC) that allows your microcontroller project to keep track of time even if it is reprogrammed, or if the power is lost. Perfect for datalogging, clock-building, time stamping, timers and alarms, etc. Equipped with PCF8523 RTC - it can run from 3.3V or 5V power & logic!
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.
An IR distance sensor, Trinket M0, NeoPixel strip, and AudioFX sound board plugged into powered speakers combine to make a booby trapped candy bowl. The CircuitPython program measures the distance of objects in front of the IR sensor, and changes the LED colors to match. Then, when you get too close, it screams bloody murder!!
We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and made it even better! Not only did we pack even more sensors in, we also made it even easier to program. The board is round and has alligator-clip pads around it so you don't have to solder or sew to make it work. You can power it from USB, a AAA battery pack, or with a Lipoly battery (for advanced users). Circuit Playground Express has built-in USB support. Built in USB means you plug it in to program it and it just shows up, no special cable or adapter required. Just program your code into the board then take it on the go!
You can wire arcade buttons to the Gemma M0 which can be programmed in CircuitPython as a USB HID device (emulating keyboard strokes) to control any iCade compatible game on iOS! Plus, you can build your own stylish, rugged mini table using slotted aluminum extrusions and hardware! And, no soldering is required, just plug and play!
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 of power. We wanted to design a microcontroller board that was small enough to fit into any project, and low cost enough to use without hesitation. Perfect for when you don't want to give up your expensive dev-board and you aren't willing to take apart the project you worked so hard to design. It's our lowest-cost CircuitPython programmable board!