In this guide we will use our Circuit Playground along with a potentiometer and some alligator clips to explore how we can read analog signals into our digital computer.

No soldering required!

Required Parts

In addition to the Circuit Playground, you will need some alligator clips and a potentiometer. While not required, a knob makes turning the potentiometer easier and provides a nice reference mark to see where you are at.

Optional Parts

Another option is to use a breadboard along with a trim pot and alligator to male jumper wires. The hardware outlined in the previous section is recommended, but if you already have these items, they will work as well.

Before Starting

If you are new to the Circuit Playground, you may want to first read these overview guides.

This project will use the Arduino IDE. Make sure you have added the board support for the Circuit Playground as well as installed the Circuit Playground library. MUST DO BOTH. This is covered in the guides linked above.

This guide was first published on Feb 11, 2017. It was last updated on Feb 11, 2017.

This page (Overview) was last updated on Feb 06, 2017.

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