Overview

Here's a simple, fun project for sunny days, or dark rooms. We'll take a Circuit Playground Express and a micro servo and make a pair of automatic sunglasses/flashlight.

If you haven't used servos before we have some guides that will provide a good introduction: Using Servos With CircuitPython and Arduino, and the servo section of the Adafruit Motor Selection Guide.

Parts

Circuit Playground Express

PRODUCT ID: 3333
Circuit Playground Express is the next step towards a perfect introduction to electronics and programming. We've taken the original Circuit Playground Classic and...
$24.95
IN STOCK

Micro servo

PRODUCT ID: 169
Tiny little servo can rotate approximately 180 degrees (90 in each direction), and works just like the standard kinds you're used to but smaller. You can use any servo code,...
$5.95
OUT OF STOCK

Lithium Ion Polymer Battery - 3.7v 500mAh

PRODUCT ID: 1578
Lithium ion polymer (also known as 'lipo' or 'lipoly') batteries are thin, light and powerful. The output ranges from 4.2V when completely charged to 3.7V. This battery...
$7.95
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Small Alligator Clip to Male Jumper Wire Bundle - 6 Pieces

PRODUCT ID: 3448
When working with unusual non-header-friendly surfaces, these handy cables will be your best friends! No longer will you have long, cumbersome strands of alligator clips. These...
$3.95
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Supplies

  • A pair of glasses, an old/cheap pair preferrably.
  • Flip up sunglasses, or a cheap pair with the arms removed. 
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Superglue
  • Depending on how you want to wire the servo, you'll need soldering equipment or alligator clip jumper wires.
This guide was first published on Aug 15, 2018. It was last updated on Nov 16, 2018. This page (Overview) was last updated on Aug 17, 2018.