The Basic String Car is a simple project that consists of a battery, motor, pulley, and a bit of fence wire. The initial design of the car was made from repurposed parts and materials found in Grandpa's basement workshop. This version uses some commercially-available parts, but could be hacked with parts gleaned from old CD players, for example. What modifications and improvements would you make?
The PiUART adds a MicroUSB to serial connection so you can use any serial port software to connect to the Pi's console. It plugs in and is fast and easy to add whenever you need to connect to your Pi. You can power your Pi through the microUSB port and then use the switch whenever you want to cut power, without having to unplug the cable.
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!
The Adafruit Feather nRF52 Pro ships pre-programmed with the Mynewt serial bootloader that allows you to flash firmware to the device directly from the command-line using the on-board USB Serial converter and the 'newtmgr' tool, so you can get started right away with no additional hardware required. For more advanced debugging, however, you can use a Segger J-Link and the on-board SWD debug connector, which gives you access to a more powerful set of development tools and options.
The Adafruit TPL5111 Reset Enable Timer is a stand-alone breakout that will turn any electronics into low-power electronics! It will take care of enabling & disabling your electronics using a built in timer that can vary from once-every 100ms up to once every two hours. Basically, the TPL will set an enable pin high periodically, adjustable by potentiometer or resistor, and turn on your project's power. It will then wait until a signal is received from the project to tell the TPL that it can safely disable the project by setting the enable pin low
This project will turn your Raspberry Pi Zero W into a ad-blocking local DNS server with Pi Hole. When it is asked for the IP address of ads.adserver.com (for example) it will return nothing! So you will never even connect to the ad server and get the ad. Your connection will be faster, less data, and no intrusive ads. It works great on computers, tablets, phones, etc. Even if you cannot run an ad-blocker plugin on your phone or tablet, this will work and ad-blocker-detectors can't tell you're running it.
A different take on the beginning maker's second project (a clock being the first, of course). We added a motion detector to activate the fan when you're soldering and a USB reading light to eliminate the shadows. The unit employs a USB-rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and provides a separate USB port for the lamp. This solder fume extractor fits into an off-the-shelf enclosure; 3D printing isn't required. Drilling and cutting the enclosure requires some intermediate fabrication skills, but a layout and drilling template is provided to make it easier to prepare the plastic case.
We sure love the ATmega328 here at Adafruit, and we use them a lot for our own projects. The processor has plenty of GPIO, Analog inputs, hardware UART SPI and I2C, timers and PWM galore - just enough for most simple projects. METRO Mini is the culmination of years of playing with AVRs: we wanted to make a tiny, breadboard-friendly development board that is easy to use and is hacker friendly. Metro Mini can be programmed with the Arduino IDE (select 'UNO' in the boards dropdown)
Breathe easy - we finally have an I2C VOC/eCO2 sensor in the Adafruit shop! Add air quality monitoring to your project and with an Adafruit CCS811 Air Quality Sensor Breakout. This sensor from AMS is a gas sensor that can detect a wide range of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and is intended for indoor air quality monitoring.
I2C is incredibly popular because it uses only 2 wires, and like we said, multiple devices can share those wires, making it a great way to connect tons of sensors, drivers, expanders, without using all the microcontroller pins. The only bad news about I2C is that each I2C device must have a unique address - and the addresses only range from 0 to 127 (aka 0 to 0x7F hex). Since we deal with so many I2C devices we thought it would be handy to have a table with all the most common sensors and modules we encounter, and their I2C address!
One of the great and features of the Circuit Playground Express is the addition of an infrared transmitter and receiver. In this tutorial you will learn how to receive and decode IR signals from a remote control such as those used for TV, DVD, cable boxes and how to transmit IR signals making your Circuit Playground Express an IR remote itself.
The Adafruit Gemma M0 may look small and cute: round, about the size of a quarter, with friendly alligator-clip sew pads. But do not be fooled! The Gemma M0 is incredibly powerful! We've taken the same form factor we used for the original ATtiny85-based Gemma and gave it a power up. The Gemma M0 has swapped out the lightweight ATtiny85 for a ATSAMD21E18 powerhouse.