This guide will show you how to use CircuitPython and your Circuit Playground Express to make an interactive lamp, by using movement to change color settings and modes, or changing it up from across the room with an IR remote. You'll learn how to use different code concepts to make this happen. Lamp it up and have fun!
This is a tutorial on how to cast low-temp metal alloys using 3d printed molds. The process involves common tools and supplies - a 3d printer, silicone rubber, a hot plate, stovetop casting alloy, and a dollar store skillet. I used this process to generate locking plates for my Flat-Pack camera arm, but the same method can be used to cast more than metals - anything from chocolate to plastic, with the accuracy only limited to the precision and resolution of your printer.
With this Feather we're getting a little nostalgic for the ATmega328P - the classic 'Arduino' chip - with this Adafruit Feather 328P running a 3.3V and 8 MHz. Feather is the new development board from Adafruit, and like it's namesake it is thin, light, and lets you fly! We designed Feather to be a new standard for portable microcontroller cores.
Breathe easy with the SGP30 Multi-Pixel Gas Sensor, a fully integrated MOX gas sensor. This is a very fine air quality sensor from the sensor experts at Sensirion, with I2C interfacing and fully calibrated output signals with a typical accuracy of 15% within measured values. The SGP combines multiple metal-oxide sensing elements on one chip to provide more detailed air quality signals.
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!
Combining Adafruit’s CCS811 gas sensor with a Circuit Playground Express and two NeoPixel Sticks we can quickly put together a mask that displays our breath attributes. This setup will monitor temperature, carbon dioxide, and total volatile organic compounds. The sensor is easy to work with using its I2C interface and pre-calibrated ranges. A mask is an ideal wearable as it provides a place to house the electronics as well as an option for continuous monitoring as it is a hands-free device that could be adapted for exercise or sleep. The gas sensors TVOC monitoring can be used as an indicator of ketosis as it will detect acetone levels on the breath which is a by-product of producing ketones. CO2 levels can also be a helpful indicator of how much glucose is being burned versus fats.
An exotic new microphone has arrived in the Adafruit shop, a PDM MEMS Microphone! PDM is the 'third' kind of microphone you can integrate with electronics, apart from analog or I2S. These microphones are very commonly used in products, but are rarely seen in maker projects. They offer a low cost digital interface, which your chip may support!