The original Adafruit Motorshield kit is one of our most beloved kits, which is why we decided to make something even better. We have upgraded the shield kit to make the bestest, easiest way to drive DC and Stepper motors. This shield will make quick work of your next robotics project! We kept the ability to drive up to 4 DC motors or 2 stepper motors, but added many improvements:
If you have a project with any audio, video, graphics, data logging, etc in it, you'll find that having a removable storage option is essential. Most microcontrollers have extremely limited built-in storage. For example, even the Arduino Mega chip (the Atmega2560) has a mere 4Kbytes of EEPROM storage. There's more flash (256K) but you cant write to it as easily and you have to be careful if you want to store information in flash that you don't overwrite the program itself!
The very word "servo" implies feedback-based control. But for most RC servos, that feedback signal is not available outside the servo case. So when controlling them from a microcontroller, you never really know if the servo is doing what you tell it to do. These feedback servos have an extra wire for the feedback signal. This lets you monitor the servo motion to verify that it is working as expected. It also lets you use the servo as an input device.
Trinket may be small, but do not be fooled by its size! It's a tiny microcontroller board, built around the Atmel ATtiny85, 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 Arduino-IDE programmable board!
The Raspberry Pi has an on-board audio jack, which is super handy for all kinds of sound effects and speech, just plug and go! However, for when you want better audio for music playback, or you want to record audio...a USB audio card can greatly improve the sound quality and volume, this tutorial will show you how!
Light painting is an artistic medium combining light, motion and long-exposure photography. For as long as a camera’s shutter is open, a single point of light in motion will create a continuous streak in the final photograph. Digital technology takes light painting to the next level…dozens of point lights, with color and brightness individually under computer control, weave a swath of awesome across the completed frame. Adafruit’s NeoPixel strips, combined with the Arduino microcontroller and a supporting cast of parts, make highly refined digital light painting achievable!
This TFT display is big (2.8" diagonal) bright (4 white-LED backlight) and colorful (18-bit 262,000 different shades)! 240x320 pixels with individual pixel control. It has way more resolution than a black and white 128x64 display. As a bonus, this display has a resistive or capacitive touchscreen attached to it already, so you can detect finger presses anywhere on the screen.
This fancy microphone amplifier module is a step above the rest, with built in automatic gain control. The AGC in the amplifier means that nearby 'loud' sounds will be quieted so they don't overwhelm & 'clip' the amplifier, and even quiet, far-away sounds will be amplified. This amplifier is great for when you want to record or detect audio in a setting where levels change and you don't want to have to tweak the amplifier gain all the time.
He told you "Go West, young maker!" - but you don't know which way is West! Ah, if only you had this triple-axis magnetometer compass module. A magnetometer can sense where the strongest magnetic force is coming from, generally used to detect magnetic north. This tutorial will get you started on using this sensor, with code and wiring diagrams.
This cyber-tronic looking sensor hides a secret behind it's glimmering eye. Unlike most temperature sensors, this sensor measures infrared light bouncing off of remote objects so it can sense temperature without having to touch them physically. Simply point the sensor towards what you want to measure and it will detect the temperature by absorbing IR waves emitted. Because it doesn't have to touch the object it's measuring, it can sense a wider range of temperatures than most digital sensors: from -70°C to +138°C It takes the measurement over an 90-degree field of view so it can be handy for determining the average temperature of an area.
Add some jazz & pizazz to your project with a color touchscreen LCD. This TFT display is big (2.8" diagonal) bright (4 white-LED backlight) and colorful! 240x320 pixels with individual RGB pixel control, this has way more resolution than a black and white 128x64 display. As a bonus, this display has a resistive touchscreen attached to it already, so you can detect finger presses anywhere on the screen, and a MicroSD card socket for loading images
In this project, we are going to interface a USB camera to an Arduino Yun to make exciting applications. The first one is to take a picture & upload it automatically to Dropbox when motion is detected. We'll also make the camera stream video wirelessly to Youtube, so you can monitor your home from anywhere!