NeoPixel LEDs are the bee's knees, but in a few scenarios they come up short…connecting odd microcontrollers that can’t match their strict timing, or fast-moving persistence-of-vision displays. Adafruit DotStar strips deliver high speed PWM and an easy-to-drive two-wire interface, bridging the gaps in the spectrum of awesome.
The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful little computer, but one thing it isn't very good at is controlling DC Servo Motors - these motors need very specific and repetitive timing pulses to set the position. Instead of asking the Pi Linux kernel to send these signals, pop on this handy HAT! It adds the capability to control 16 Servos with perfect timing. It can also do PWM up to 1.6 KHz with 12 bit precision, all completely free-running.
Digital RGB LEDs like the Neopixel are greatfor creating awesome lighting effects. But keeping them responsive to user inputs at the same time can be challenging. And what if you want to have different parts of your project animated in different ways? In this guide, we'll explore techniques to make your pixel patterns lively, flexible and responsive.
Infrared LEDs and receivers can be a great way to control a robot will create a home automation system but you need a library to simplify the coding process. In this tutorial we will give a brief explanation of how IR remotes work and show you how to use the IRLib library which makes it easy to send, receive, and decode IR signals.
Adafruit’s PiTFT displays link to the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO header instead of a video port, making them compact & ideal for portable projects. But this connection normally limits them to a subset of specially-compiled games and emulators — high-performance OpenGL-based games were previously incompatible. New software now makes gaming more practical on these tiny displays!
Fire four solenoids, spin two DC motors or step one bi-polar or uni-polar stepper with 1.2A per channel (3A peak) using the TB6612. These are perhaps better known as "the drivers in our assembled Adafruit Motorshield or Motor HAT." We really like these dual H-bridges, so if you want to control motors without a shield or HAT these are easy to include on any solderless breadboard or perma-proto.
One of the more noticeable limitations of the Raspberry Pi is using an SD card for its main storage. This guide details hooking up an external drive, copying your root filesystem to it, and configuring the kernel to treat the external drive as root. It includes a helper script which automates most of these steps.
PowerBoost 1000C is the perfect power supply for your portable project! With a built-in load-sharing battery charger circuit, you'll be able to keep your power-hungry project running even while recharging the battery! This little DC/DC boost converter module can be powered by any 3.7V LiIon/LiPoly battery, and convert the battery output to 5.2V DC for running your 5V projects.