OK you've gotten your Arduino set up and also figured out how to use the software to send sketches to the board. Powerful stuff! But...just running example sketches is a little boring. What we really want to do is use our own creativity and skill to write new sketches! That's what we'll be doing in this lesson. To start we will venture deep into the Blink sketch, looking at each line and trying to understand what its doing. Then we will start hacking the sketch, and maybe even meet an internationally-famous DJ and design custom hardware for him!
Ah yes, it is finally time to make your Arduino do something! We're going to start with the classic hello world! of electronics, a blinking light. OK it doesn't sound too exciting, heck you can just flip your desk lamp on and off without needing a microcontroller.. but I promise you, you'll learn a lot!
The current generation of single board Linux machines offers an impressive amount of computer power in a tiny little space. Unfortunately, once the keyboard, mouse, display, power supplies and USB peripherals get connected up we are left with a mess of cables and hardware. Fortunately, the Pi-Top fixes the peripheral insanity and provides a 12-hour portable laptop! It's a win-win situation.
Long, random passwords are the most secure, but can be difficult to remember and tricky to type. Build this Circuit Playground Password Vault to remember and enter them for you! Store up to ten passwords and enter them into a computer over USB at the push of a button. You'll even create a unique unlock sequence so your passwords stay secure, and build a rugged 3D printed case to take it on the go.
Add short-hop wireless to your Feather with these Radio Featherwings. These add-ons for any Feather board will let you integrate packetized radio (with the RFM69 radio) or LoRa radio (with the RFM9x's). These radios are good options for kilometer-range radio, and paired with one of our WiFi, cellular or Bluetooth Feathers, will let you bridge from 433/900 MHz to the Internet or your mobile device.
The ESP8266 based Feather HUZZAH & the HUZZAH ESP8266 breakout are both very popular options for connecting projects to Adafruit IO. In this guide we are going to walk through the setup needed to get your ESP8266 up and running with the Arduino IDE & Adafruit IO. This same basic setup can be used as you progress through our Adafruit IO Basics series of guides.
This guide will use the capacitive touch pads on the Circuit Playground Express and the capacitive properties of fruit to create a full scale tone piano. We will write the code using CircuitPython to use each of the touch pads to light up the Neopixels in a different color and play a different tone through the onboard speaker.
This is the Power Relay FeatherWing. It gives you power to control, and control over power. Put simply, you can now turn on and off lamps, fans, solenoids, and other small appliances that run on up to 250VAC or DC power using any Feather board. Compared to our smaller Relay FeatherWings, this one can handle a beefy 1200 Watts!
Arduino is a great starting point for electronics, and with a motor shield it can also be a nice tidy platform for robotics and mechatronics. Here is a design for a full-featured motor shield that will be able to power many simple to medium-complexity projects. Build the kit, and learn how to use it with these detailed instructions.