Sending data over long distances is like magic, and now you can be a magician with this range of powerful and easy-to-use radio modules. Sure, sometimes you want to talk to a computer (a good time to use WiFi) or perhaps communicate with a Phone (choose Bluetooth Low Energy!) but what if you want to send data very far?
This is the Adafruit Feather 32u4 LoRa Radio (RFM9x) - our take on an microcontroller packet radio transceiver with built in USB and battery charging. Its an Adafruit Feather 32u4 with a 433 or 868/915 MHz LoRa radio module cooked in! Great for making distant wireless networks that can go further than 2.4GHz 802.15.4 and similar, are more flexible than Bluetooth LE and without the high power requirements of WiFi.
This is the Adafruit Feather 32u4 Radio (RFM69HCW) - our take on an microcontroller packet radio transceiver with built in USB and battery charging. Its an Adafruit Feather 32u4 with a 433 or 868/915 MHz radio module cooked in! Great for making wireless networks that can go further than 2.4GHz 802.15.4 and similar, are more flexible than Bluetooth LE and without the high power requirements of WiFi.
For transit-bound people, the NextBus service is a tremendous convenience. Knowing when a bus is due means less standing out in the rain…one can use that time inside to get a little extra work done, or finish that cup of coffee. In this tutorial we'll build a handy desk-top or wall-mount countdown display that lets you know when the next bus or train is on the way!
OpenOCD is great because its cross platform, open source, and has support for a vast number of chips & programmers. You can use OpenOCD with dongle-programmers such as J-Link and ST-Link or even an FTDI chip. But, if you have a spare Raspberry Pi (and who doesn't these days?) you can use it as a native OpenOCD programmer with just a few wires.
We love some good LED blinking as much as the next person but after years of LED-soldering we need something cooler to get us excited. Sure there are RGB LEDs and those are fun too but what comes after that? Well, we have the answer: LED Strips! These are flexible circuit boards with full color LEDs soldered on. They take a lot of LED-wiring-drudgery out of decorating a room, car, bicycle, costume, etc. Here is a quick tutorial on how to get an LED strip working with an Arduino.
How do you make a pair of Macetech RGB Neopixel LED Shades even better? Custom hardware, sensors, and bluetooth from Adafruit of course! Read on to learn how to turn a pair of "Hacker Edition" Macetech Shades into fully controllable "smart shades" with the Adafruit Bluefruit app for iOS and Android and some clever Arduino programming!
We're doing a lot of streaming lately, and I wanted to make a sign that would let people know when we're on air. All this guide will do is connect to the Twitch API and determine if the user is currently streaming - if so, the Feather will turn on some NeoPixels (you can also just use LEDs if you like) to light up the sign.
The IS31FL3731 will let you get back to that classic LED matrix look, with a nice upgrade! This I2C LED driver chip has the ability to PWM each individual LED in a 16x9 grid so you can have beautiful LED lighting effects, without a lot of pin twiddling. Simply tell the chip which LED on the grid you want lit, and what brightness and it's all taken care of for you.
The Terminal Block Breakout FeatherWing kit is like the Golden Eagle of prototyping FeatherWings (eg. majestic, powerful, good-looking). To start, you get a nice prototyping area underneath your Feather, with extra pads for ground, 3.3V and SDA/SCL. Not one to stop there, we expanded the PCB out to 2" x 2.5" with 3.5mm pitch terminal blocks down each side. There's also four mounting holes so you can attach the breakout to your enclosure or project.