If walls could talk. If fridges could email. If toasters could tweet. If garbage cans could blog. If sinks could post stories. If stoves could code. The Internet of Things can be in all the things. Adafruit, Digikey, and Nimbus the Friendly Cloud Entity are here to help you learn how to connect everything you need and nothing you don't.
Add Internet to your next project with an adorable, bite-sized WiFi microcontroller, at a price you like! The ESP8266 processor from Espressif is an 80 MHz microcontroller with a full WiFi front-end (both as client and access point) and TCP/IP stack with DNS support as well. While this chip has been very popular, its also been very difficult to use. Most of the low cost modules are not breadboard friendly, don't have an onboard 250mA 3.3V regulator or level shifting, and aren't CE or FCC emitter certified....UNTIL NOW!
Interpretting datasheets is fraught with peril in the best of circumstances. Even chips from the same vendor can use varying terminology and units, often in an attempt to hide short-comings in individual devices. Trying to compare chips across vendors adds another layer of complication. We'll help you decipher the key terms around gyroscopes in this learning guide.
With some development boards, low power usage is an afterthought. Especially when price and usability is the main selling point. So what should you do when its time to turn around and make that project of yours run on a battery or solar? Sure you could try to hot-air that regulator off, or you could jerry-rig a relay. Or, use a 555? Ugh, the options aren't that great.
Build and customize your very own open-source button grid controller. This DIY kit comes with delicious translucent button pads, driver boards, diffused white LEDS and a custom laser cut enclosure. The result is a sturdy and elegant but also super-hackable controller device for music, video…or something else???
Playing retro games is easy on a Raspberry Pi - and the pocket computer is pretty good at it too! All you need is a little help to connect buttons and a joystick up and you can custom design your own arcade console, desktop or stand-up machine, even just a simple controller box. It makes for a fun weekend project that will last all year. This Adafruit Arcade Bonnet is designed to make small emulator projects a little easier to build. Here's what you can look forward to!