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The Circuit Playground Express has a built in infrared (IR) sensor, and it's very simple to decode the signals using CircuitPython, thanks to the Adafruit Infrared library. We'll program the CPX to read IR blasts from the mini remote control and use these commands to change the bright, beautiful NeoPixels. Plus, we'll defuse the light and dress it up with an inexpensive hobby store ornament and festive puff balls!
Peltier cooler + Trinket M0 + CircuitPython = refreshing drinks! This project uses a thermoelectric cooling assembly to turn electricity into coldness!! That chill is transferred to your beverage of choice via thermal conductivity, and then transported safely to your drinking glass with a peristaltic pump. Ahhhh.
An IR distance sensor, Trinket M0, NeoPixel strip, and AudioFX sound board plugged into powered speakers combine to make a booby trapped candy bowl. The CircuitPython program measures the distance of objects in front of the IR sensor, and changes the LED colors to match. Then, when you get too close, it screams bloody murder!!
You can wire arcade buttons to the Gemma M0 which can be programmed in CircuitPython as a USB HID device (emulating keyboard strokes) to control any iCade compatible game on iOS! Plus, you can build your own stylish, rugged mini table using slotted aluminum extrusions and hardware! And, no soldering is required, just plug and play!