When you buy a new piece of technology – like a phone, or a games console – you most likely unpack it, plug it in, and use it according to the instructions. But there is a particular type of tech-head who would prefer to take it apart, see how it works, and then make it do something else. Scores of enthusiasts did exactly that to Microsoft’s new motion sensing games controller, Kinect, back in November. Marc Cieslak looks at the “modders” pushing devices far beyond their intended capabilities.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.