We first encountered this chip when working on the spokePOV kit. We wanted to control 60 LEDs from an Attiny2313. I only had maybe 5 pins to spare so even something like ‘charlie-plexing’ wouldn’t work. A great solution came to us with the suggestion of checking out the 74HC595. This is a chip that takes serial input (3 digital pins) and has 8 digital outputs. You can chain these puppies together to have near-infinite number of outputs. Perfect for controlling LED displays!
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.