The cover of Time as Person of the Year can’t be far away for Limor Fried. As the founder of one of the most popular open source hardware companies, inventor, maker, and visionary Ms. Fried has to be on the radar for that famous list.
If you’ve seen the “Minty Boost” Altoid ™ tin that can serve as a supplemental battery pack for your iPod or cell phone, then you’ve seen her work. That little tin is the proverbial iceberg and only a sliver of what’s been going on at Adafruit, Limor’s open-source hardware company that supplier makers with assembled and kit versions of cool electronics projects.
Limor Fried is also known as “LadyAda” in many hacker and maker circles. She is a teacher, mentor, tutor, sharing her knowledge and passion. That outreach has become the core of Adafruit.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.