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.
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.