It SXSW season – Adafruit was a presenter at SXSW and later keynoted the conference way back before open source hardware was a familiar term, it was a great way to spread the idea of sharing hardware to a big audience. It was also where Ladyada and Phil met (and did their first project, a bluetooth controlled Roomba, frogger bot). Here’s a post about that on the SXSW site. SXSW Stories 2012: The Ability to Change the World @ sxsw.com. Glenn Thomas writes –
“One of my favorite memories from SXSWi comes from 2006 when Sixth Street hosted a game of Roomba Frogger (immortalized by Daniel Terdiman on CNet.) A prank dreamed up from the real life meeting of Phil Torrone and Limor Fried at SXSWi, this coupling eventually blossomed into the global open source hardware powerhouse Adafruit. The feeling I always get in Austin in March is that everybody around you wants to do things and make things that are new and exciting using technology. It’s a place and moment every year where the people around you have the talent, the desire, and the ability to change the world.
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.