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.
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.