Now there is a small stream of interesting parts for which I have no immediate application which nevertheless flow across my lab bench to be tested because you never know what you may need at some point, and I’m an irrepressible tinker. One of these was the Adafruit breakout board for the PCA9685 which is an IC by NXP which generates PWM signals for driving servos and fading LEDs. Their description page for the product had something which stuck in my brain…
“You can even chain up 62 breakouts to control up to 992 PWM outputs (which we would really like to see since it would be glorious)”
So there was a little gremlin in my brain saying “We need to do a gigantic LED project!” and then all at once, it came to me. The organ needs theatrical lighting effects for Halloween. The problem is, the organ is nearly three stories tall, lighting it up would require a lot of LEDs.
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.