A few weeks ago I got a shiny new Adafruit FLORA kit in the mail, it’s a lovely little board, and a lot of thought and care has gone into its design… Most of the things I find to be really interesting tend to lean more into the ambient sensors category, largely because input technologies tend to lag output technologies in resolution/bandwidth/cost, and so they get less play time. One old project I put together was a top hat with a magnetic hal sensor, it would change color depending on which way one was pointed. It was pretty useless, most of what I learned from the experiment was that people really don’t like staring at super-bright color changing LED when trying to talk to you. Eventually I covered the LED with a translucent toy rubber frog, the magic hat was much improved.
Interesting side note, when we made the FLORA mike was one of the people we imagined who would really do amazing work with it. When we design new products we sometimes have specific people in mind and think about how they’d use them.
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