I’m working on a little timekeeper project that works similarly to those word clocks, but it will be wrist-mounted. I have to make this little guy tiny, so I’m going with all SMD and to light the 21 LEDs, I’m using a 5-pin Charlieplexing scheme. To give back to the community (and FWIW), I am writing up my understanding of and methods for implementing Charlieplexing on an Atmel ATmega328 AVR (or Arduino). This first part of the 2-part series goes over the concept of Charlieplexing. The second article will show my homemade quality control methods and Arduino and AVR C code. I hope someone finds the write-up useful!
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
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.