Adafruit Industries is one of the major contributors to the Raspberry Pi revolution. From simple enclosures to complex expansion boards, the company has given more than its fair share to the community. In particular, The Adafruit RGB 16×2 LCD is a welcome addition to the product line. Interfacing with the GPIO, the board provides two lines of 16 characters. The display comes with either a backlit screen with dark letters or a dark screen with illuminated letter. On board buttons allow for scrolling and selecting options. As always with Adafruit products, tutorials are available to help users get set up and build projects. Adafruit RGB Negative/Positive 16×2 LCD+Keypad Kit for Raspberry Pi are $24.95 at the Adafruit stores.
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.
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