Hello, I’m Margery Conner and I’m joining Adafruit Industries as editor. I’ve covered the electronics industry for the past fifteen years. (I wrote the first magazine interview with Limor Fried back in 2008!) I have a BSEE and worked in engineering as a design engineer and engineering manager.
I especially love LEDs and how they can be controlled with platforms like the Arduino. You might have seen my LED light strip Christmas tree. I also run Designing with LEDs where I tear down a lot of LED light bulbs to see what design choices were made. I’m thrilled to be writing here about the hardware and design tools available now that make it possible for just about anyone to create their own electronic projects.
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.