No, that ringing in your ears isn’t the applause from last month’s greatest caption, it is the sound of November’s contest arriving!
Give us your best caption to the peculiar situation depicted below for a chance to win a colored original by our fantastic artist Daniel Guidera, with your caption attached. We’ll choose the winner based on your best telephone manners, or possibly just how much you make us laugh!
This month, Adafruit has again given us a the totally awesome opportunity to give away some more toys! They’re letting us distribute 10 BlueFruit Bluetooth interfaces. Or rather, we’ll select the 10 winners, and Adafruit will send you one for free! Obviously the main winner will get one in addition to his or her own personal comic, so that leaves nine chances to at least come in as a runner-up.
If you’re unfamiliar with the BlueFruit, you should check it out. The device is seen by any Bluetooth system as a keyboard (out of the box). It is preprogrammed with the common keys needed for most computer games, but you can even program it with your own for your specific needs. Here’s an example of something done with Bluefruit. We’ve also seen a classic NES controller retrofitted for Bluetooth with it.
Bluefruit EZ-Key – 12 Input Bluetooth HID Keyboard Controller. In stock and shipping now! Create your own wireless Bluetooth keyboard controller in an hour with the Bluefruit EZ-Key: it’s the fastest, easiest and bestest Bluetooth controller. We spent years learning how to develop our own custom Bluetooth firmware, and coupled with our own BT module hardware, we’ve created the most Maker-friendly wireless you can get!
This breakout acts just like a BT keyboard, and works great with any BT-capable device: Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android. Power the module with 3-16VDC, and pair it to the computer, tablet or phone just as you would any other BT device. Now you can connect buttons from the 12 input pins, when a button is pressed, it sends a keypress to the computer. We pre-program the module to send the 4 arrow keys, return, space, ‘w’, ‘a’, ‘s’, ‘d’, ‘1’ and ‘2’ by default. Advanced users can reprogram the module’s keys using an FTDI or other Serial console cable, for any HID key report they desire.
You can pair multiple Bluefruit’s to a single device, each one has a unique identifier. These modules are FCC & CE certified and are RoHS-compliant so they are easy to integrate into your project.
If you want to have better control over the data sent, connect a microcontroller to the RX pin at 3-5V logic level, 9600 baud, and send ASCII data: it will be ‘typed out’ character by character. We also have support for various non-printable characters such as ESC, Shift, F1-F12, etc. as well as toggling the virtual keyboard on iOS.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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.