NEW PRODUCT – ACKme WiConnect WiFi Module – Mackerel Evaluation Board: The same team that built Roving Networks is now at ACKme, where they’re designing the future of WiFi connectivity. Their first release is the ACKme WiConnect, a super-smart WiFi module that has a lot of built-in capability such as SSL, AP mode, auto-connection, etc.The AMW004-E03 ‘Mackerel’ evaluation board provides a quick and easy way to evaluate and develop using WiConnect with the surface mount AMW004 Wallaby module. Using the Wallaby module is a breeze with Mackerel, simply plug the board into a computer using a standard USB cable, connect with a PC terminal application and start typing. Since the module uses TTL serial, this is a good way to evaluate the WiConnect – the board basically has an FTDI USB/serial converter on it.
The WiConnect application running on the Wallaby module provides easy-to-use ASCII commands to read the state of the buttons and turn the LEDs on and off. For a more compelling demo, connect the board to your Wi-Fi access point, signup at gohack.me and control the board from across the room, or from the other side of the planet! Check out the WiConnect online guide for tutorials and more
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.