Here’s a cute badge to wear to your next con, designed by Hirofumi Inomata of Tokyo. It combines a colorful 3D printed frame ala Cube 2, with some interesting parts. Check out the Adafruit Mini 8×8 LED Matrices with I2C Backpacks, as well as the GR-KURUMI microcontroller. Apparently it’s compatible to an Arduino Pro Mini, but it has some other features that make it useful for small projects. Check out its pink color and cute girl motif — very Japanese.
Hirofumi has also been making wands and cute ear headbands all sporting a variety of LEDs. LED matrices can be a maker’s dream since you can turn them into blinking eyes, text, or cool game inspired designs. Check out our tutorial to make our LED Matrix Pendant. Remind you of something? You know you want one.
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.