Devon Elliot has a great blog post that describes how he re-purposed a vintage telegraph sounder to sound out tweets and SMS messages with an Arduino & Adafruit FONA. Telegraph sounders were used in the early days of wired communication to sound out the dits and dahs of morse code and they worked with an electromagnet much like a mechanical relay. Devon describes how he wired up a telegraph sounder to an Arduino and then connected an Adafruit FONA to allow SMS messages to be sounded out as morse code. Fantastic work!
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.
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