Alexis Matelin has a great post about how to turn an Arduino-based project into a final prototype. Check it out to learn about moving a project from an Arduino board to a stand-alone AVR microprocessor and custom circuit board. Alexis aggregated information from across the web about designing and manufacturing PCBs (including some advice from Ladyada), creating enclosures, and much more. He even documents the process of creating a prototype ‘MoodCube’ that changes color with NeoPixels using an IR remote. Great work and fantastic advice for anyone that wants to turn a project into a product!
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.
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