Netflix wants you to build your own home automation electronics in order to automate at least the first half of “Netflix and chill” with their Make It campaign showing you how to build a wifi remote that automatically adjusts lighting, silences your phone, orders takeout, and of course, queues up your entertainment. The prototype shown uses a Particle and IR LED, and instructs makers to reverse engineer their TVs IR remote signals using Ladyada’s classic tutorial. What I like about this ad campaign is that it encourages people to make their own electronics projects from an accessible and fun angle.
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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