If you don’t know Adafruit yet, let’s fix that immediately. They’re awesome. They offer people like wearable tech designers the supplies and instructions needed to hone their skills and build beautiful things—and they have a highly popular YouTube channel. (Not to mention: their founder was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine. Boom!) We talked with Becky Stern, Adafruit’s Director of Wearable Electronics, to learn more about the company.
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, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, 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.