Don’t Think About It, Do It! Add LED Accent Lighting Everywhere.
This ‘Make Every Week’ post by John Keefe is simple: add DIY accent lighting using LED strips, barrel jack, and a battery. Simple! When I moved into my new apartment ~2 years ago I thought about what lighting I wanted where. Then a year went by and I realized I was still thinking about it, so instead I started doing it. I could always undo whatever I didn’t like, or wanted to upgrade, or modify. Now I have accent lighting wrapping my bathroom vanity mirror, installed inside my ‘altar of awesome’ glass display case of trinkets, even around my door’s peephole, along with specialty cabinet & drawer lighting. Some installs are mains powered, others use batteries. But they’re a fun – and easy – way to add flare to any home environment, and they’re increasingly cheap and accessible to design and install. (Also that screw terminal barrel jack adapter from Sparkfun is pretty darn swanky!)
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.