Instead of developing yet another solution in search of a problem, I decided to address a very real need in our household. Due to busy schedules, I often find myself in the supermarket on the way home from work, trying to remember what food needs buying. It seems that I am not the only one experiencing this situation. Compounding this problem is that my teenage sons can consume a LOT, but what they are consuming at any point in time is erratic and difficult to predict.
As an example, we recently went through a (relatively healthy) phase of consuming Greek yoghurt. To keep up with demand, we standardised on buying a 2kg (4.4lbs) tub – but only one tub at a time because of the space it occupies in the fridge. Unless I have recently eaten some, it becomes guesswork as to whether or not to replenish. And, in case you’re wondering, forget about getting my sons to proactively flag that anything is running out.
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.