In December 2015 I posted a short movie on Facebook in which I switched on a row of eight LEDs I’d placed in a row on a popsicle stick. The whole apparatus was about 15 cm wide, and controlled by my phone. I’d called it my “Portable, pocket-sized, Internet-connected, phone-controlled, Menorah.”
To my amazement, within a few hours, the movie had been viewed nearly 2,000 times.
So this year, I’m going to document how I did it – while hopefully extending myself beyond the 15cm limit of a popsicle stick.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
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.