Spring is officially upon us. But that doesn’t mean gardens are instantly sprouting or that it’s more sunny than not most days. Spring, especially early on, is filled with quick fluctuations in temperature and the general climate. At least here in the northeast you could get a few straight days of rain followed by perfect sun, perhaps with intermittent overcast or cloudy skies. And while there are many weather-inspired display projects out there I especially dig this simple geometric art-as-indicator display by Becky Stern!
The full project at Instructables shows how she used some simple cardboard crafting to create the segments within the shadow box, using NeoPixels (not colored paper) calibrated to correlate to weather status. The code accommodates numerous weather patterns including but not limited to: rain, snow, cloudy, partly cloudy, clear, sunny, rain and snow (!), and so on. The numerical display in the corner is the day’s high-temp value from Weather Underground for your area. It’s an easy enough box you could customize to your own design (on that note I especially appreciate the ‘prototype’ shots that show the design thinking and previous iteration) and it’s moderately complex if you’re looking for a challenging weather-based IoT project to build.
Adafruit Feather HUZZAH with ESP8266 WiFi: This is the Adafruit Feather HUZZAH ESP8266 – our take on an ‘all-in-one’ ESP8266 WiFi development board with built in USB and battery charging. Its an ESP8266 WiFi module with all the extras you need, ready to rock! Read more.
Adafruit 0.56″ 4-Digit 7-Segment FeatherWing Display: 7-Segment Matrices like these are ‘multiplexed’ – so to control all the seven-segment LEDs you need 14 pins. That’s a lot of pins, and there are driver chips like the MAX7219 that can control a matrix for you but there’s a lot of wiring to set up and they take up a ton of space. Here at Adafruit we feel your pain! After all, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could control a matrix without tons of wiring? That’s where these LED Matrix FeatherWings come in! Read more.
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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.