‘The Light Fantastic,’ a Pinewood Derby Car with OLED, NeoPixel Animations
The Light Fantastic – Pinewood Derby car, powered by TinyScreen+ (OLED display and Atmel SAMD21 32-bit ARM processor), Adafruit Neopixels and Accelerometer/Compass sensor LSM303. Flicker on OLED display is an artifact of this video recording; it is rock steady in real life! The car plays through a sequence of lighting and display animations and text marquees, and can detect being tilted forward to switch to a “race mode” RPM gauge display. The menu is accessed by pressing one of the microswitches, and the pointer/settings/compass display are moved/adjusted by tilting/rotating the car. Obligatory game Flappy Birdz also playable on the car!
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.