After a few days of confident air drumming in the car, I figured it was time to pick up the sticks again and get my chops back. Unfortunately, my bank account didn’t agree. As a maker, it’s always more fun to make it yourself, anyway. Seeing as I didn’t have much more than a few ripe bananas, there weren’t many options.
Having learned of Adafruit’s Circuit Playground supporting capacitive touch, I knew it was the perfect candidate for my virtual drumset. With just a few clicks, I was able to get jammin’ in no time. What’s even better is that I wasn’t just limited to percussion. Suddenly, I was a multi-instrumentalist.
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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.
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