How to Make a Practical Pedometer #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #Arduino #DIY #tech
If you are one of those people that refuses to get a Fitbit, you are going to enjoy this Arduino pedometer project. Maker Asif Shaikh of Robotica DIY has created a hobby version using a Lilypad Arduino, accelerometer and Bluetooth module. You can check out his post for the hook-up (which is easy). The real fun comes in calculating your calorie burn for the code, which will have you measuring your average step. Even if you do own a fitness tracker it’s nice to see the math. Asif uses a Bluetooth app for Android, so it’s not clear if you can translate this easily to an Iphone, but a quick check in the Apple store reveals quite a few Bluetooth apps. Looking at this build makes me think an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express with a Bluefruit module might also make a great step tracker. I think it all depends whether you want a round shape or something more rectangular. However, all those Neopixels on the Circuit Playground could be fun for celebrating step milestones. What is your dream pedometer?
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.