The magnetic bouncer is a unique computer interface based on the repulsive force of magnets. Magnetic attraction is all very well, but is a bit limited. Bringing two like magnetic poles together so that they repel, however, is fascinating: you can feel the magnetic field as you move them closer together and around one another. A simple way to demonstrate this effect is with ring magnets on a pole: they will sit still with the upper magnet suspended in mid-air, but disturb them and they bounce around in a most satisfying manner. We wanted to be able to capture this bouncing action and feed it into our computer to act as a controller.
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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.