NEW GUIDE: Automation with Adafruit Crickit, Capsela, and @MSMakeCode
Open any toy closet and you’ll find them. Building blocks from your childhood or your children’s childhood. Be they Lego, Duplo, Mindstorms, Erector, Tinker Toys, or Capsela, they are a staple of creative building that never age. They just might go into hibernation as other things come along (like dating, working, cooking, life). But they are there waiting for discovery!
It turns out that it is SUPER easy to interface Crickit to the motors that come with Capsela kits. The guide builds robotics from a couple of kits and looks at what automation opportunities are possible. The robots are programmed in Microsoft MakeCode which makes it super easy to get started controlling your project in just minutes (and we mean that).
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