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Ruby the Red LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin: Ruby the Red LED is the ingénue of the group, and something of a Pollyanna. She is the youngest, the most talkative, and gets easily excited about everything. Ruby has a lot of energy and she’s always ready to go on an adventure. Ruby’s wanderlust sometimes gets her in trouble. Her best friend is Mho, the resistor, who shares her idealism without sharing her urgency or naiveté. Ruby speaks with a super excited young girl’s voice who talks really, really fast. Her catchphrases are “superriffic!”, “let’s go adventurizing!” and other hybrid superlatives. Read more.
Billie the Blue LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin: Billie the Blue LED doesn’t just sing the blues, she lives the blues. Billie has a good heart, and sings the blues just like Billie Holiday. That means she sometimes sees glass as half-empty (even when it’s full), and shies away from trying new things. Billie has a big-sister relationship with Ruby and admires her enthusiasm. Billie sings and speaks in a rough and breathy alto. Her catchphrase is “it’s enough to make a girl feel kinda blue…”, typically before breaking into song. Read more.
Gus the Green LED Limited Edition Enamel Pin: Gus the Green LED is the smartest member of the group but also the most coarse. Gus is the closest thing to an engineer in the group: he is pragmatic, realistic and somewhat world-weary, but not a total downer. He will sometimes cut people off mid-sentence because he is impatient, not because he’s trying to be mean or rude. Gus will occasionally make pithy observations that shed light on some problem or other. He is a sort of older brother figure to Ruby. He often says things like “that ain’t gonna work” or “maybe we should do somethin’ else.” His catchphrase is “don’t go nuts,” typically in response to some crazy scheme, though he is usually ignored. Read more.
Crickit Sticker Sheet: Who is this adorable little bug in Blinka-purple sneakers? Yes, it’s a new member of the Adafruit family! Please give a warm welcome to Crickit, a chirping cyber creature who will gladly help you with all the robotics projects in your maker imagination! This sheet features three shiny, vibrant stickers. Goes great with any of our Adafruit Crickit boards. Perfect for laptops or the workbench! Read more.
GPIO Stacking Header for Pi A+/B+/Pi 2/Pi 3 – Extra-long 2×20 Pins: Connect your own PCB to a Raspberry Pi B+ and stack on top with this normal-height female header with extra long pins. The female header part is about 8.5mm tall, good for small HATs that do not to clear the USB/Ethernet jacks. This header has extra long 10mm pins, compared with our plain version which is the same base height but has 3mm header pins instead. With 10mm you can have a HAT that has extra pins to stack another HAT on top! Read more.
Plastic Pop Rivets for Cardboard Crafts (20-pack): Enter the world of cardboard construction and build playful robot friends!
Instead of slapping on tape or waiting for your hot glue to warm up, you can use these Large Plastic Rivets! So easy to install. Just poke them through the cardboard and fasten with the back piece. This will ensure clean, movable joints and attachments. You can even remove them with some effort (but they’ll hold as long as you don’t pry them apart). Read more.
64×32 Flexible RGB LED Matrix – 4mm Pitch: If you’ve played with multiplexed RGB matrices, you may have wondered “hey, could we possibly manufacture these on a thin enough PCB, so it’s flexible?” and the answer is Yes! This LED panel is just like rigid 64×32 style ones, but without the plastic supports. This matrix has a thin, bendable PCB backing that can be gently bent and curved around surfaces. Read more.
Adafruit RGB Matrix Shield for Arduino: RGB matricies are dazzling, with their hundreds or even thousands of individual RGB LEDs. Compared to NeoPixels, they’ve got great density, power usage and the price-per-LED can’t be beat. But…(isn’t there always a but?) You need to use our special library to control them and they require a bunch of wires to be plugged in. Tougher than a single-wire connection for sure. Read more.
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