NYC Maker Week: Hanging with Adafruit @make @msenese @adafruit
Mike Senese, the Executive Editor of Make: magazine, writes:
The entire Adafruit team is incredibly busy, having become one of the top manufacturing entities in New York City over the course of its 13-year existence…. Adafruit’s offices are in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood, with the bulk of manufacturing happening on the top floor of a 10-story building. It’s a full production facility, with electronics being mass-produced, tested, boxed, and shipped from the space.
Large, automated machines dominate one side of the floor; rows of shelves warehousing parts and more take up the space on the other. In the middle is where many of the employees work, with assembly and testing stations throughout. And in the middle of it all sits the desk of Adafruit founder Limor Fried, where she works relentlessly.
I got a tour of the space as we caught up about the latest details of the company and of the maker community — Adafruit’s success has given Limor and team a unique perspective of how the movement has developed and where it’s headed. Then we called it a night and headed out. I left even more impressed than I was before the visit.
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.