ADAFRUIT WEEKLY EDITORIAL ROUND-UP
We’ve got so much happening here at Adafruit that it’s not always easy to keep up! Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Each week we’ll be posting a handy round-up of what we’ve been up to, ranging from learn guides to blog articles, videos, and more.
Adafruit’s HalloWing, an MCU Optimized for Halloween Projects.
…Adafruit Industries have done something really special this year. They’ve created the HalloWing, what they describe as basically a tricked-out Feather microcontroller that has been optimized for running Halloween projects.
The skull-shaped circuit board has a full-color TFT display, light and motion sensors, 8 megs of storage for plenty of sound effects and video, a speaker driver for sound output, JST ports for LED strips, and a lot more. It supports both Arduino and CircuitPython programming environments.
These are all of the sorts of handy features you would want on a controller driving effects for a costume or Halloween haunts project. It even comes with a creepy eyeball video already loaded (which I plan on making use of in my costume).
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Jack-o’-LED·trix: Use a string of diffused pixels and a push button to create a new take on a jack-o-lantern sure to entertain trick-or-treaters and guests at your next Halloween party.
This is a great beginner project if you’re new to soldering or microcontrollers. You can use a real pumpkin (aka “cucurbita pepo”) or a fake foam pumpkin (aka a “funkin”) to create a reusable and unique piece of decor.
I used an Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE board to drive the 3-pin pixels on my Jack-o’-LED·trix this year. The example code will compile on a number of different boards, including the following.. See the full guide here!
- Feather Waveform Generator in CircuitPython
- Tiny Museum Tour Device
- Easy Sparkle Pocket T-Shirt
- HalloWing Case
Browse all that’s new in the Adafruit Learning System here!