Teeny tiny communication devices that you can pin to your chest, strap to your arm, or pop into your ear have long been a sci-fi trope. While wrist-worn “two-way radios” have mostly either been toys or the result of movie magic, we’ve finally reached the point where it’s possible to actually build wearable technology that functions how people have envisioned for decades.
Thanks to the amazing open-source hardware community, the technology to build advanced, connected devices is cheaper and easier than ever before!
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Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.
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