Levitating linguine, Ladyada is on the blog today, and we could not be more elated! Limor “Ladyada” Fried is a fierce force in the electronics and making world—and a badass businesswoman to boot. As the founder and CEO of open-source hardware company Adafruit Industries, Limor’s influence on DIY and tech is immeasurably massive.
In fact, it’s impossible discuss hardware or the open-source community without talking about Adafruit Industries and the woman who created it, and trust us, by the end of this interview, you’ll be dreaming up a new project to build—all thanks to Limor Fried!
Limor founded Adafruit Industries in 2005. Prior to that, she’d been selling kits she built from her website while studying at MIT. Now, the NYC-based company offers nearly 4,000 products along with over 1500 guides as well as many other resources including the Adafruit Blog.
Adafruit publishes a wide range of writing and video content, including interviews and reporting on the maker market and the wider technology world. Our standards page is intended as a guide to best practices that Adafruit uses, as well as an outline of the ethical standards Adafruit aspires to. While Adafruit is not an independent journalistic institution, Adafruit strives to be a fair, informative, and positive voice within the community – check it out here: adafruit.com/editorialstandards
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.
Have an amazing project to share? The Electronics Show and Tell is every Wednesday at 7pm ET! To join, head over to YouTube and check out the show’s live chat – we’ll post the link there.