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NEW GUIDE: Lucky Cat (maneki-neko) #CircuitPlaygroundExpress #AdafruitLearningSystem #Adafruit @Adafruit

A new guide in the Adafruit Learning System: Make your own waving Lucky Cat (maneki-neko) with a Circuit Playground Express and a servo motor.

Pick your favorite depiction of maneki-neko from the Internet or draw your own. Back with cardboard, download the code with MakeCode or CircuitPython (your choice) and presto!

See the new guide here.

What’s the scoop on Lucky Cats?  Via Wikipedia:

The maneki-neko (Japanese: 招き猫, literally “beckoning cat“) is a common Japanese figurine (lucky charm, talisman) which is often believed to bring good luck to the owner. In modern times, they are usually made of ceramic or plastic. The figurine depicts a cat (traditionally a calico Japanese Bobtail) beckoning with an upright paw, and is usually displayed in—often at the entrance of—shops, restaurants, pachinko parlors, and other businesses. Some of the sculptures are electric or battery-powered and have a slow-moving paw beckoning.

Maneki-neko comes in different colors, styles and degrees of ornateness. Common colors are white, black, gold and sometimes red. In addition to ceramic figurines, maneki-neko can be found as keychains, piggy banks, air fresheners, house-plant pots, and miscellaneous ornaments, as well as large statues. It is also sometimes incorrectly called the “Chinese lucky cat” because of its popularity among Chinese merchants.

Lucky Cat art, design by freepik - www.freepik.com, free to use credited to freepik
Lucky Cat art, design by freepik – www.freepik.com, free to use credited to freepik


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