Make: Vol. 68 April / May 2019 is here! Guide to Boards! Tech Trend #1: The Push for Python @make @adafruit @circuitpython
Make: Vol. 68 April / May 2019 is here! Guide to Boards! Here are some of the highlights that include some Adafruit boards and more! Cover features: Metro Express, Feather and Circuit Playground, as well as FEATHER-compatible Particle and multiple Linux boards that can run BLINKA (CircuitPython for Linux).
Tech Trend #1: The Push for Python. Make’s overview of Python support for electronics, including Adafruit hardware and more, by Sam Brown.
“Were seeing a raft of Python-friendly boards in this year’s round-up of new microcontrollers. Leading the charge is Adafruit. In the last year they’ve launched Python-friendly “Express” versions of their top boards, from the tiny Trinket to the student-friendly Circuit Playground to the Arduino-like Metro and mega-sized Grand Central, and plenty more sizes in between. Whatever your project, Adafruit came out with a Python-capable board to match.”
The insert-compressive guide has a ton of boards out there and some excellent new entries to the maker and pro market. Also included “GENESIS OF A BOARD” with Ladyada!
Noe and Pedro’s MINI Mac project with CircuitPython powered Hallowing!
Caleb Kraft has an excellent round up of hardware used to make Props, including the Adafruit Prop-Maker FeatherWing AND the animated eyes bonnet. Also included in the prototyping boards section, Circuit Playground.
Zach Supalla, founder and CEO of particle, has an article on mesh networkable’ line of microcontrollers, particle. Particle has FEATHER compatible boards, and the latest ones can also run CircuitPython.
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.