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NEW GUIDE: Vertical Wordclock with Feather M4 & CircuitPython #circuitpython

This NEW GUIDE shows how to create your own simple word clock. This vertical version on the ever-popular wordclock spells out the time by illuminating rows of words.

Reading from top to bottom, any five minute increment of time can be spelled out by illuminating some combination of these rows. (Credit to Twitter user @3d0g for this concept.)

This project uses a laser engraved piece of acrylic paired with a cardboard stand and is lit by a strip of NeoPixels powered by a Feather M4 Express board with a Precision Real Time Clock FeatherWing keeping time even if the clock is disconnected from power.

A great beginner guide to learn about coding with CircuitPython!

Learn how to build your own Vertical Wordclock on the Adafruit Learn System.


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