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we wanted to build some projects that have a small screen and a lot of sensors. this board has a 1.3″ 240×240 ips tft display, two buttons, and a ton of sensors:
lsm series 9 dof motion, apds9960 light/color/proximity, pdm microphone, humidity, temperature and barometric environmental sensing.
there’s a qwiic/stemmaqt connector for adding more sensors like pm2.5 air quality and others that were too big to fit on the board.
we’ll be primarily using circuitpython for programming it, but it will also work in arduino. and of course, we’d love to see makecode on it!
after designing it, the board was close enough to micro:bit-shape-size that we moved a few parts to make it fit in micro:bit robots and some projects – the nrf52840 is a big upgrade chip and can do stuff like tensorflow lite for microcontrollers, ble central and peripheral, and more.
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That board looks SO awesome. And the fact that you’re making it micro:bit size! Could make some really AWESOME robots with it!!
Thanks for continuing to innovate, Lady Ada!
Hi, this is a great upgrade from the classic micro:bit! Is the pin layout P0-P2, 3V and GND the same? If that is the case, it will work with the Air:bit drone (assuming that was the one you were referring to). High res screen and Baro will be a neat add on for altitude hold and data analysis. Can´t wait to try it!