Check out the latest tutorial from Erin St. Blaine: create a series of gorgeous glass bottles with NeoPixel lights inside, and control them all at once using a Circuit Playground Express. This is a stunningly beautiful project that will turn any room into a magical fairyland. From the guide:
There’s something magical about fairy lights in bottles. They evoke dreams of endless summer nights: catching fireflies at the bottom of the garden, telling ghost stories by firelight, or cuddling up with a book while a thunderstorm rages outside.
This project uses a Circuit Playground Express to control nine beautiful, crafty fairy bottles hanging from the branches of an indoor tree sculpture. Capacitive touch metal buttons select color modes based on the four seasons: a relaxing rainbow for summer, flickering candlelight for autumn, raindrops and lighting for winter, and a beautiful energetic and colorful animation for spring.
See the full tutorial on the Adafruit Learning System:
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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.
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