Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: A thermometer hat, PyPortal Quarantine Clock, The first Maker Faire was 15 years ago… and more!
ADAFRUIT WEEKLY EDITORIAL ROUND-UP
We’ve got so much happening here at Adafruit that it’s not always easy to keep up! Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Each week we’ll be posting a handy round-up of what we’ve been up to, ranging from learn guides to blog articles, videos, and more.
What were you doing 15 years ago? I was at the first Maker Faire as one of the MAKE team members, more folks showed up than we expected, it was amazing and kicked off over a decade of Maker Faires that are still being held around the world (and will again one day)… Here’s my post on the MAKE site from 15 years ago, none of the links work that go to news sites though 🙁
Do you know what day it is? Perhaps you’re finding yourself losing track of time and your routine is suffering. The PyPortal Quarantine Clock has got you covered! It only displays the essential “stay-at-home” information – the current day and a rough estimate of the time.
The PyPortal obtains the precise time from the internet using the PyPortal’s built-in WiFi module, then updates and displays an estimate of the time and date. The quarantine clock is programmed using CircuitPython and easily customizable.
Browse all that’s new in the Adafruit Learning System here!
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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.