Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Celebrating Juneteenth, Best of Hands, PaperCraft Crystal Light Strand and RGB Matrix Slot Machine
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.
We posted history, news, and support of Juneteenth all day long! June 19 is Juneteenth; a celebration of the emancipation of the last slaves in the US.
Fold beautiful crystal light covers for our NeoPixel Dot Strand and make them glow with 4 Animation Modes
Crystals catch our eye and our imagination like no other substance on earth. These unique structures are sought out and prized in almost every culture. Spiritualists and scientists alike have a fascination with crystals — the way they catch the light is unlike anything else on earth. They are rare and beautiful, and they resonate with us on so many levels.
These paper crafted crystals are a remarkable facsimile of the real thing. Their iridescence and faceted “occlusions” evoke a feeling of deep caverns, mystical seers and fortresses of solitude in my imagination. I just can’t stop making them! They are oh so satisfying to fold, and oh so satisfying to hold.
Add a strand of twinkly NeoPixels, and we’ve got a perfect recipe for magic.
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.