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Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Back to School Month, #deskofladyada, Video Conference Panic Buttons, MIDI drum kit 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.


BLOG

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August is Back to School Month!!
The summer heat is [hopefully] at it’s peak and the calendar just rolled over to August. Regardless of the setting, August is Back to School Month. Undoubtedly this year will be different from previous years; living rooms have become classrooms, PPE is the hot new item, and parents have a new found appreciation for the work of educators.

Whether you are a student, guardian or teacher we hope to share some helpful tools with you. We will be posting informative articles on our blog along with hand picked gift guides. Be sure to follow along and check back in!

More BLOG:


LEARN

Adafruit products PyRuler Panic
PyRuler Video Conference Panic Buttons

Make your PyRuler useful as a video conference panic button for multiple apps!

Have you ever been in a video chat, and had some kind of disaster happen that left you scrambling to mute and cut your video feed? I know I have – the most recent being when I spilled hot coffee on my lap. PANIC!
This project was inspired by Simon Prickett’s Zoom Panic Button, which allows a user to both mute and cut video at the push of an arcade switch embedded in a Starbucks cup.

See more!

More LEARN

Browse all that’s new in the Adafruit Learning System here!



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