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Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Back to School Month, Native American Code Talkers Day, RGB Matrix Automatic YouTube ON AIR Sign, & more!

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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

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

RGB Matrix Automatic YouTube ON AIR Sign

When your favorite YouTube channel is streaming this sign will let you know, in gorgeous Art Deco inspired style!

You’ll code it with CircuitPython, and the board’s built-in WiFi will allow it to check the YouTube Data API to find out when a channel is livestreaming! Then, it’ll light up the RGB LED matrix display with “OFF AIR” or “ON AIR” depending on the current status.
You’ll use a beautiful bitmap font and custom line drawing graphics routines to make if fancy. Read more.

More LEARN

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



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