I decided to convert a Polaroid instant camera—the sort that spits out self-developing paper photographs—into a digital camera. Initially, I was planning to stop there: If I wanted to print out any of the photos I would simply grab them via a wireless connection. But I felt that wasn’t in the spirit of a Polaroid, so I began researching printers. Once I found out that Adafruit sold the guts of a thermal printer for US $40—just the print head and driver board from a thermal receipt machine—I immediately knew it was perfect for adding instant photographs.
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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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