This week on the Adafruit Learning System we added 7 new guides, and we also saw a lot of guides that were updated and refreshed. John Park’s series of guides using the LED matrix to create a wide range of internet connected signs were updated to include steps to make it easier to get started with the new Adafruit Matrix Portal boards.
The Adafruit Learning System now has 2309 published guides! As you can imagine, some amazing guides of years past get buried and lost. ALS Deep Cuts brings these guides back up to the surface.
This week’s Deep Cut is a guide from all the way back in June of 2017. Perfect as a Halloween decoration, John Park’s Mystery Box: The Haunted Radio guide shows you how to “Breathe spooky life into an old radio by adding a Feather microcontroller to read the dial and play mysterious sounds and music!”
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.