What a cutie pie! Or is it… a QT Py? This diminutive dev board comes with one of our new favorite chip, the RP2040. It’s been made famous in the new Raspberry Pi Pico and our Feather RP2040 and ItsyBitsy RP2040, but what if we wanted something really smol?
Using these programmable connections, you can light lights, make noises, send text to screens, and much more. In Get Started with MicroPython on Raspberry Pi Pico, you will learn how to use the beginner-friendly language MicroPython to write programs and connect up hardware to make your Raspberry Pi Pico interact with the world around it. Using these skills, you can create your own electro-mechanical projects, whether for fun or to make your life easier.
Secure your project with biometrics – this adorably tiny, all-in-one, optical fingerprint sensor will make adding fingerprint detection and verification super simple. It’s extremely slim, with a plastic casing that can be glued or panel mounted into any enclosure! There are some embedded blue LEDs that light up the outer casing when the sensor is waiting for finger touches.
Extend and expand your Circuit Playground projects with a bolt-on E-Ink Gizmo that lets you add a lovely tri-color e-Ink display in a sturdy and reliable fashion. This PCB looks just like a round E-Ink breakout but has permanently affixed M3 standoffs that act as mechanical and electrical connections.
Bosch has been a leader in barometric pressure sensors, from the BMP085. BMP180, and BMP280… now we’ve got the next generation, the Adafruit BMP388 Precision Barometric Pressure sensor. As you would expect, this sensor is similar to its earlier versions but even better. The BMP388 has better precision than ever, which makes it excellent for environmental sensing or as a precision altimeter. It can even be used in either I2C and SPI configurations.
This little buck converter based on the TPS62827 is super handy, taking up to 5.5V input and providing a 3.3V output with up to 2A current. It’s great for supplying power to hungry 3.3V voltage circuits from a range of battery or power options. This chip provides up to 2 Amp load current across the entire input voltage range of 3.4 to 5.5V. It’s not a huge range but does cover LiPoly batteries, 3 alkalines, and USB power.
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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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