#AdafruitLearningSystem Weekly Update: Random Edition

While this week saw few new guides posted, there were a lot of guides that saw major updates. We also added in a fun new feature that should help shine some light on some of our best old guides that you may have missed.

New Feature: Random

The Adafruit Learning System now has over 2,400 guides. With that many guides, many of our best guides can easily get buried. We thought it would be fun to have a button that would just bring up a random guide when clicked. Notice the weird dice icon? Give it a click/tap and see what guide pops. I have been digging through learning system guides since we launched it over 8 years ago, and I can’t believe how many guides I don’t remember. I mean, how did I miss the disco band jacket from 2019?

Favorite New Guide

This week’s favorite new guide is the Adafruit MagTag COVID Vaccination Percentage Tracker.

Vaccinations for COVID are well underway in most countries, and what better way to keep track of vaccinations for your country or region than with a battery-powered, refrigerator magnet that’s connected to the internet. This project makes use of the eInk display and the internet capabilities of the ESP32-S2 to automatically display and update the latest vaccination numbers on your Adafruit MagTag.

ALS Deep Cut

With so many guides on the Adafruit Learning System, some amazing guides of years past get buried and lost. ALS Deep Cuts brings these guides back up to the surface. This week’s guide is another by Phil B from back in 2013.

Affordable HAL 9000 Replica

The Pareto Principle — also known as the 80/20 Rule — is the idea (originally from economics, but now applied in many ways) that 80% of results stem from 20% of the effort.

Devoted film fans will spend countless hours and hundreds of dollars (occasionally even thousands) to create flawless replica props for their personal collections. The iconic eye of HAL 9000 from 2001: a Space Odyssey is one such object of desire…popular enough that detailed (and pricey) licensed reproductions exist. This is cool stuff! But if we relax our criteria just a bit, you or I can turn out a pretty decent, recognizable facsimile in a weekend for just a small fraction of the cost. The 80/20 rule in action!

We’re not selling a prop or even a kit here…that would raise a big licensing stink, so please don’t ask. What follows are some ideas on creating one yourself. Much like our not-a-Back-to-the-Future-clock project, the concept came about when customers noted that a component already in our shop resembled an unrelated film item — in this case, our Massive Red Arcade Button and HAL’s distinctive lens.

Guide Updates

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This week there were some big updates to the AirLift guides, PyPortal guide, and the MatrixPortal M4 guide. Head over to the new guides page to check out what else is new!


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