This year, the Raspberry Pi Pico was launched. This was the first Raspberry Pi microcontroller (featuring their own silicon, no less!) and it immediately made me think of my old project. Could this be the low-power device I was looking for? Could this device which didn’t have the boot-up time of the regular Raspberry Pi and with no SD card to corrupt, be the thing that I had been looking for?
Both Adafruit and Pimoroni products are very high quality (and they’re not cheap!) and they have a lot of support available in terms of tutorials and libraries. For the Adafruit products, there is one trade-off – you need to use their fork of MicroPython (called CircuitPython) in order to get the most out of their support material. More on this decision later! For the Pimoroni products, I just had to make sure that there were Adafruit CircuitPython libraries available for the bare components – which there are!
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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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