#AdafruitLearningSystem Weekly Update: Zelda Edition

This week on the Adafruit Learning System, we published only one new guide, but we updated a couple others. Learn all about the new Adafruit Slider Trinkey and the Adafruit PiTFT 2.8″ Touchscreen Display for the Raspberry Pi, or learn about CircuitPython on Linux and Raspberry Pi.

Waiting for BotW2

After seeing the second trailer for Breath of the Wild 2 last week, I couldn’t be more excited to dive back into that universe. Unfortunately, it looks like it could be more than a year before we see BotW2. Thankfully the Adafruit Learning System is filled with amazing Zelda projects to scratch that itch.

Most of the Zelda projects on the Learning System were created by the Ruiz Brothers. If you haven’t already seen these Zelda projects, you are in for a treat.

See them all right here!

Favorite New Guide

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This weeks favorite new guide also happens to be the only new guide. Thankfully, it is all about a great new product, the Adafruit Slider Trinkey!

It’s half USB Key, half Adafruit Trinket, half mini slide pot… it’s Slider Trinkey, the circuit board with a Trinket M0 heart, NeoPixel glow, and a 35mm long 10KΩ slide potentiometer.

The PCB is designed to slip into any USB A port on a computer or laptop. There’s an ATSAMD21 microcontroller on board with just enough circuitry to keep it happy. One pin of the microcontroller connects to the middle of the slide potentiometer as an analog input. Another connects to two NeoPixel LEDs. The third pin can be used as a capacitive touch input. A reset button lets you enter bootloader mode if necessary. That’s it!

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 from back in 2015.

Keeping with the Zelda theme, the Ruiz Brothers show us how to 3D print Link’s Hylian Shield (and wooden sword)!

In this project, we’re 3D printing Link’s Hylian Shield from The Legend of Zelda. This is over 450mm long and prints in just 2 parts. Now you can build the shield to go along with Link’s wooden sword.


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