#AdafruitLearningSystem Weekly Update: Game Show Edition

This week on the Adafruit Learning System, we published a few new fun guides, and updated a couple others. Learn all about the new Adafruit NeoKey 1×4 QT I2C Breakout, create a DIY Quiz Show Controller, Program the RP2040 in Arduino, and learn all about the new Adafruit Tinkey QT2040!

DIY Game Show

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This week Dylan Herrada published a new guide showing us how to create a neat DIY quiz show controller system. The system is really well designed, with 3d printed enclosures, and it uses the Circuit Playground Bluefruit to communicate with a computer or mobile device.

Reading through this guide, I wondered if there were any other game show style guides on the Adafruit Learning System. After a bit of digging, I found the Press Your Button game by Roberto Marquez, the Wireless Game Show Poppers guide by itaparacade, and my favorite, the PyPortal Trivia Time with the Open Trivia Database.

While the Wireless Game Show Poppers guide may use equipment that is no longer for sale, I still find it to be a good resource to learn how to modify and hack existing technology to create something new.

Favorite New Guide

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This weeks favorite new guide is all about the fun new Adafruit NeoKey 1×4 QT I2C Breakout!

The only thing better than a nice mechanical key is, perhaps, FOUR mechanical keys that also can glow any color of the rainbow – and that’s what the Adafruit NeoKey 1×4 QT I2C Breakout will let you do! This long 3″ x 0.8″ PCB fits four Cherry MX or compatible switches and make it easy to use with a breadboard/perfboard or with a STEMMA QT (Qwiic) connector for instant I2C connectivity on any platform.

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.

Yet another game show recreated with some basic parts, learn how to create your own Press Your Luck game!

Remember the game show “Press Your Luck”? You can now play a version at home with this DIY Raspberry Pi project. The project uses Raspberry Pi GPIO to detect button presses for game of chance and display the game board on a TV


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