Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: 30k Discord Members, Nelson Mandela Day, NYC Mesh, xxx & More!

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ADAFRUIT WEEKLY EDITORIAL ROUND-UP


We’ve got so much happening here at Adafruit that it’s not always easy to keep up! Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Each week we’ll be posting a handy round-up of what we’ve been up to, ranging from learn guides to blog articles, videos, and more.


BLOG

Nelson Mandela Day 2021

Every year on July 18th we celebrate Mandela Day. Inspired by Nelson Mandela and his sociopolitical leadership, the holiday asks us to change our communities.

Take a look at your neighborhood and nearby areas. Are you living in or near a food desert? Do the people in your community have access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables? Are the schools in your district properly funded with food programs and after-school activities? Is there adequate housing for members of your community and programs to end houselessness? Does everyone in your community have unlimited access to clean water?

Everyone deserves unconditional access to nutrient-dense food, safe housing, and clean water. What are you willing to do to make sure everyone has access?

Check out the full post here!

More BLOG:

Keeping with tradition, we covered quite a bit this past week. Here’s a kinda short nearing medium length list of highlights:


Learn

Adafruit MacroPad RP2040

Strap yourself in, we’re launching in T-minus 10 seconds…Destination? A new Class M planet called MACROPAD! M here, stands for Microcontroller because this 3×4 keyboard controller features the newest technology from the Raspberry Pi sector: say hello to the RP2040. It’s speedy little microcontroller with lots of GPIO pins and a 64 times more RAM than the Apollo Guidance Computer. We added 8 MB of flash memory for plenty of storage.

Get ready to upgrade your desk’s mission control station with a CircuitPython or Arduino powered Macropad – complete with 12 buttons, OLED display, speaker and rotary encoder. Customize it for your spacecraft to help guide you through the great reaches of the unknown. (Or just have it type out your favorite emojis.)

Each of the 12 sockets can accept a Cherry MX-compatible key switch. No soldering required, just snap it in! Use any key switch you like – but we recommend ones with slots that will allow the matching twelve NeoPixels underneath to shine through.

See the full guide here!

More LEARN:

Browse all that’s new in the Adafruit Learning System here!


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Maker Business — “Packaging” chips in the US

Wearables — Enclosures help fight body humidity in costumes

Electronics — Transformers: More than meets the eye!

Python for Microcontrollers — Python on Microcontrollers Newsletter: Silicon Labs introduces CircuitPython support, and more! #CircuitPython #Python #micropython @ThePSF @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit IoT Monthly — Guardian Robot, Weather-wise Umbrella Stand, and more!

Microsoft MakeCode — MakeCode Thank You!

EYE on NPI — Maxim’s Himalaya uSLIC Step-Down Power Module #EyeOnNPI @maximintegrated @digikey

New Products – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers! — #NewProds 7/19/23 Feat. Adafruit Matrix Portal S3 CircuitPython Powered Internet Display!

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