HackSpace magazine is celebrating its fourth year in print, and I’m happy to have been a little part of that history, having written over 40 Best of Breed roundups, and even a build here and there. I decided to look back at some of my early reviews, and I thought it was about time I revisited my favourite microcontroller ecosystem, the Adafruit Feather.
It’s been years since we last did a dedicated roundup, and there have been so many new products launched that it warrants a second look. In fact, I could do several Best of Breed articles and I’d still only cover a small percentage of the new products!
“Wouldn’t it be great if, instead of collecting shields, HATs, PMODs, Clicks, Booster Packs, Props… you could have a cross-compatible platform? Something that doesn’t force you into one chipset?” – Limor Fried (Ladyada)
Limor sent me some interesting links, and in true inclusive Adafruit fashion, it included a variety of Feather boards from a wide range of companies – indie makers, startups, and larger established brands.
Limor continues to be the catalyst for growing and celebrating the community. It’s just another reason why so many people love Adafruit’s products, myself included!
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.