Machine learning used to be the preserve of university research departments with money to burn on high-power, high-cost kit – but not any more! Thanks to a new breed of affordable dev boards, anyone can get in on the act at pocket money prices. We’ve trawled the makersphere for the best, most creative machine learning projects to show just what can be done. The future of machine learning is awesome – and it’s here right now!
Light painting — incredible images created with a Raspberry Pi, LEDs, and the passage of time
Matt Stultz — 3D printing guru on Prusa, printing and the pandemic
Lathe gearbox — use a Raspberry Pi Pico to control the speed of a spinny thing
Christmas PCBs – get into the festive mood with custom flashing decorations
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.