Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Pretty Pins, QT Py with CH552, New Music Alert, Soundboard Speaker for Bikes & Scooters & More
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.
We like to use our Pretty Pins generator to make lovely and *accurate* diagrams of dev boards. It starts with the Fritzing object (which is generated from the original Eagle files), and then cross references the Arduino and CircuitPython variant definition file to get the true pin names of each exposed pad and signal. Finally it looks up the multiplexing functionality for that gpio pin on the chip in a spreadsheet to generate the lovely label boxes.
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