Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Adafruit VL53L4CX Time of Flight Distance Sensor, Motorized potentiometer, RGB LED Matrix Cube with 25,000 LEDs and 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.


BLOG

Plug n play USB Type C dummy PD

Plug-n-play USB Type C dummy PD

USB C has a nifty power management system where, by default, you can get a classic 5V at 1A power out from a power supply or port, but with some fancy twiddling you can request higher voltages and currents. We’ve always wanted a simple breakout that could get you a range of voltages using just jumper pads, but didn’t have a lot of luck with IP2721. Then we found this chip – the HUSB238 (https://en.hynetek.com/pdsink.html) – used in a USB-to-DC cable and it seems kinda perfect! It can do 5V to 20V with just a resistor setting, and also set the current too. There’s also an I2C interface that can be used to set them, although its unclear if the settings are persistent – we’ll have to try it out. There’s a library here if you want to see what the registers are like (https://github.com/ltyridium/HUSB238-lib) here’s our draft for a breakout design. Whatcha think? Any other PD sink controllers you like to use?

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LEARN

RGB LED Matrix Cube with 25,000 LEDs

One can never have too many LEDs…but we won’t let that stop us from trying. This project brings together nearly 25,000 full-color LEDs in a mesmerizing, self-contained interactive cube, with the small-and-mighty Raspberry Pi 4 — the Altoids of computers — running the show. Possibly the most ostentatious project we’ve attempted!

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