Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Azure, CircuitPython, micro:bit beta testing, Updated learn guides, Eye on NPI 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.
many many years ago we developed and sold a pair of products called ez-key (https://www.adafruit.com/product/1535) and ez-link (https://www.adafruit.com/product/1588) that implemented bluetooth classic HID and SPP respectively. they were popular because we actually did the two ‘right’ – with SPP having control lines for remote programming of boards that would normally use the RTS/DTR/CTS lines for auto-reset control.
to do the initial development we had to source CSR chipset BT modules, get them FCC certified and then develop for them using the very-unpleasant-and-totally-nda’d CSR firmware package and IDE. and then our module supplier closed shop and everything got extremely annoying to replace and recertify and we ended up discontinuing the line.
In the NAU7802 Food Scale Learn Guide, you can build a food scale using CircuitPython, a NAU7802 STEMMA board and a strain gauge. In this guide, you’ll take that project and connect it to Microsoft Azure to log the weight measurements over time. Additionally, you’ll setup a text alert when it looks like you need to refill the food container.
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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.
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