Adafruit Weekly Editorial Round-Up: Circuit Pyrate, Retro Tech, Fisher-Price USB Controller, Feather RP2040 ThinkInk 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.


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yaaarrr! a Circuit Pyrate is ready to be your best mate on the hacking seas

we recently sold out of our stock of Bus Pirates https://github.com/BusPirate/Bus_Pirate and when we booked a reorder we found it’s currently unavailable with no ETA for re-stocking. it made us think about revisiting this design, perhaps using an RP2040 instead: with native USB and CircuitPython and PIO it might be easier to add new protocols! we did do a “Circuit Pyrate” draft many years ago but it was based on the SAMD21 and we quickly ran out of space – another thing the RP2040 would excel at.

parsing data is something that Python does very well, and tannewt already has VT100 control code support for the REPL status bar, so we’re having a go at re-implementing the UX in native python by instantiating a secondary ‘data only’ CDC UART endpoint https://learn.adafruit.com/customizing-usb-devices-in-circuitpython/circuitpy-midi-serial#usb-serial-console-repl-and-data-3096590 The default REPL can then be enabled or disabled with the onboard slide switch.

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LEARN

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Fisher-Price USB Controller

Toy manufacturers are releasing children’s toys which mimic items a child may see in later life. Often in bright colors with smiley faces, they are so cute! But they’re usually not functional other than for novelty. Why not make them work as their more functional counterparts?

This guide will show you how to turn a Fisher-Price sensory toy into a fully-functional USB controller compatible with Nintendo Switch, as well as devices supporting XInput and DirectInput USB controllers. You’ll only need basic soldering skills and the ability to drag-and-drop a file to program the microcontroller.

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