Sunday, July 23, 2017

Circuit Playground Notes

Circuit Playground

It has:
  • 10 x mini NeoPixels, each one can display any rainbow color
  • 1 x Motion sensor (LIS3DH triple-axis accelerometer with tap detection, free-fall detection)
  • 1 x Temperature sensor (thermistor)
  • 1 x Light sensor (phototransistor)
  • 1 x Sound sensor (MEMS microphone)
  • 1 x Mini speaker (magnetic buzzer)
  • 2 x Push buttons, left and right
  • 1 x Slide switch
  • 8 x alligator-clip friendly input/output pins
  • Includes I2C, UART, and 4 pins that can do analog inputs/PWM output
  • All 8 pads can act as capacitive touch inputs
  • Green "ON" LED so you know its powered
  • Red "#13" LED for basic blinking
  • Reset button

To program it you can use the arduino ide.  There are lots of programs available that do fun stuff that you can just download and install but first you have to setup your computer so you can talk to the circuit playground.

If you are using windows you will need to install a driver:
They say just install ALL the drivers so you are ready for any of their boards.

Then you want to install the arduino ide:

It looks like they've made it really easy and you just have to click the green button (some of my clients have great difficulties following instructions like that but I have every confidence in you).

Then you need to follow the instructions on that page so it can get the details of the adafruit boards.

Then you have to install the circuit playground libraries:

And again you can click the green button.  You have to put that in your arduino sketches library folder.  

So this is their instructions for libraries but below I've pulled out the path for you and given you a link to the windows page so you can skip some info if you're bored/impatient.

as a windows user you need to know where to put it and then follow the windows instructions.
On Windows and Macintosh machines, the default name of the folder is "Arduino" and is located in your Documents folder.
This is a common source of confusion on Windows and Mac machines, your sketchbook folder is not named "sketchbook" it is named "Arduino"!
User installed libraries should go in a folder named "Libraries", located inside your sketchbook folder. This is where the IDE will look for user installed libraries. 
Windows instructions:

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