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Circuit Playground digital fidget spinner with Tony D!

A digital fidget spinner built with Adafruit’s Circuit Playground classic and express boards. This fidget spinner has no moving parts and uses an accelerometer to detect flicks and animates the spinner motion around 10 NeoPixels on the board. You can press buttons to change the color and type of spinner animation too! The video walks through how to run the fidget spinner on a board and how the code and algorithm works. This version of the spinner uses Arduino and the Arduino programming languge, but stay tuned for a future version using CircuitPython and Circuit Playground Express!  

Circuit Walker Sneakers pt. 1: Accelerometer Filtering w/ Tony D!

part 1 in a series to build step-reactive light-up Circuit Walker Sneakers with Circuit Playground. Using the accelerometer and NeoPixels built into Circuit Playground classic and express you can build sneakers that light up with each step. This first video looks at the step detection algorithm and how to apply filtering to accelerometer values for basic step detection.  

Circuit Walker Sneakers pt. 3: CircuitPython & Circuit Playground Express with Tony D!

part 3 of the Circuit Walker Sneakers project. This is a CircuitPython version of the sneakers that are powered by Python code running on the Circuit Playground Express board. Learn about how to load the code and CircuitPython on a board, and how it works and how it was adapted from Arduino to run in a more constrained CircuitPython environment.  

Make With Python: Reprise of World Maker Faire 2017 Talk

Reprise of Tony D’s talk from World Maker Faire 2017 and Seattle Mini Maker Faire 2017, “Make With Python”. Learn about interesting hardware that you can program with the Python programming language. This talk describes what is the Python language and why you might want to use it instead of other languages or tools like Arduino. There are live demos of blinky things powered by Python code!  

VEX IQ Tip – Calibrating the Controller (Firmware v1.13+)

The VEX IQ Controller uses joysticks that may occasionally need to be calibrated for proper robot function. To access the controller calibration process, tether a Controller to a Robot Brain, press the “X” button on the Robot Brain home screen to access the settings menu, and select “Calibrate Controller.” Rotate each joystick 360 degrees.   Video updated in November 2014 to include instructions for Robot Brain Firmware v1.13 and Controller Firmware v1.04 (or higher).  

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