Adafruit’s STEM and Wearables-Focused Circuit Playground Now Available from Mouser Electronics

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June 28, 2016 – Mouser Electronics, Inc. is now stocking the Circuit Playground from Adafruit. This all-

in-one board includes built-in sensors and LEDs, offering an easy platform to practice programming on

real hardware without the need to solder components in place.

Adafruit’s Circuit Playground, available from Mouser Electronics, is a round electronics platform

with 14 alligator-clip pads for easy access to power and inputs and outputs (I/O). The eight non-power

pads can also act as capacitive touch pads, which designers can control by toggling a digital pin

addressing the resistor as pullup, pulldown, or floating. This small but powerful board features an Atmel

ATmega32u4 processor (just like Adafruit’s popular wearable platform, Flora), and incorporates

programming based on the Arduino integrated development environment (IDE) through its built-in USB

interface, which allows designers to program the board directly through its micro-USB port. The Circuit

Playground also offers built-in USB HID support, which means the board can act like a mouse or

keyboard to attach directly to computers.

The Circuit Playground includes a host of onboard components, including 10 NeoPixels — tiny

RGB LEDs with integrated driver — temperature and light sensors, and a MEMS microphone. The

board’s triple-axis accelerometer detects tilt, gravity, and motion, as well as tap and double tap strikes

on the board. The board requires an input voltage of just 3.3V, which offers designers a choice of

power sources raging from USB, AAA battery pack, or rechargeable Li-poly batteries for portable

designs, such as wearables.

To learn more, visit playground/.

Mouser / Adafruit Circuit Playground


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