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 http://www.mouser.com/new/adafruit/adafruit-circuit- playground/.
Mouser / Adafruit Circuit Playground
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