Hans is one of our more popular Circuit Playground characters! Here’s a bit about this wonderful chip
Hans is the ‘old man’ of the group. He tends to be nervous and is often indecisive. Hans frequently changes his mind, and is a little fidgety (he oscillates) when he’s not moving around. He is very meticulous and precise in other ways; Hans does not like to compromise, preferring to be in a steady state until a dramatic change is called for. Hans speaks with the voice of a kindly old man with a Swiss-German accent, though his voice can become more nasally when he’s upset or feels strongly about something. His catchphrase is “maybe so, but perhaps not.”
About the 555:
The 555 timer IC was designed by Hans Camenzind in 1971. It consists of two threshold triggers, an RS flip-flop, and an output buffer. The 555 provides an easy, reliable way to create rectangular waveforms of adjustable pulse width and frequency by using different external component values.
The Adafruit team is getting ready to film the next episode of “Circuit Playground, C is for Capacitor”. Previous episodes included: “A is for Ampere” and “B is for Battery” – as we move through A to Z of electronics, we are introducing new characters we think you will love. Meet Cappy!
Cappy is the de facto leader of the group. He is always coming up with crazy schemes. A running joke is that his capacitance value changes depending on his mood. Cappy speaks in a West County English accent (a traditional ‘pirate’ accent). His catchphrase is “smooth sailing.”
Adafruit is filled with artists, musicians, engineers, crafters, writers and even puppeteers – so for each character we have open tryouts within the company, it’s a fun process and we wanted to share this with you. Enjoy!
We were recently approached by TV network(s) to do the show just for TV but we decided we want to do this ourselves and produce it for you with just the Adafruit team. As services like YouTube are used more and more (and on TV) we know the show is viewed on many TVs now!
The lemon battery is one of the most popular science experiments for kids. It features in Episode 2: B is for Battery of Circuit Playground by LadyAda from AdaFruit Industries. When my kids watched this episode they of course wanted to make a lemon battery.
It’s a quick and fun experiment to do and kids can get really involved with it. When their cousin visited we had fun doing the experiment. We used a mixture of lemons and limes – any acidic citrus fruit will work nicely.
“B is for Battery” – Circuit Playground Episode 2! Learn all about electronics and how to make a lemon battery with Ladyada and ADABOT!
“A is for Ampere” – Circuit Playground Episode 1! Learn all about electronics with Ladyada, ADABOT and special guests! Ampere describes the number of electrons that flow through a circuit in one second. It is named after Andre-Marie Ampere. Learn more: http://www.adafruit.com/coloringbook
“B is for Battery” – Circuit Playground Episode 2! Learn all about electronics and how to make a lemon battery is about to be released! – Subscribe to Adafruit on YouTube to see it first! http://adafru.it/subscribe
“A is for Ampere” – Circuit Playground Episode 1! Learn all about electronics with Ladyada, ADABOT and special guests! Ampere describes the number of electrons that flow through a circuit in one second. It is named after André-Marie Ampère Learn more: http://www.adafruit.com/coloringbook
It’s hard to beat classic episodes of “Sesame Street” for timeless, near-universal educational appeal, but engineer and Adafruit Industries founder Limor Fried still saw an unmet need in the educational-video space. “We looked around and didn’t see an ‘Elmo for engineering’ or a kid’s show that celebrated science and engineering,” she tells Co.Design. “Every kid seems to have a cell phone or a tablet, but they know more about SpongeBob than how a LED works on the device or TV they’re watching, and we wanted to change that.” So she and her team at Adafruit created Circuit Playground, a Youtube series that combines chirpy puppets with hackery know-how. Here’s the first episode, “A is for Ampere”:
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Adafruit’s new kid’s show is here! Circuit Playground “A is for Ampere” – Episode 1, learn all about electronics with Ladyada, ADABOT and special guests! ￼Ampere describes the number of electrons that flow through a circuit in one second. It is named after Andre-Marie Ampere – http://adafruit.com/coloringbook/
Ladyada – Limor Fried
Andre-Marie Ampere – Collin Cunningham
ADABOT – Collin Cunningham & Phil Torrone, Puppet by Anney Fresh, design by Bruce Yan
Music: Tom White & Collin Cunningham
Intro animation – Bruce Yan
Written, filmed, edited, directed and produced by – Collin Cunningham, Limor Fried, Phil Torrone and the Adafruit team
Awww, You make me blush. Wouldn’t it be cool to animate your Adafruit Circuit Playground electronic component plushie? I have Ruby the Red LED plushie. I wanted it to light up and have it respond to sound. Here is an easy mod to get that done. Sorry, no lasers this time.
Probably wouldn’t really be considered old-school soft circuits but probably more of a hybrid, electronics in a softshell case. I still have a bobbin of conductive thread I need to do something with. Note that this was a first attempt in trying to do a mod with stuff I had on hand but I will offer suggestions on what you should do to get a more satisfactory result.