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Chris Young’s IRIO Board Makes IR Control Easy

Infrared devices are everywhere – and now it’s easy to control them thanks to our member, Chris Young, and his IRIO board.  It’s a simple device that allows any microcontroller to send and receive IR signals which makes it easy to control your environment.

You can control:

  • TV & Cable Boxes
  • Satellite Dish Receivers
  • Digital Cameras
  • Remote Control Cars, Drones, etc.
  • Computer Mouse & Keyboards
  • And Much More

Chris wrote a great guide published on the Adafruit Learning Center that you can find here.

Bonus Tip:

If you’re looking at learning to solder to PCB boards, this is a great project, and Chris & Bill put together a video showing just how to it!

AT Hand Raiser using Adafruit Trinket M0

This great little project was inspired by Michelle Brosse in the Facebook Group: she was heading to college and couldn’t get the professor’s attention.  She wasn’t looking for a panic button or the like, just a way to raise her hand.  This device does exactly that!

Check out the full guide at the Adafruit Learning System: CircuitPython Powered AT Hand-Raiser

There, you’ll find full instructions, downloadable code and the STL files needed to print the parts.  We even included assembly instructions in video form.

To read the original request, here’s a link to the post in the Facebook Group.  Make sure to join us there for more great AT ideas and solutions!

CircuitPython Creates New AT Opportunities

For those of you who don’t know, CircuitPython is a programming language and environment for small computers and microcontrollers that is sponsored by our friends at Adafruit.

It is a variant of Python, and a fork of the popular MicroPython that’s been out for a few years.  However, CircuitPython has a few differences that are really helpful for Assistive Technology., and we’re going to use it to amazing things!

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Automated Testing of 3.5mm AT Jacks

At ATMakers, we use lots of AT Jacks.  Every switch-adapted toy, every interface device, almost everything we make requires a 3.5mm jack or plug.

Because of this, we ask STEM programs and Robotics teams to make us jacks and plugs as their first soldering project, and we’re always making them here.  Therefore we have lots of jacks, and we need to do lots of testing! This project makes that simple!
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