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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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Stereo-jack with Mono Configuration

These jacks are used on many toy adaptations to enable them to work with switches.  We use a mono-jack configuration on stereo jacks so that we can make every switch (mono or stereo) work.  This is done by shorting the the female end stereo jack ring and sleeve connectors.  This post shows two female jack styles we have used on toy adaptations. Continue reading Stereo-jack with Mono Configuration