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The main thing I want you to get out of this project is this: upon completion you will have cellular data connected to your Internet of Things device! LoRa, Sigfox, Bluetooth and WiFi can't compete with cellular data for coverage, speed and data allowance. Many projects only become possible when using cellular data. Need to send pictures? Sure. Over the air updates? Yes. Real time streaming data? That too. Just imagine the possibilities!

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Welcome to the exciting world of laser cutting! For all those makers out there looking to start creating with a laser cutter, this tutorial will have the basic information you need to get started! We recently added a Laser Cutting Service to our site, so everyone can start making with a laser cutter!

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Have you ever wanted to program your microcontrollers with Python instead of Arduino? MicroPython and CircuitPython bring the ease of Python to microcontrollers by adding hardware support! In MicroPython, Python is largely unchanged other than the added functionality to interface with hardware.

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While documenting my first steps in using the GPy I've uncovered a firmware update that is required on the Sequans Monarch SQN3330, which provides the cellular data capabilities in both the GPy and the FiPy. This document deals only with firmware updating the Sequans Monarch SQN3330, as mentioned in 5.5.3 Modem Firmware Update in the Pycom documentation.

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The Adafruit Circuit Playground Express comes equipped with an onboard microphone that is capable of sensing both amplitude and frequency. This tutorial will walk through a quick sketch using MakeCode to turn the lights on the board into a mic activated VU-meter-like display! The microphone is located on the lower right side of the board, marked with an ear

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Bluetooth is a low-power radio technology used to link devices wirelessly. Most commonly recognised as the way to link a mobile phone to a car or speaker, it has many uses beyond that. The "low power" aspect is not a shortcoming as a large proportion of devices that use it run from batteries.

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One of the greatest features of the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express is its MakeCode compatibility. MakeCode is an exciting coding interface that makes coding accessible for those with little or no exposure to how coding works or how it should be formatted. This is largely thanks to its drag and drop block-based interface.

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At the heart of every Adafruit Circuit Playground Express lies a three-axis accelerometer. This allows us to write programs that take the orientation of the board into account. We can detect orientation and acceleration on any axis. With CircuitPython we can use the “cpx.acceleration” command to read the acceleration of the board on all three axis in m/s^2.

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At the heart of every Adafruit Circuit Playground Express lies a three-axis accelerometer. This allows us to write programs that take the orientation of the board into account. We can detect orientation and acceleration on any axis. With MakeCode there are two different ways to interface with the accelerometer, events and live data. We can look for specific gesture events like a shake, freefall, tilt, or specific G or acceleration. We can also read live data which returns the immediate acceleration for a given direction in milli-g (1/1000 of gravity).

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In this section, I'll show you how to understand the flowcharts I'll be using to explain the structures in the rest of this chapter.

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This lesson will follow on from the previous one, showing you how to manipulate the data you've stored in various ways, allowing you to do more than just maths. I'll also go over some pitfalls you may come across during your time coding, and how to fix them.

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Now that you know what the circuit playground express is, let's learn about setting it up. Setting up is easy, but there are some important steps to follow.

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MakeCode is an exciting visual interface programmer that allows you to program by dragging and dropping blocks. The blocks snap together like puzzle pieces and are shaped in a logical way that prevents you from creating unworkable programs. This coupled with the on-screen virtual Circuit Playground Express makes MakeCode a perfect tool to learn the basics of programming.

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Setting up your Circuit Playground Express is easy, there are no extra steps to get your board ready to program, just make your code and drop it into the device drive by following these steps.

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Setting up your Circuit Playground Express is easy, there are no extra steps to get your board ready to program, just make your code and drop it into the device drive by following these steps.

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Are you new to coding or maybe a bit rusty? MakeCode is a great resource for getting familiar with coding while enabling you to make rewarding programs from the start.

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In this section, we will learn the basics of a program's structure. In different programming languages, the names (syntax) will be different, but the general format will be similar. There are two main parts to every program, setup and loop.

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The thing that sets programming a microcontroller apart from a computer program is its ability to interact with the world physically. If we want to have our controller accept a button press, that’s an input. If we want to turn a light on, that’s an output.

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A variable in code is exactly like a variable in math. We can create variables to store a value that might change and refer to it elsewhere in our code. This can be used to keep our code simple and clean, or it might be used for calculations and comparisons.

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The simplest sort of program can make a light blink, but if we want anything more complex, we need to start using programming logic. Programming logic is used in every program, and MakeCode is a great introduction to how these work.

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In this section, we will discuss the advanced programming blocks available in MakeCode. These are seldom used or needed in most MakeCode projects but can unlock a lot of potential within your programs.

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In this section we will discuss the available blocks in MakeCode, and what they do.

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On the lower left-hand portion of every Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, there is a small onboard speaker and class D amplifier. This allows you to make some pretty loud sounds! The amplifier is also connected to the true analog output on pin A0, which is marked with a wavy line symbol. You can turn off the speaker and only output through the pin if you like. For this tutorial, we are going to use the speaker and the capacitive touchpads to make a capacitive touch keyboard!

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In this section, we discuss the different types of data you can have and the best ways to store them in your programs.

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