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Wearable Interactive Electronics 2017

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

10 Tyler Street

Somerville, 02143

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Event Schedule:

This is a one session workshop that runs every third Sunday from 10:15am - 2:45pm, with a half hour break for lunch (not included). Select your date from the drop-down ticketing menu.

Class Description:

Learn about the latest awesome widget from Adafruit Industries, the "Circuit Playground", a wearable microcontroller that has ten multicolor RGB LEDs, a microphone, speaker, accelerometer, light sensor, and other goodies that can make any piece of clothing an interactive light and sound show. The Circuit Playground is an Arduino compatible device, and uses the same well known interface that has been taught previously.

This course will additionally teach you:

  • The basics of how to work with the Circuit Playground and the Arduino development environment
  • Simple programming elements (looping, conditional statements, functions, state machines) that make it easier to put a project together,
  • How to document and maintain your project.

No previous experience necessary.

Class Goals:

Students will learn:

  • The Arduino platform basics,
  • How the Arduino is programmed,
  • How to use the sample included programs,
  • The basic four elements of digital input, digital output, analog input and analog output,
  • Basic sensor types included on the Adafruit Circuit Playground; accelerometer, microphone, light and temperature sensor
  • Basic output devices - Neopixel LEDs for lights, piezo speaker for sound
  • How to hook up external devices
  • How to use the Circuit Playground in wearables


Students should have a working familiarity with their computer (Mac or Windows) - i.e. how to install programs and device drivers. Students must be at least 18 years of age.


Kits are built in to ticket price and provided for the class to work with and take home. The class has access to the Artisan's Asylum computer lab, but it is recommended that students bring their own laptop.

Class Minimum:

This class will be canceled if fewer than 5 students have signed up 48hrs in advance of class start: don't wait till the last minute, sign yourself up and bring a friend!

Instructor Biography:

Andrew Anselmo is a consulting engineer and a member of Artisan's Asylum. Some of his work and consulting philosophy can be seen at www.clipboardengineering.com.


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10 Tyler Street

Somerville, 02143

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