The toggle switch is rated for that at 20A/12V as its maximum load, anything underneath that shouldn’t cause any issue and is appropriate to use with the switch.
As for breadboards, honestly, most standard breadboards are fine, if you are just tinkering, there will be no significant difference between an expensive and standard breadboard.
We don’t currently stock those switches, however, we do have a range of rocker switches you can find here.
I had a good look at this piicodev potentiometer. From what I can see it’s part of a family of quick development systems that look very cool.
It also seems to be a closed system, with unique cables, an address system, and an API.
Is that right, or is there a way to break out of the piicodev ecosystem?
Is there any advantage to the piicodev pot? Given it’s the only piicodev part in my project, is it more trouble than it’s worth?
I don’t understand what you mean by this. If you don’t want to use the PiicoDev products don’t.
But honestly the work Core Electronics has put into these products makes them so easy to use. Pi Pico loaded with micropython, Thonny as the IDE and Python as the programming language. The libraries have been written and debugged. In every case with any PiicoDev product I have used it just works as it should.
A note on using the Pico pins, check the volts will not go over 3.3V and the current will not go over a few milliamps. Some of the devices you have linked may need an interface board. Neopixels and lit switches etc. A simple ON/OFF switch can be connected directly as it provides no voltage. The Pico checks if it is connected to GND or not.
James is right when he says you can absolutely mix and match PiicoDev with other elements. The only thing that might trip you up is if another manufacturer makes an I2C device with the same address. We make sure there are no conflicts within our range, but there may be conflicts with other product ranges. Most of our PiicoDev range does come with address switches though, so you should be able to work around any conflicts.
Ah great. I really like the look of the piicodev system and would like to start a collection.
I’m still a little lost on the functionality.
Looking at this picture of the piico potentiometer it seems to want a picodev cable for input output. If i did want to use it as a normal potentiometer, would I be able to use the 3 per-soldered pins at the base of the picture?
One thing to note with the Pi Pico is the implementation of analog to digital is not as good as an Arduino ATMega328P inside the chip. But for sensing a voltage from a pot it would work well.
Probably the ADC in the Tiny16 on the PiicoDev is better than the Pico too.
Have you decided yet if you wanted to go with an Arduino as the core or a Rapberry Pi Pico? Either should be able to accomplish everything you’ll need them to do for a busy board I think your main decision point should be related to what libraries are available for the modules you want to use with the microcontroller.
All of the PiicoDev gear will work flawlessly with a Raspberry Pi Pico because it’s designed to be easy to use with a Pico via micropython. Using the same gear with an Arduino is going to be more of a challenge and there may be other modules with Arduino libraries already available that would be a better choice.
Sorry for more off-topic. @James the Pico datasheet states the following. This is why I believe it is not as good as AVR devices. The 150uA current draw was any issue for me when trying to measure the voltage of the LiPo powering the Pico.
Hi! Thanks for all your interest and support so far.
See below an update to the parts list and development on my intentions for this project.
My particular kid has grown fond of space, (who can blame her), so I’m going to make this a rocket ship control busy board. I’ve drafted up some basic Arduino code which I’ll post here to when I’ve tested it.
A rock ship launch busy board.
I want this project to be scalable and suit multiple age groups.
At early ages, virtually any inputs can be considered valid.
As a child get’s older, It will be easy to update the arduino to require more challenging inputs for the todler to “Acheive their goals of making light bleep bloops”. I’m using the Arduino Due since one day I hope to add sound.
Looks like a good list to me though you’ve got a link called RingLED which goes to individual GlowBit LEDs, which are surface mount and will require a PCB to use. Were you meaning to link something like the Addressable LED ring below?
This library seems to have a mode for WS2812B systems but for whatever reason every output throws the wrong colour to the glowbit. (Black does work however). It is as though the glowbit wants ARGB but the software is punching out RGBA.
Is anyone here aware of something I’m missing about the WS2812B systems? This is my first time working with WS2812B strips so I figure there may be some trick I need to include.
Can anyone recommend another library where they have already found joy?