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Out pals at adafruit have just released Circuit Playground, an app for iPhone and iPad that combines a bunch of handy electronics references and calculators in one attractive interface. It’s $2.99 from the AppStore. An Android version is reportedly in the works, but I understand the adafruit folks are not in too much of a hurry to horn in on the good work that Demetrio Iero is already doing with ElectroDroid.

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://phillip.wordpress.com/ Phillip Torrone

    android version of the adafruit circuit playground app is in the works! BUT for folks who want a great android tool now be sure to check out electrodroid by demetrio lero!
    https://market.android.com/details?id=it.android.demi.elettronica.pro&hl=en
    we also put this on the app page :)

  • http://twitter.com/caveman36 Keith Nelson (@caveman36)

    So I can’t help but notice this looks almost exactly like Circuit Sidekick. Was it made by the same people?

    • http://gravatar.com/nerdyjb John Baichtal

      Looks like Adafruit has taken over the app. Sidekick was created by Collin Cunningham, who is credited on Circuit Playground.

      • http://twitter.com/caveman36 Keith Nelson (@caveman36)

        Thanks!
        Hey, I know you. You used to be in a writing group with my lovely wife. (In collage. A LONG time ago… because we’re old.)

      • http://gravatar.com/nerdyjb John Baichtal

        That’s me, now I write for Make. Living the dream!

      • matthew

        Is this just a branding of Circuit Sidekick or is it meant to replace it? I purchased Circuit Sidekick, and I wonder what the roadmap is between the two.

    • http://phillip.wordpress.com/ Phillip Torrone

      check out the page and the video, that’s collin!
      http://adafruit.com/circuitplayground

      “Circuit Playground – Made with love by Adafruit, Collin Cunningham, Limor Fried, Daigo Kawasaki, Mosfet and Phillip Torrone”

      this is the new version, more features, changes, etc!

      • http://twitter.com/caveman36 Keith Nelson (@caveman36)

        Glad to here it! I’ve loved Circuit Sidekick. Can’t wait to check this out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spiynirci Serdal Piynirci

    i don’t like it becuz its for apple :( please make a app for android ! ~tanks

  • AdriZ

    I use Elektor Electronic Toolbox, which seems to be much more abundant.
    http://itunes.apple.com/fr/app/elektor-electronic-toolbox/id339158729

  • http://gravatar.com/bluelip bluelip

    Again, Adafruit leans towards the purchasers instead of the innovators. Good business sense, is suppose. Very illustrative as to why you should support other vendors.

    • http://gravatar.com/bluelip bluelip

      *I suppose..