October 2018 meetup
Matt presented the usual news roundup.
News: Matt Trentini
- The OHS Badge is an interesting, MicroPython-driven badge with E-ink developed for the OHS conference attendees
- Now available on Tindie
- The Blyst Nano, a tiny NRF52 board, is seeking funding on Crowd Supply
- There is an NRF52 port of MicroPython, shouldn’t take much tweaking to run on this module
- The ESP32-CAM, a small ESP32-powered 2MP camera module is now available
- Should run standard MicroPython though there’s currently no known camera driver that would work…
- The Air602 is a Cortex-M3 micro with wifi support crammed into a tiny castellated module
- No MicroPython port yet and could be difficult as there is a lack of documentation
- Especially remarkable for the low price (<$2)
- Espressif announced their support for Alexa on ESP32
- Makes it easier to create Alexa skills for ESP32. Currently just C-API support and only on Lyra boards.
- Bluetooth update: Matt has tried to pull together all the individual parties working on MicroPython Bluetooth API’s but it’s difficult…
- Make: Electronics 2018 Humble Book Bundle was a good-value set of books for budding electronics enthusiasts - but it’s expired now! Sorry if you missed out.
- M5Stack M5Stick first-batch announced
- ESP32 with small OLED, battery and optional accelerometer. Small, neat and cheap.
- TinyPICO update: Rev 4 just assembled
- Improved WiFi (3D antenna) and APA102 on-board now. Experimenting with adding PSRAM. Small, very capable PICO ESP32 dev board!
- MicroPython documentation update
- Big improvement: Damien reorganised the documentation so it’s no longer port-centric
- Now the documentation is generic-first with links to port-specific docs
- Should encourage more generic implementations
- Matt is personally keen to begin the ESP32 documentation effort…
- UI libraries
- Python (not Micro) update
- 3.7.1 and 3.6.7 were released
Written on October 24, 2018