Limor Fried, an engineer and founder of New York’s Adafruit Industries, said in an email exchange with EE Times that her company has seen an evolution over the past several years where large scale commercial projects are using Arduino boards with more appealing form factors, such as the Adafruit Feather.
“Every product made now needs wireless or IoT connectivity and battery power management, something that Feather is designed for, while maintaining Arduino IDE compatibility and embedded Python support,” Fried said.
Looking ahead, Adafruit’s Fried said the future will see more hardware using derivatives of the Python programming language such as MicroPython or CircuitPython rather than Arduino.
“Why? For one thing, microcontrollers are inexpensive and overly powerful,” Fried said “We’re not forced to use 8-bit at 16MHz chips anymore. For the same price we can pick up a 72 MHz ARM Cortex M4. That extra processing power can be used to speed up development and avoid frustrating debugging. Higher-level programming functions like exceptions, memory management, text parsing support, networking libraries, and type-flexibility make Python great for IoT products.”
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