Adafruit has a long history of great products and support for makers of all skill sets, and with the release of their PyPortal, we see their range of devices increase with something a little different. From what is the Adafruit PyPortal and its specs to how to use the Adafruit PyPortal, here’s a comprehensive PyPortal review!
PyPortal is an Internet of Things (IoT) device that is designed to live on your desk and provide you with information via a small 3.2” LCD touchscreen.
On the back of PyPortal we have a small speaker, light sensor temperature sensor, a single Neopixel (WS2812) LED, microSD card slot, and connections for I2C and analog/digital pins. Powering PyPortal is an ATMEL (Microchip) ATSAMD51J20, a 120 MHz CPU with 256KB of SRAM and for wireless connectivity and TLS/SSL support we have an Espressif ESP32. This packs plenty of processing power into such a tiny package. The SAMD51 chip also offers another bonus in that it offers native USB support. So by default, it can act as a disk drive (USB flash drive), or we can programme the board to act as a USB HID device. So a touchscreen computer that can emulate a keyboard, this means we can create shortcut keys, or game controllers using PyPortal. All with minimal coding required.
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