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Meet Device Simulator Express, #PythonSim a @MSFTGarage project, built by Garage interns that makes it easier to program the @adafruit Circuit Playground Express in #Python, with or without a physical device

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OK! Big news today! Meet Device Simulator Express, a Microsoft Garage project, built by Garage interns that makes it easier to program the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express in Python / CircuitPython, with or without a physical device!

This summer 16 groups of Garage interns tackled interesting engineering challenges ranging from making apps more accessible to VR solutions for cybersecurity. One of them was sponsored by the Python Tools for AI team and electronics paragon Adafruit to and set out to make programming embedded solutions for IoT devices simpler and more available to a broader audience. Device Simulator Express, a Microsoft Garage project, is a Visual Studio code extension that enables developers to program the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express in CircuitPython, with or without a physical device.

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Device Simulator Express, a Microsoft Garage project, is a Visual Studio code extension that enables developers to program the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express in Python, with or without a physical device.

Python has become increasingly common in embedded systems and IoT devices, thanks to MicroPython and CircuitPython. These devices, such as the Adafruit Circuit Playground Express, are a great way to introduce Python to students, makers, and hobbyists. However, developing for these devices can be tricky without access to a physical device or debugging support.

Device Simulator Express provides the tools needed to program CircuitPython-based embedded devices in one simple place.

Device Simulator Express.


MEET THE TEAM
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Christella Cidolit, Fatou Mounezo, Jonathan Wang, Lea Akkari, Luke Slevinsky, Michelle Yao, and Rachel Phinnemore

 
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Sponsors: Brett Cannon and Luciana Abud

Coaches: Ahmed Mahdy, Akshay Bakshi, Andrew Clements, Bryan Heredia

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