V for Victory, also Vivacious and Very-good-code! Which is exactly how we feel about CircuitPython Version 5. We’re pleased to announce the latest major revision of CircuitPython. CircuitPython 5 features many improVements and enhancements to displayio, including grayscale and e-paper displays, extensive additions and changes to nRF52840 and BLE support, and PWM audio support.
We sometimes look to the past for inspiration, so we’re celebrating this new release in “software box art” style here. You may remember when software came in a box – now with download-only you probably miss the shrink-wrap, the CD-ROMs, and even the cool release posters you’d sometimes snag.
And since you’re a CircuitPython fan (right?) we wanted to give you a lovely poster you can use to hang up in your python den. We already have the Blinka, the friendliest coding snake, on a sticker, an enamel pin, and a temporary tattoo. And now she’s on a new, lovely, glossy 24 x 18 inches poster that will look stellar in your work space or bedroom! She will provide the nicest morale support in your darkest coding (writer’s) block.
We are angry, frustrated, and in pain because of the violence and murder of Black people by the police because of racism. We are in the fight AGAINST RACISM. George Floyd was murdered, his life stolen. The Adafruit teams have specific actions we’ve done, are doing, and will do together as a company and culture. We are asking the Adafruit community to get involved and share what you are doing. The Adafruit teams will not settle for a hash tag, a Tweet, or an icon change. We will work on real change, and that requires real action and real work together. That is what we will do each day, each month, each year – we will hold ourselves accountable and publish our collective efforts, partnerships, activism, donations, openly and publicly. Our blog and social media platforms will be utilized in actionable ways. Join us and the anti-racist efforts working to end police brutality, reform the criminal justice system, and dismantle the many other forms of systemic racism at work in this country, read more @ adafruit.com/blacklivesmatter
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.