I have been playing with the Adafruit CircuitPython for a while now on the PyGamer board . Using the Adafruit libraries to light up the NeoPixels and to display pictures and text on the screen.
Then I learned that the Hackaday Supercon attendees would be given an Adafruit Edge Badge along with the official badge. This had a built in microphone which sparked my interest on creating an audio spectrum waterfall plot of the measured frequency.
This was a bit of a problem because the library that python uses to perform the Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) did not have a CircuitPython port. So I decided to write my own code in CircuitPython to compute the FFT. Now I could have written C code to run underneath, but I have not gotten to that point yet, and also wanted to get this done for Supercon, which required a few other parts, so that drove my decision to just use pure Python.
I have really enjoyed using CircuitPython, as it is a much simpler method to playing with microcontrollers than Arduino. The ecosystem that Adafruit has developed makes it a breeze for developers, new and old, to quickly get a project off the ground and running. I hope more boards and manufactures make CircuitPython an option on their products as it provides fast visual feedback and is a simple way to work with microcontroller hardware. I also hope more people start creating libraries for the ecosystem so that future users have an easier time developing new creative things.
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