One #CircuitPython2021 post and an email

Happy New Year 2021 with Blinka as the 1

Here is one more #circuitpython2021 posts from the CircuitPython community. See below for past posts as well.

We got an email from Gustav. Here it is. Posted with permission.

I have a circuit playground bluefruit, which I really love using. I’m a bit sad that the sound quality of the little speaker is worse than on the CPX because of the CPB not having a real DAC. I wish that you could put some effort into improving the simulated DAC to get rid of that hissing sound in the background – or just continue improving on the CP series with a new model. I’ll gladly buy a new one. I think the concept is amazing and I hope you’ll continue to refine it. It’s much more interesting to me than the CLUE, MAGTAG and Micro:bit – I love that it is NOT centered around a screen, but sound and colors instead.
I know that you are working hard on sleep functionality in circuit playground, which of course will improve the usability of CPX and CPB – I’m looking a lot forward to that.


#circuitpython2021 is our annual reflection on the state of CircuitPython. We’d love to hear from you too! See the kick-off post for all of the details. Here are all of the previous posts:


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