Raspberry Pi Pico has support for two different versions of Python: MicroPython, which is supported by Raspberry Pi, and CircuitPython, which is (a fork of MicroPython) created by Adafruit. MicroPython unlocks a few more features of the underlying hardware, but CircuitPython has more libraries to support common maker hardware. Which should you use? How about MicroPython with a CircuitPython compatibility layer?
The CircuitPython compatibility layer – known as Blinka – has been around for a while and is best known for providing access to CircuitPython libraries for machines that run full-blown Python, such as Raspberry Pi computers. However, it originally started as a MicroPython compatibility layer, and it can still be used for this.
Let’s take a look at how to get started with Blinka using Pico. We’ll be using Thonny, so make sure you have an up-to-date version of this installed on your computer.
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
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.