What I’d love to see in #CircuitPython2023 is support for reading PS4 controllers over Bluetooth on the PicoW. This would really open up robot development using #CircuitPython for #STEM projects aimed at children.
More development of Bluetooth Low Energy, especially for Bluetooth Mesh (BLE 5) would be great for #CircuitPython2023. Lora works well for long distance, low-power communication, but requires the purchase of another radio -BLE is built into many microcontrollers already. #CircuitPython programmed sensor nodes forwarding data long distances through multiple low-power devices would open many new applications.
My #circuitpython wish list for #circuitpython2023
1. Language syntax dictionary. All languages have this in one form or another and if properly done is too expansive for a learn guide. It should be all in the docs. Circuit Python is kind of a black box for learning what synatx is ported from Python or microPython because it’s mostly undocumented or so spread out you have to use 10 tabs to find an applicable example.
2. User pages needs pagination. They’re not easy, intuitive, or fun to use.
I built 3 products (the JoyPad, LumosRing, and LumosStick) in 2022 which utilized #CircuitPython to make them more accessible and customizable by end users. I also used CircuitPython in a couple personal projects.
In my experience, the limiting factor was performance. With many of the available hardware having more than one core, I would like to see #CircuitPython2023 find ways to embrace multiple cores – even if it is limited to libraries and not end-user Python. I don’t yet know the answer.
#CircuitPython2023 All I want for 2023 is to see one of my ideas come to life – an RP2040 powered, rechargable, programable bike light in a waterproof enclosure (basically just a slightly bigger Feather RP2040 with a built in LED matrix (available in red and white). Of course, powered by #CircuitPython ! (I would make it myself but I don’t have the manufacturing expertise).
Also for #CircuitPython2023 I would LOVE to see a nice plugin for Sublime Text that shows the REPL beneath my code (like Thonny but without using Thonny)
One thing I hope to get into beta support for CP9 in 2023 is Matter support. I know there’s some intricacies around it’s implementation, but it would definitely allow makers to develop devices that work with a growing number of commercial products. #CircuitPython2023#CircuitPython
#CircuitPython2023 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. Please post by January 18th.
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