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Micro Python boards to enter public market

22 Jul 2014  | Cabe Atwell

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If you're an experienced tinkerer, then you already know what this wicked chip can add to your projects. If you're a newbie, this computer on a chip can add all sorts of fun things to your projects, including making LEDs flash, giving life to your device's interface, or commanding the arm of your robot to swing in the direction of your kid brother. Oh, the possibilities.

What's really unique about this board isn't the board itself, but the program upon which it's based. It began in the late 1980s/early 1990s as a programming language that would continue to develop into the simple style we know and love today—Python.

 Coding the Micro Python board

Coding the Micro Python board. Source: Kickstarter

Python was created by Guido von Rossum in the early 1990s to be a simple language for computer programmers. While the basis behind the language is simplicity, it can also handle complex scripts and tasks. For example, Python can write functions, execute string processes, write classes, create lists and dictionaries, read and write files, create a generation system, execute closures, design list comprehensions, and deal with execution handling.

The Micro Python software is a leaner, cleaner version of Python intended for the microcontroller, but it actually works for PCs, too. Micro Python is sort of like a mini operating system for computers that need to maintain low memory usage, and it actually runs faster than CPython.

Micro Python software is already available to the public through the MIT open-source licence, but you'll have to wait to get your board. Kickstarter backers will be the first to receive their boards and although most have already shipped, a faithful 21 backers have yet to receive them. Once they do, we can all get our hands on these nifty microcontrollers, which are expected to officially launch publicly in March 2015.

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