Wio Terminal: A Look back to Last Week #1 –Injection Molding, ArduPy, New Releasing of Battery Chassis, and More at our Brand-new Forum

Dear Seeeders, it has been over 1 week since we have released the Wio Terminal and we have received a lot of feedback from the community. We are glad to know that you like it, and are as excited as you to see it growing up day by day!

Last week we talked about the injection molding of Wio Terminal and shared the current progress we have made in software. We also released a new extension board for Wio Terminal:  The Wio Terminal Battery Chassis and ask for your opinions about our chassis project. What’ more, our new forum has been released and is waiting for you to join our discussion about Wio Terminal and ArduPy. Let’ take a look back!

1.Open Source Manufacturing: Injection Molding of Wio Terminal

We had a tour of the case manufacturing facility and made a vlog with detailed instructions on the injection molding of Wio Terminal. Wondering how a molding factory run? Check this video! There is also a post telling the story behind this enclosure.

2.Open Source Software: ArduPy, A Combination of Arduino and MicroPython to Learn Programming Efficiently

If you have seen the detail page of Wio Terminal, you will know that Wio Terminal supports ArduPy. Here is the question: What is ArduPy?

ArduPy is a combination of Arduino and MicroPython. MicroPython uses the universal Arduino API to control the hardware so that it can be compatible with new platforms quickly. With the help of the aip package manager we provided, you can transform your favorite Arduino library into a MicroPython library. Through ArduPy, you can use Python to verify your ideas, learn python programming as well as micro-controller programming in a more efficient way.

For more “Truly Fully Open Source” progress we have made, please check here.

3. Open Source Hardware: New Releasing of Wio Terminal Battery Chassis and Look Forward to your ideas!

Here comes the new extension board for Wio Terminal: The Wio Terminal Battery Chassis 10. It is a must-have extension board for Wio Terminal Dev Board as it provides an external power source for Wio Terminal to enhance its portability and compactness.

It has a 650mAH rechargeable lithium polymer battery, 4 Grove Analog/Digital Ports, 1 Grove I2C Port, and 1 Grove UART Port, as well as the ABS enclosure for aesthetic and protection. There is also the same Raspberry Pi 40-pin compatible GPIO at the back of the Wio Terminal Battery Chassis for more add-ons!

We are planning to develop more extension boards for Wio Terminal in the future. There are countless choices and we just listed a few of them with possible on-board add ons below. Let us know which one you prefer and what function is a must-have for you! Please leave a comment at our forum and don’t be hesitate to tell us if you have more ideas. We are open to suggestions and will take action accordingly.

  • Chassis – Battery: Built-in lithium battery with 6 Grove interface
  • Chassis – LoRa: SX1262 LoRa Module, 22dBm, 850-930MHz Transceiver, SMA antenna
  • Chassis – Audio: I2S Encoder/Decoder, n * microphones, MIDI Jack or 3.5mm Jack
  • Chassis – Battery Plus: 12V Booster, 2000MAh, Motor Driver
  • Chassis – RS485 Converter
  • Chassis – Ethernet: W5500, POE
  • Chassis – CAN Bus: RJ45, OBD-II, Screw Terminal

4.Explore More at Our Github & Forum

ArduPy is fully open-source software and all codes are available at our Github. If you have any questions about ArduPy, we also welcome you to ask us at our Forum.

Want to know more about Wio Terminal? Feel free to post your questions about Wio Terminal here. We can’t wait to hear your voices and welcome all suggestions!

In case of anyone having no idea of what Wio Terminal is, let’s take a look at it together!

A Brief Introduction of Wio Terminal

Wio Terminal is a simple and tiny device to build I/O with the physical world. It is an ATSAMD51-based Dev. board with wireless connectivity supported by Realtek RTL8720DN.

  • Equipped with a 2.4” LCD Screen, onboard accelerometer, microphone, buzzer, microSD card slot, light sensor, and an infrared emitter.
  • Built with Microchip ATSAMD51P19, ARM Cortex-M4F, 4 MB External Flash, 192 KB RAM.
  • Powered by Realtek RTL8720DN: Dual Band 2.4Ghz / 5Ghz Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), BLE / BLE 5.0.
  • Raspberry Pi 40-pin compatible.
  • Support Arduino, MicroPython, ArduPy, AT Firmware

That will be all for last week, but more in the future! Stay tuned with us and we will be happy to share more about Wio Terminal!

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March 2020