Bring your Open Hardware Summit badge to Hackaday Supercon

Bring your Open Hardware Summit badge to Hackaday Supercon in Pasadena this weekend!

Drew Fustini will have the badge programming jig with updated firmware featuring like the MicroPython WebREPL, accelerometer demo, and Magic 8-Ball app by Steve Pomeroy

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Drew Fustini will also have USB-to-serial adapter boards for badge to share!

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Bring your Open Hardware Summit badge to Hackaday Supercon

Open Source Hardware Association board nominations now open

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The Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA) 2018-2020 Board Nominations are now open

OSHWA is looking for 6 new faces to join the board of directors for the Open Source Hardware Association. The nominee form is for self-nominations only.

Please fill out the nominee form(deactivated Nov. 4th) to become a nominee or forward the link to someone you want to nominate. Do not fill out the form for someone else. The purpose of this form is to tell voting members why you want to serve on the OSHWA board. We will be publish the nominees and their answers on Nov. 5th.

Board members hold a 2-year position. Once board members have been chosen by the community, the board will appoint a President, VP, and Secretary. Board responsibilities include fundraising, advising on goals and direction, and carry out compliance with the organizations purposes and bylaws.

See the board member agreement to get a sense of the responsibilities. Board members are expected to adhere to the board attendance policy and come prepared having read the board packet. Board members are expected to spend 5-10 hours of time per month on OSHWA. Nominees can submit questions to [email protected]

Nominations will be open until Nov. 4th.

Member voting will take place Nov. 8-12.

Want to vote in the election? Become a member!

Please note that only individuals can vote, corporate members cannot.

Open Source Hardware Association board nominations now open

Hackaday Supercon is Sold Out, Join Us On the Live Streams and Chat Rooms

Over the weekend, the last available tickets to the Hackaday Superconference vanished. This will be the fullest, most exciting, hack-packed Supercon ever. We’ve always had a stunning slate of speakers. It’s hard to objectively say we will top previous years, but yes this collection of talks is an insane concentration of hardware speakers that tops…

via Supercon is Sold Out, Join Us On the Live Streams and Chat Rooms — Hackaday

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MicroPython WebREPL on the Open Hardware Summit badge

The 2018 Open Hardware Summit badge runs MicroPython firmware which allows for an interactive programming experience known as the REPL:

Getting a MicroPython REPL prompt

REPL stands for Read Evaluate Print Loop, and is the name given to the interactive MicroPython prompt that you can access on the ESP8266. Using the REPL is by far the easiest way to test out your code and run commands.

There is an USB-to-serial adapter board which be used to access the REPL on the badge via the serial port.  However, a simpler option is to use the WebREPL:

WebREPL – a prompt over WiFi

WebREPL allows you to use the Python prompt over WiFi, connecting through a browser. The latest versions of Firefox and Chrome are supported.

For your convenience, WebREPL client is hosted at http://micropython.org/webrepl . Alternatively, you can install it locally from the the GitHub repository https://github.com/micropython/webrepl

Before connecting to WebREPL, you should set a password and enable it via a normal serial connection. Initial versions of MicroPython for ESP8266 came with WebREPL automatically enabled on the boot and with the ability to set a password via WiFi on the first connection, but as WebREPL was becoming more widely known and popular, the initial setup has switched to a wired connection for improved security:

import webrepl_setup

Follow the on-screen instructions and prompts. To make any changes active, you will need to reboot your device.

The MicroPython firmware for the badge has been updated to add WebREPL in the list of available apps.

You can order this USB to serial adapter board for the badge and then follow the instructions to build and flash the new firmware.  The WebREPL option will turn on WiFi and put the badge into AP mode.  Connect to it from your device, such as a laptop, and then connect to the badge using the WebREPL browser-based client.

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MicroPython WebREPL on the Open Hardware Summit badge