A great new review of the SiPy and the LoPy has emerged on Elektor Magazine’s site and we thought you might like to read it.

It goes through the various steps of Firmware updates, connecting to back end as well as a few of the features. There’s lots of details in the actual review and so it’s worth a read.

In addition, the review has a really nice ending with some recommendations for the Pycom dev team to consider as per below.

Spoiler alert – do not read on if you would like to discover the ending only after reading the full the review 🙂 )  

Conclusion:

The Pycom boards provide a nice way to quickly set up wireless networks and links. Currently they cover Wi-Fi, Bluetooth (WiPy, LoPy & SiPy), LoRa (LoPy) and Sigfox (SiPy), but support for other network topologies is in the pipeline (already announced are the GPy with LTE CAT M1/NB1 support, and the FiPy featuring Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, LoRa, Sigfox and dual LTE-M (CAT M1 and NBIoT)). Together they form a hardware and software compatible family allowing the user to switch between network topologies whenever the need arises and without redoing all the software.

Programmed in MicroPython application development is quick, especially for people with Python experience. Add to this mix some expansion boards with sensors and an upcoming free cloud backend Pybytes and you will agree that the Pycom ecosystem may be one of the fastest and easiest ways into the world of IoT. Documentation is abundent, but beware of stale pages that may concern old hardware. In case of examples not working with your hardware, it may be a good idea to start over at the documentation entry point and search again. Remember, the current hardware is ESP32-based.

On a personal note, I would like to be able to access the file system over the serial or USB port as network switching quickly becomes tiresome if your development PC has only one Wi-Fi connection and you need access to the online documentation while you work.”

Comment from Daniel Campora, Pycom CTO “Native file system access is not supported as the ESP32 does not have USB port. To overcome that, it is possible to use the Atom IDE plug-in over serial. That way, there’s no need to switch between WiFi networks”.

Thank you for the review ElektorMagazine! (@clemensvalens).

Read the full review article here