NERP Tonite: Pingo means “pin, go!”

NERP Tonite: Pingo means “pin, go!”

NERP is Not Exclusively Raspberry Pi, the small computer and embedded systems interest group at Pumping Station:One in Chicago. NERP meets every other Monday at 7pm at Pumping Station:One, 3519 N. Elston Ave. in Chicago.

Luciano Ramalho is a member of Garoa Hacker Clube in Sao Paulo, Brazil (

Tonight at NERP, Luciano will tell us about the Pingo project in progress at Garoa HC (

Pingo aims to make interconnecting small controllers of all sorts easy and transparent, so that they can use each other's peripherals. An example use case would be using Python on a Beagle (or similar) to effectively "program" one or more attached Arduinos.

From the website: "Pingo provides a uniform API to program devices like the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, pcDuino etc. just like the Python DBAPI provides an uniform API for database programming in Python.

The API is object-oriented but easy to use: a board is an instance of a Board subclass. Every board has a dictionary called pins which lists all GPIO pins on the board.

Each pin is an instance of a Pin subclass with attributes that you can inspect to learn about its capabilities."

Find NERP and Pumping Station:One at


Doors open at 6:30pm. The next meeting is July 7th, 2014. NERP is free and open to the public.

Ed Bennett ed @ kinetics and electronics com

Tags: electronics,embedded, NERP, Open Source, raspberry pi,hackerspace, BeagleBone, Element14, Pumping Station One

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  • Drew F.

    Luciano translated the slides into english:

    July 17

  • Drew F.

    Thanks to Luciano Ramalho of Garoa Hacker Clube in Sao Paulo,
    Brazil, for presenting their Pingo project! I was impressed by their effort to create a universal GPIO API in Python for a range of boards. I was especially excited to see that Pingo allowed one to program an Arduino Uno using Python!

    July 9

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