Electronics

Oliv'

I was looking to use InteractiveHtmlBom plugin for KiCad but unfortunately, Debian maintainers did not set KICAD_SCRIPTING option in the official package. After a few failing attempts I even tested the official flatpak package but it is an old version (currently 4.x) and scripting is not enabled too.

So I dug further until it actually succeeds to compile :-)

Oliv'

I am currently working with BLE beacons -only iBeacons for now- with Espressif’s esp-idf libraries. The aim is to use the ESP32 as a gateway to published detected beacons to an MQTT broker. It was surprisingly easy and I will write something about that when the code will be more polished.

Anyway, by curiosity and to speed up development, I wanted to try microPython port to ESP32, and I did. Unfortunately, BLE support is not yet reliable enough and a lot of advertisements were lost with 4 to 6 beacons. This post is to keep track of my work and, hopefully, use in the future when microPython port will be more reliable :-)

Oliv'

For a project, I need media keys (play, volume, mute, …) and a way to lock a computer under Windows (Windows+L keys). There is a lot of HID keyboard descriptors on the Internet, some are for keyboards + media but all contain at least one unused byte… Not a good thing for embedded systems with constraint memory. Why? The descriptor can be found in USB-IF example (Appendix B) and describe a boot compatible keyboard. So unless you need your keyboard in boot menus, this byte can be dropped. Also, the example defines 6 simultaneous keys, I decreased it to three as I don’t need more.