This update is a pretty big one so buckle up!
We’ve been getting a lot of messages lately on all the platforms and that tells us that you really care about this project. We’re really trying to reply to every single one of them as soon as possible, but there are so many of them!
Don’t slow down though, every question/criticism/advice comes in handy and makes our whole project better so thank you for that!
Now for the updates, here it goes:
CircuitBlocks is finally launched. If you don’t know yet, it is our own IDE in which you can program your own things for Ringo. It looks pretty cool and it’s scratch-based, so it’s pretty simple as well. You can also easily revert back to default Ringo firmware via the button which is located on the main menu at any time.
Here are a couple of images of how it all looks:
You can download it via this link and check out the tutorial here.
New firmware version 1.0.1 is also up. You can get that by downloading the CircuitBlocks and pressing the magical button, by updating your firmware over the phone Settings -> About & Update -> Check for Update, or by using Arduino IDE via Tools -> Burn Bootloader, just make sure you have set Programmer to ‘Ringo firmware’. To get a new update on Arduino, you have to update Ringo board files by using the Board manager. Just scroll down until you find Ringo by CircuitMess and update to version 1.0.3, then use the bootloader.
Some of the improvements in the 1.0.1 update are updated Wi-Fi password length, added ‘$’ sign on the button 0, fixed calling issues and other various fixes throughout the phone.
We have also added Ringo by CircuitMess library on Arduino IDE which now means that you can use library functions in Arduino. To download, go to Sketch -> Include library -> Manage libraries and type Ringo in the search bar. Then click the Install button. The list of all functions and keywords is still not available so we do recommend using the CircuitBlocks IDE since everything important is easily accessible there.
That is pretty much it, continue to give us suggestions and we will continue to improve everything as much as we can.
Keep on making, MAKERS!