We rely on Canada Post everyday to ship packages in a reliable and efficient manner.
Yesterday, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers issued a 72 hour job action notice. Fortunately, it looks like the union is not going on a full "strike", instead they are taking job actions such as refusing to work overtime. CUPW President Mike Palecek has publicly stated that they want the public to keep receiving their mail. For our customers, this means that you can continue to select Canada Post as your shipping method for the time being. It is possible that there will be delays, but we do not expect them to be severe.
We hope that the CUPW and Canada Post can resolve their issues soon!
The devices come in very nice reusable packaging. The boxes are great for storage when the device is not in use.
Next, we power up the device. If you have the Expansion Board, you can easily power it up via microUSB. If not, you can power the pins directly with 3.6 to 5.5 VDC by connecting to V_IN and Ground.
Once the device is connected, search for a WiFi network called wipy-wlan. Connect to this network using www.wipy.io as the password.
Next, connect via Telnet to 192.168.1.1 using login "micro" and password "python". On most machines, you can telnet from the command line or terminal. Here is an example from a Mac:
You are now at a MicroPython command prompt!
Let's write our first MicroPython code:
Well that was easy!
There is a whole lot more we want to do with this board, and you can learn more by reading the WiPy MicroPython documentation.
If you have any ideas for projects with the WiPy or you have already made something cool, let us know! We would love to hear about it.
Good news for our customers that rely on Canada Post. The company has agreed to a 30 day extension followed by binding arbitration. This means that there should be no disruption to Canada Post service while talks continue for the next 30 days.
More information can be found on Canada Post's blog.
We're so excited, and we just can't hide it!
Come see us at Maker Festival Toronto this weekend!
We are a proud sponsor of the event and cannot wait to meet more of our customers. We will bring an assortment of Maker Electronics including Raspberry Pi and Arduino kits, and we will have demonstrations of our favourite products. We will also have the best from Adafruit, SpikenzieLabs, PyCom and more!
The Maker Festival is on July 9 and 10 from 10:00 to 5:00 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street.
To our loyal customers:
Up until this point, we have exclusively used Canada Post as our shipping provider. Unfortunately, it looks like there is a good chance that the Canadian Union of Postal Workers may go on strike effective July 4.
To keep our business going, we have added UPS services to our shipping options. As a small but growing business, our UPS rates are fairly high, so you may see increased shipping costs via UPS.
For our local customers, we are once again offering local pickup in Toronto. Just meet us at MakeWorks, 1139 College St. We request that you contact us via email prior to stopping by so we can make sure your items are ready.
We hope that Canada Post and the Postal Workers can resolve their differences as soon as possible!
Thank you for your business!
Welcome to our store! I wanted to share a bit about our vision for Elmwood Electronics.
While we are new to Canada we are not new to the Maker Electronics world. Our founder, Craig LeMoyne, started Chicago Electronic Distributors in 2013 and the company continues to be very successful. As we surveyed the Canadian landscape for Maker Electronics, we thought there was an opportunity to offer a wider selection of products from partners like Adafruit. With the buying power of our US and Canadian affiliates, we are able to offer great prices.
In addition to great prices and a wide selection, we are also experts in Arduino and Raspberry Pi. We regularly work on special projects for our customers, let us know an we would be happy to provide a quotation.
Thank you for your business!