The Raspberry Pi Pico certainly put the cat amongst the pigeons in 2021, but it was missing one key feature, Wi-Fi. Sure we can hack our own solution but we had to wait until mid 2022 for Raspberry Pi to announce the Raspberry Pi Pico W in order to get official support.
The Raspberry Pi Pico W was released with a robust MicroPython firmware, but CircuitPython, our favorite microcontroller Python release, was sadly missing support. It may have taken a few months but down to the hard work of @jeffepler we now have CircuitPython 8 Beta 2 which offers Wi-Fi support for the Pico W, while retaining the familiar CircuitPython ecosystem.
To celebrate this milestone we put together a project to highlight CircuitPython on the Raspberry Pi Pico W. We’ll be working with live data from an RSS news feed, converted to JSON and then displayed on a tiny OLED screen.