Arguably one of the most important pieces of software to have in your hardware hacking arsenal; is a nice serial terminal emulator. There’s plenty of choice out there; from classic command line tools to flashier graphical options. Which ultimately all do the same thing in the end: let you easily communicate with gadgets using UART. But now you’ve got a new choice; instead of installing a serial terminal emulator, you can simply point your browser to the aptly-named serialterminal.com.
Well, maybe. As of this writing it only works on Chrome/Chromium (and by extension, Microsoft Edge). But assuming you are running the appropriate browser; you’ll be able to connect with your serial gadgets; with a simple interface that should be familiar to anyone who’s worked with more traditional terminal software. In a quick test here at the Hackaday Command Center; we were able to bring up the Bus Pirate UI with no problems using Chrome on Linux.
If you are getting started with serial sensors on a Raspberry Pi and not sure where to start? If you are anything like me then the minicom program is not really your ideal playground. I would give the web serial terminal a try.
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