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Luos expands support for edge devices with ESP32 microcontroller family

Luos, an open-source software maker for edge and embedded distributed systems, has announced support for its open-source IoT development platform’s widely used Espressif ESP32 multipoint control unit (MCU). The addition of the ESP32 microcontroller lets IoT product developers easily add different plug-and-play microservices, the company says.

According to the company, the Luos topology detection feature allows embedded developers to add features to an existing system and to hot plug boards. (Hot plugging is the addition of components to a running system). In addition, Luos developed the Robus network to effectively communicate with other MCUs, regardless of the brand.

Luos combines hardware and software libraries primarily written in Rust programming language to orchestrate robotic applications. Meanwhile, the Robus network is a low-cost modular network developed for communication between components in the hardware ecosystem.

“Adding support for the ESP32 makes Luos compatible with IoT product development happening around the world,” said Nicolas Rabault, co-founder and CEO of Luos. “A broad community of developers can benefit from the plug-and-play and our microservices approach makes it easy to share and reuse functionality in many innovative projects that are in prototyping or production phases.”

Luos software already supports several other microcontroller manufacturers, including STMicroelectronics, Microchip, Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and now Espressif Systems. Luos has provided a detailed guide on how to get started with the ESP32 evaluation board, demonstrating how to use a simple button package with the ESP32 family.

Luos created a hardware abstraction layer based on the ESP-IDF software development kit to create the Robus network and exchange messages through the Luos protocol. Luos HAL is compatible with several microcontroller boards developed by Espressif Systems, including ESP32-S2, ESP32-S3, and ESP32-C3.

Last month, Luos started a discord community for edge embedded developers to share and exchange ideas. Through the discord platform, developers can solve queries and discuss potential future applications using the open-source Luos software. Per the press release, the discord community had around 2,000 developers from around the globe.

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