Good insight idafez.
The main reasons I jumped from arduinos to Panda’s were the IDE and the onboard sd card. My goal was to replace the $1500 to $2000 daq’s that I was using with automated standalone units and the Panda’s have done that well. In the projects they are used in nothing more is required. I would love to have the time to explore every new platform that appears but I am spread way too thin for that. When I need additional capacity I will go there, but until then the Panda does the trick. The only area where it is lacking is in the resolution of the adc’s. 4 channel, 16 bit adc’s are now available that communicate through I2C so even that is not a concern. Except that they are hard to find because the new micro sensation Raspberry Pi has no adc’s and they have gobbled up the market supply. That unit is overkill for my requirements.
I understand the drive to go the gadgeteer route as it makes it more appealing to those with no electronics background, but I hope the panda’s stick around for a while.