Pingo provides a uniform API to program devices like the Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone Black, pcDuino etc. just like the Python DBAPI provides an uniform API for database programming in Python.
The API is object-oriented but easy to use: a board is an instance of a Board subclass. Every board has a dictionary called pins which lists all GPIO pins on the board. Each pin is an instance of a Pinsubclass with attributes that you can inspect to learn about its capabilities.
The name Pingo is a tribute to Garoa Hacker Clube, where the project started (the words pingo and garoaare related in Portuguese). To our English-speaking friends we like to say that it means “pin, go!” — the main purpose of this package.