Having been lucky enough to get a Pi Zero when they were first released on the cover of the MagPi magazine, we’ve had plenty of time to try out a number of different things on it.
During that time, one of the things that we’ve always had to consider is the question of how to get our Pi Zero on the network, so we’ve spent a little time investigating some of the different networking options for the Pi Zero.
We’ve been trying to get our hands on a BBC Microbit for quite some time now; especially after seeing a whole wall of them at the recent BETT Show in London a couple of weeks back.
Anyway, our good friends at Kitronik recently sent us a bundle of BBC Microbit goodies to play with; including their excellent Inventor’s Kit, a couple of different cases, a Prototyping System, breakout boards, and a motor driver board. It was like Christmas all over again.
We’ve been having a bit of a play with the new PaPiRus ePaper HATs from Pi Supply. These are basically small displays (they come in different sizes; 1.44″, 2.0″ and 2.7″) which use ePaper technology, and sit on the Raspberry Pi GPIO header. The great advantage of the ePaper (aka eInk) technology is that you can display information on the screen indefinitely; even after the power is switched off.
The Pipsta printer is a small thermal printer that allows you to print such things as labels, tickets, bar codes and QR codes directly from a Raspberry Pi. We’ve recently had the chance to build one up and try it out to see what it can do.
This Tuesday (15th December 2015), British Astronaut Tim Peake is due to head off into space for a 6 month mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Part of his mission will be to carry out some experiments using a couple of specially augmented Raspberry Pi computers (known as Astro Pis) that were recently delivered to the ISS.
These are RGB LEDs which have built in current limiting resistors, and header sockets that will fit straight onto the GPIO pins of a Raspberry Pi. There’s also a push button which, like the LED, has a built in protection resistor and header sockets to fit straight onto the GPIO pins.
We recently had a query from a customer who was having trouble setting up his Raspberry Pi with NOOBS. While investigating this issue, it occurred to us that there were a number of common pitfalls which can catch out the unwary; including, sometimes, ourselves.
So, here are a number of things to watch out for when installing an operating system on your Pi using the NOOBS distribution.
We’ve spent some time this week having a go with the Udoo Neo. This is an amazing little board that’s very similar in size to the Raspberry Pi, but has a lot of extra gadgets and gizmos built in to the board. You can check out the full specs of the Neo at their web site:-