Items tagged with Raspberry Pi

The first release candidate of the 4.8 Linux kernel has just been unleashed, which means its stable release is not too far behind. This particular version packs a serious wallop, so let's dive right in. For starters, there's some serious graphics love in 4.8, which includes initial NVIDIA Pascal support. That support relates to the open-source Nouveau driver, and is quite minimal at this point: it just adds mode-setting support. For users of Pascal-based graphics cards in Linux, NVIDIA has been offering proprietary drivers since each card's respective launch (including the new GeForce GTX 1060). What's a little unexpected in this kernel is the addition of AMD GPU overclocking, which like the... Read more...
It’s been said that strapping human pilots into supersonic aircraft will soon become a thing of the past. Between the use of drones and advanced AI that can autonomously fly aircraft without having to deal with G-limits or fatigue, why would the military even bother risking putting human pilots at risk? Well, the folks on the side of Skynet have some more ammunition thanks to ALPHA, which was developed by University of Cincinnati doctoral graduate and Psibernetix President and CEO Nick Ernest and David Carroll, programming lead at Psibernetix. ALPHA is a thoroughly modern genetic-fuzzy system. It uses Genetic Fuzzy Tree methodology (you can read up these systems with this supplemental text).... Read more...
Last year, the BBC embarked on an ambitious project to help inspire children to code. The BBC’s “Make it Digital” initiative aimed to put one million Micro:bit computers into the hands of Year 7 students (11 and 12 year olds) in the UK for free, and drew on the expertise of software and hardware partners including Microsoft, ARM and Samsung. After the successful rollout of the Micro:bit to UK school children, attention is being turned to the general public. The Micro:bit is now available commercially at a starting price of £13 or around $19, which will get you just the board and nothing else. A Micro:bit Go starter bundle tosses in the board itself, a USB cable, a battery holder, two AA batteries... Read more...
One of the most popular add-ons for Raspberry Pi's low-cost mini PC line is a 5-megapixel visible-light camera board. It also happens to be Raspberry Pi's first official accessory, which it introduced in 2013. Now three years later, modders and makers have access to a pair of new camera boards, both based on Sony's IMX219 8-megapixel sensor. The new camera boards are available in visible-light and infrared flavors. As with the old model, these can be used in a variety of projects, including telescopes, kites with aerial views, science lessons, hyperspectral imaging hacks, and the list goes on. The introduction of a new camera accessory comes as stock of the old model has nearly run out. Raspberry... Read more...
Not long ago, Amazon showed us how to build an Amazon Echo Smart AI-assisted speaker system with the versatile Raspberry Pi but this beauty of a modding project is a bit of old school goodness that just warms our geek hearts. What do you get when you cross a classic portable gaming system like the original Game Boy with more modern internals from one of the most popular DIY single board computer systems around? Thanks to one rather inventive modder, we now have what is probably the coolest Game Boy on the planet — one that is capable of playing Game Boy, Game Boy Advance, NES, SNES and Sega Genesis titles in full color. The modder, who goes by the name of Wermy, started with a circa 1989... Read more...
The Amazon Echo has been a pretty hot gadget to have around the home.  At its core, the Echo is a smart speaker system which can respond to voice commands care of Amazon's digital personal assistant named Alexa.  Alexa can queue up your favorite playlist, remind you about your meetings for the day, re-order toilet paper, or even help set some mood lighting with the right integration.  For all the fun and convenience the Echo can offer, though, it doesn't come cheap with a current price point of $179.99.Fortunately, Amazon has provided a solution to this cost problem, provided you are willing to get your hands dirty. Amazon released instructions on GitHub this week on how to setup... Read more...
It was just two weeks ago when the Raspberry Pi 3 was introduced, bringing with it integrated 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and a new Cortex-A53-based, 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core processor. Now, Western Digital is getting in on the action with a new accessory destined for the Raspberry Pi. That’s right, to celebrate Pi Day, Western Digital just pulled the wraps off the 314GB (get it?) HDD which the company says was purpose built for Raspberry Pi. Since SD cards are often not capacious enough and traditional USB hard drives sucks down just way too much power, the USB-powered PiDrive is meant to provide a low-cost, low-power alternative. The PiDrive itself is based on Western Digital’s 500GB platform... Read more...
We first got a glimpse of the Raspberry Pi 3 thanks to an FCC filing, but now Raspberry Pi has officially lifted the veil on its latest mini PC. And today is not a special day just because of the Raspberry Pi 3; it also marks four years exactly since the original 256MB Raspberry Pi Model B was introduced. The Raspberry Pi 3 is fully compatible with the first and second generation models, but brings with it a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core processor (it offers roughly ten times the computing performance of the original Raspberry Pi). More importantly, the new Cortex-A53-based processor is between 50 to 60 percent faster than the Raspberry Pi 2. On the functionality front, 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth... Read more...
It's beginning to look like Raspberry Pi's developers are keen on releasing newer models a lot quicker than before. The second generation unit was released just last February, and already we're being treated to a tease of the third iteration. Well, by "tease", we mean that the FCC has a public filing now of all of the important bits of info - including photos. At first glance the RPi 3 looks similar to the Raspberry Pi 2. With top-down images side-by-side, it took us some serious effort to spot the differences, and the differences we did see turned out to be some modification to the traces and filter cap arrangements on the board, not the ports, headers and slots. The only thing the... Read more...
Out of all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, one of the niftiest might not even be a discounted product. Instead, a strong contender is the Raspberry Pi Zero, another tiny programmable PC like the Raspberry Pi Model A and Model B, but at a fraction of the already low price -- it's just $5! That's 80 percent less than the original Raspberry Pi, which makes it even more accessible to budding programmers on a low budget than ever before. Heck, it's tough to walk out of Starbucks without spending more than $5, and while the Raspberry Pi isn't edible, the price is certainly delectable. "Of all the things we do at Raspberry Pi, driving down the cost of computer hardware remains one of the most... Read more...
We recently set out to design a mini desktop computer with the wildly popular Raspberry Pi single board computer. The Raspberry Pi is a Linux-driven, ARM processor-based micro computer that is known for its low cost and small size. People use the device for a variety of projects, from micro-servers to low cost media players. Basically, our goal was to turn what is currently one of the cheapest bare-bones computer boards  into a fully enclosed mini desktop computer that could be taken anywhere without the need for cabling or setup. One of the high level goals of this project was also to learn about programming with Linux and get a good feel for it with the Debian distribution.Update 11/28/2015:... Read more...
It might have taken nearly an entire year to arrive, but the official touch display for the Raspberry Pi is here. Fortunately, the long wait isn't being met with an overpriced product - that'd be rather atypical of the Raspbery Pi foundation. Instead, you'll be able to get a very capable 7-inch touch screen for about $60 USD. With a resolution of 800x480, this is far from being a "high-resolution" panel, but the feature set more than makes up for that. It takes advantage of the RPi's DSI connector, which allows users to continue using the HDMI port for other purposes - and it is possible to use both the touchscreen and external display at the same time. Another cool perk: the chassis can be had... Read more...
It might be hard to believe, but the Raspberry Pi finally has an official case, and it's one that's had quite the journey to come to fruition. While a case might seem like a simple endeavor, RPi's Gordon Hollingworth notes that the beginnings of this one began two-and-a-half years ago. It's a good thing that the end result looks great: One of the biggest design goals of this case was to make it attractive, but affordable - two aspects that are sometimes rare to be see together. After all, no one really wants to use an "ugly" case, but if you're going the RPi route to begin with, you probably don't want to pay as much for the case as you did the hardware. In this "case", you won't have to, as... Read more...
When the first Raspberry Pi model came out just over three-years-ago, who would have guessed the kind of spark it'd have on the market? Since its release, there have been numerous add-ons available for it, a ton of different software crafted for it, follow-up models, and of course, lots of competition. Well, up to this point, there hasn't been competition quite like 'CHIP'. CHIP is a brand-new Kickstarter project that aims to get some computing power into the hands of anyone, something its mere $9 price tag will help. Each CHIP sports a 1GHz processor, 512MB of memory, 4GB of storage, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 4.0.  CHIP may not boast monsterous performance, but its developers say... Read more...
As we discovered at the start of the month, the Raspberry Pi 2 brings a lot of good stuff to the table. We're talking double the RAM, a quad-core processor, Windows 10 support - it's all great stuff. But one thing we didn't realize it also introduced was a bizarre flaw that's been dubbed "XENON DEATH FLASH". You see, if your camera happens to have a Xenon flash, taking a picture of the RPi 2 while it's operational might cause it to lock up, or power off. It sounds ridiculous, but it's true. After user PeterO asked on the official RPi forums about why the latest model is so "camera-shy", others eventually jumped in with their confirmations. As you might expect, it took very little time before... Read more...
A couple of weeks ago, we talked about the forthcoming Raspberry Pi touchscreen - the last ingredient needed to create that "PiPad". At the same time, we mentioned that a new A+ model RPi was en route, which the foundation hopes will sell far better than the original A; while the B model sold a staggering 4 million units, A sold a modest 100,000. Today, we get our first sneak peak at the new A+ model, and we have a clumsy e-tailer to thank. The A+'s PCB looks similar to the B+ in layout, but it's clear that the B+ will remain in another class on its own. Specs noted include a 700MHz Broadcom BCM2835 CPU and 256MB of RAM, a single USB 2.0 port, full-size HDMI, and perhaps not surprisingly, a DSI... Read more...
Despite having been available on the market for over two-and-a-half years, it seems like the hype surrounding the Raspberry Pi has waned very little. Every once in a while, we'll be reminded of just how cool and capable the micro-PC is, with one example coming to us just last week, with the announcement that an official touchscreen is on its way. Now, we learn that Mozilla has some big plans for the RPi. With the most recent MozFest having just concluded, Mozilla is shifting some of its gears towards getting its Firefox OS ported to the Raspberry Pi. Obviously, the RPi isn't void of quality OS options, but with a name like Mozilla backing this one, it has a good chance of being well-received.... Read more...
Since the Raspberry Pi mini-computer hit the market in early 2012, the company behind it has wanted to release a touch display that perfectly complements it. Well, RPi's founder, Eben Upton, revealed at TechCrunch's Disrupt conference that it's finally on its way. Get ready to build your very-own "PiPad". Admittedly, to call anything a tablet that's simply a touchscreen connected to a small motherboard is trying too hard, but clunkiness aside, the possibilities here are endless. Assuming that the price is kept low, just like the RPi is, this could be a huge boon to those wanting to implement touch into their projects. I could even see some people making a business out of building purpose-built... Read more...
A new Kickstarter has launched for a product called the Pi Vessel. Developed by MSDGroup Inc, the Pi Vessel is a microcomputer for the family that features the Raspberry Pi platform and Linux operating system for an affordable price. The Pi Vessel’s construction and components are quite simple. It features a case with AC power, Raspbery Pi B or Raspeberry Pi B+ single board computer, 8GB microSD/SD, Raspbian OS with programs, a VESA mount, power cord, and user manual. It is useful for text presentations and spreadsheets, to play simple games, videos, and audio files. Backers wishing to get receive the Pi Vessel will have to pledge at least $129 (limited to 100) to get the full product,... Read more...
Netvertibles, Chromebooks, and Xbox consoles turned into laptops. We've seen all of that, but a 3D-printed laptop huddled around a Raspberry Pi? It sounds like nerd heaven, and it's now a reality. The Pi-Top is very likely the world's first 3D-pri ted, Raspberry Pi-powered laptop, and rather than just being a one-off project, it's one that you can enjoy yourself. The Pi-Top's creator is offering DIY kits up for sale, with a price point that's actually fairly accessible for the average (okay, maybe skewing hardcore) hobbyist If you have access to a 3D printer, you can print the shell on your own and embed the Raspberry Pi afterwards. If you're still lacking a 3D printer, you can buy the cast directly... Read more...
A new flavor of Raspberry Pi is going to lead to some interesting mods, or so that's the hope. Raspberry Pi is being shrunk down and baked onto a SODIMM module, which modders and makers will be able to plug into their own home brewed Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). If that's above your skill or interest level, the Raspberry Pi Foundation also has in its recipe book a Compute Module I/O board to help designers get started. The SODIMM contains the guts of a Raspberry Pi -- BCM2835 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 4GB eMMC flash storage (essentially the equivalent of having an SD card in the Pi). All of those parts are integrated into a 67.6mm by 30mm board that fits into a standard DDR2 SODIMM connector.... Read more...
Historically, hardware makers in the technology space have had it fairly tough. Entry costs are extremely high, finding a manufacturing facility that meets high standards is tough, and judging just how interested a consumer base is in advance is nearly impossible to nail. But when it comes to the Raspberry Pi, that's one product that has seemingly caught fire. Of course, the open source base and the ultra-cheap pricing probably has helped tremendously, but either way, we're glad that it's living to see yet another day. Element14 has just unveiled a new 8GB Raspberry Pi Bundle, which will ship for $40. The new pack incorporates a Raspberry Pi B Board and an 8GB SD card with the all six of the... Read more...
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