BerryClip Add-on Boards

This unofficial site is devoted to the Raspberry Pi credit card sized computer offering tutorials, guides, resources,scripts and downloads. We hope to help everyone get the most out of their Pi by providing clear, simple articles on configuring, programming and operating it.

You will also find information about the BerryClip addon boards, the easiest, cheapest way to start experimenting with hardware and software.

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Eben Upton – Introducing the Raspberry Pi B+ Free Webinar

Eben Upton

The Element14 Community are hosting a free webinar where Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi and founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, is presenting. It’s free to sign-up so why not login and see what he has to say!

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ 3.5mm Audio/Video Jack

Raspberry Pi Model B+

The Model B+ features a new 3.5mm audio jack which also includes the composite video signal. This has allowed for the removal of the composite video socket found on the Model B.

The new jack is a 4-pole socket which carries both audio and video signals and is often found on other multimedia devices such as iPods, MP3 players and smartphones.

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ First Impressions

Raspberry Pi Model B+

My Raspberry Pi Model B+ arrived from RS Components on Thursday so here are some thoughts on the revised Pi design, what I think of it, what has changed and how this impacts existing and new users. I also took a set of photos to highlight the differences.

Hopefully this post will answer lots of the frequently asked questions I’ve seen being asked by Pi fans on web forums and social media channels.

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ And Addon Board Compatibility

Raspberry Pi Model B+ Header

Changes to the layout and connectors on the Raspberry Pi B+ may leave you wondering about the range of existing add-ons out there and whether they still work. Below you’ll find a table listing the add-on boards I either own or have seen other people using. The table lists the board and whether it works with the standard Model B and the Model B+.

Hopefully this will of interest to the owners of the existing 3 million Raspberry Pis out there. It will also help people continue to buy add-on boards without worrying that won’t work with their B+.

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Raspberry Pi B+ GPIO Header Details And Pinout

Raspberry Pi Model B+ GPIO Header Pin-out

One of the most significant changes to the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is the 40-pin header (J8). This offers and increase of 14 pins over the 26-pin header on the original Raspberry Pi.

This page aims to provide a set of information that should prove useful to anyone interfacing to these pins in their projects. It also includes a link to a printable PDF worksheet that is useful for making notes as you connect items to your header.

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New Raspberry Pi Model B+ Revealed

Raspberry Pi Model B+

Today news of a new Raspberry Pi model has been confirmed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It was revealed last night by various social media channels, blogs, and RS Components sites. These included Hackaday.com and the German RS Components site. According the Hackaday someone was sent a “Model B+” by Element14 before the official launch date and this resulted in leaked photos.

The new device is called the “Raspberry Pi Model B+” and includes a number of different updates. The CPU/GPU and 512B RAM remains unchanged.

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Operation Counterstrike – A Minecraft Game For The Pi

Minecraft Operation Counterstrike

After my “Building A Castle In Minecraft With Python” article I wanted to create a Minecraft game that was a bit more interactive. The “find a diamond” type game had already been done so I decided to do a slightly different version with a time limit.

“Operation Counterstrike” was born.

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Farnell USB Powered Soldering Iron

USB Soldering Iron

Yes you read it correctly : A USB powered soldering iron. When I first saw this device on sale on my initial thoughts were that it couldn’t possibly work and a USB port was never going to provide enough power. Farnell offered me one to review and I gladly took the opportunity.

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Building A Castle In Minecraft With Python

Minecraft Castle Banner

Once I had Minecraft setup on my Pi and had figured out how to use the Python API I wanted a little project to try it out. So I decided to create a script that would automatically create a castle with a moat and a couple of perimeter walls.

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Farnell Xtrinsic MEMS Sensor Board For Raspberry Pi


There are now lots of Raspberry Pi add-on boards and some are more well known that others. Farnell asked if they could send me something to review and while browsing their site I came across a board that I hadn’t seen before. It’s the “Freescale Xtrinsic Sensor Board for Raspberry Pi and FRDM”. They popped one in the post for me.

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