Category Archives: Hardware

Farnell PiFace Control & Display Raspberry Pi Add-on Board

The PiFace Control and Display (PiFace CAD) addon for the Raspberry Pi is a great way of adding a screen and buttons to your Pi. Once you’ve installed the Python libraries it is easy to get your code to interact … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi USB Power Bank Mega Test August 2014

Recently I was sent a new USB Power Bank by Lumsing. Rather than test it in isolation I decided to test against the three¬†existing battery packs I already had. This would give a better point of comparison but would also … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ 3.5mm Audio/Video Jack

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 … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ First Impressions

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 … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Model B+ And Addon Board Compatibility

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 … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi B+ GPIO Header Details And Pinout

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 … Continue reading

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New Raspberry Pi Model B+ Revealed

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. … Continue reading

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Operation Counterstrike – A Minecraft Game For The Pi

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 … Continue reading

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Farnell USB Powered 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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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