Raspberry Pi LogoFarnell PiFace Control & Display Raspberry Pi Add-on Board

PiFace Control & Display

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 with the screen while receiving input from the five buttons and rocker switch.

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Raspberry Pi LogoEnabling The SPI Interface On The Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi has a Serial Peripheral Interface (SPI) bus which can be enabled on Pins 19,21,23,24 & 26. It is a synchronous serial data link standard and is used for short distance single master communication between devices. As far as the Pi is concerned this is usually relevant to certain sensors and add-on boards.

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Raspberry Pi LogoRaspberry Pi USB Power Bank Mega Test August 2014

Lumsing 11000mAh Power Bank

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 allow me to revist the performance of the devices I tested when they were new.

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Raspberry Pi LogoEben 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 LogoRaspberry 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 LogoRaspberry 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 LogoRaspberry 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 LogoRaspberry 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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Raspberry Pi LogoNew 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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Raspberry Pi LogoOperation 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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