Category Archives: Raspberry Pi Addons

Using Cube:Bit with Raspberry Pi

Using Cube:Bit with Raspberry Pi Attaching the Raspberry Pi The Cube:Bit is a 3D array of neo-pixels (SK6812-3535 to be precise). As such it can be accessed like any other strip, ring or matrix of neopixels using WS2812B compaible code. The base for the Cube:Bit (available separately) contains a 40-pin GPIO connector, into which a […]

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Cube:Bit – Magical RGB Cubes

Cube:Bit Magical RGB “neo-pixel” Cubes of awesome Purchase Cube:Bit here The Cube:Bit collection is a range of 3D “neo-pixel” compatible cubes that are easily built from individual 2D slices. The current range consists of 3×3, 4×4 and 5×5 slices together with a base unit that allows power to be added easily (big cubes can use […]

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Basic Building Blocks

Basic Building Blocks Basic Building Blocks is a range of soldering kits to make Raspberry Pi add-on boards (aka HATs). The 40-pin GPIO connector is already soldered on all boards (including when you purchase “board only” instead of the complete kit). So you typically only have to add a few components and headers by hand. […]

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ZeroPoint – Analog Output for your Raspberry Pi

ZeroPoint – Analog Output   Overview ZeroPoint is an analog gauge with a prototyping area for your own sensors The gauge is a small stepper motor (X27.168) that is driven using an H-bridge (it’s a bipolar stepper so needs to be driven both ways) Although it is a standard stepper motor to operate, it only […]

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PiStep2 Dual & Quad Stepper Controller for Raspberry Pi

PiStep2 Stepper Controllers for Raspberry Pi PiStep2 is the new (May 2016) release of PiStep which has been a standard stepper motor controller for Raspberry Pi for a couple of years. PiStep2 changes the GPIO header to a 40 pin version, compatible with all Raspberry Pis since B+. This includes A+, B+, 2B, 3B and […]

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PlayHAT

PlayHAT – Learn While Playing on Raspberry Pi Purchase PlayHAT here PlayHAT is a ready-assembled educational learning board with 9 full-colour neopixel LEDs with 4 big coloured buttons and a beeper It is a great way to start learning about use of GPIO in either Python or Scratch. It’s very easy to program; use the […]

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Using 4tronix Add-On Boards with Raspberry Pi Model B+

Model B+ Raspberry Pi Mounting Issues 14th July 2014 Click on any image to enlarge With the introduction today of the new Model B+ it is important to take note of the physical differences as well as the functional changes that have been made. Purchase from here The physical differences mean that some add-on boards […]

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IP Display Dongle

IP Display Dongle – Usage & Software (Click on any image to enlarge) The IPDisp V1 is a 4-digit 7-segment LED display utilising a “retro” LED of the type found in 1970s calculators. This makes for a cute little display device that can be used to display anything you like that will fit in a […]

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Simple Raspberry Pi Traffic Lights

Using Breadboard, LED & Resistors to Create a Traffic Light Click on any image to enlarge Fritzing Diagram PiCard:   Assembling Hardware Pop the PiCard pinout display over the GPIO pins on your Raspberry Pi ® making sure that pin 2 is in the corner of the board. This allows you to easily see where […]

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Adding Shroud to Extended Headers

Why? Extended headers on Raspberry Pi addon boards are a boon as they allow you to connect additional wires, or even another addon board in some situations. The problem is they tend to be relatively weak and can get bent over easily. Also, it is easy to plug things onto the extension shifted left or […]

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