April 15, 2015
RPi Breadboard+ is a solderless prototyping breadboard add-on for the Raspberry Pi. Using the breadboard and female to female wires you can quickly prototype and test your electronic design.
A large portion of the add-on is taken up by a 140-pin breadboard and surrounding the breadboard on all four sides are a number female headers.
All of the Raspberry Pi GPIO signals are brought out to two 16-pin female headers located near the top and bottom of the breadboard. 3.3V (5-pin), 5V (5-pin) and 0V/Ground (12-pin) power supplies are also brought out to female headers located to the sides of the breadboard.
The add-on features 3x LED’s (red, yellow and green) and 2x push-button tactile switches each having a 2-pin female header for easy use with the rest of the board.
Size wise it conforms to a standard HAT board size (65 x 56mm) and mounting holes. So its compatible with the Raspberry Pi A+, B+ and Pi2.
There is an EEPROM PCB footprint for future HAT configuration compatibly but its not fitted on this version.
You can find them on Tindie here.
February 27, 2015
The wiring in my Raspberry Pi mini arcade cabinet is getting a much needed upgrade.
I originally build R-Kade for Maker Faire 2013 and its been at various other Faire’s around the country and at eDay for the last two years. It was quickly build out of a bookshelves, old VGA monitor, WII arcade controller and a raspberry pi. The control board was removed from the WII arcade controller and the joystick and buttons wired directly to a prototyping board on the Pi. Unfortunately, it’s this wiring which is becoming a problem and needs redoing.
Rather than just strip out the wires and rewire new, I decided to make myself a better solution and have designed a Pi ArcadeIO board. The ArcadeIO board has screw terminals for connecting the wires to the Pi’s GPIO signals. In addition the GPIO signals have in-line resistors to limited the effects of any short circuits. There are addition screw terminal positions for connecting common grounds for the arcade switches and joystick.
December 31, 2014
I got very excited when I saw the ESP8266 modules way back in September, a WIFI module for under $5, so I ordered a few ESP-01 and they arrived in due course.
The ESP-01 is great if you just want to add WIFI connectivity to your project, but once I realised you could program the onboard micro I knew I wanted access to the GPIO and other interfaces to make a standalone WIFI I/O node. I didn’t have to wait too long and back in November when I saw the ESP-03 module which breakouts a number of GPIO signals and interfaces to pads on the module. I ordered some and they arrived just before Christmas.
There are now over a dozen different styles (ESP-xx) of ESP8266 modules.
Here’s a few good ESP8266 links:
Espressif – the company that makes the ESP8266 SoC
The ESP community forum
Sites with good info. and tutorials
November 30, 2014
Of the recent Pi boards I’ve made I think UserPort is probably my favourite. It’s a mimic of the BBC’s micros digital User Port and Analogue Port.
Back in the 80’s (gosh that sounds old) I built many electronic, robotic and other projects using the Beebs digital User Port and Analogue so reproducing their functionality for the Pi was a pleasure.
Digital I/O is provided by a I2C MCP23017 16-channel Port Expander
20W IDC Connector
Analogue Inputs by a 4-channel SPI MCP3004 10-bit ADC.
15W D Connector
4 ADC CH3
7 ADC CH1
12 ADC CH2
15 ADC CH0
Check my other stuff on Tindie
October 31, 2014
We’ve finally managed to find time to list two new boards on Tindie.
The first is RPi-X PIAC which is an experimenter add-on board for small industrial control projects. It feature 4x Relays (Change Over), 4x Opto-Isolated Inputs and 4x Analogue Inputs (0V to 10V). It also has a RS485 serial interface for communicating with industrial networks. You can find them here
The second board is RPiB+ Breakout+ which is a breakout board for the Raspberry PI B+ I/O signals. It features 2x SPI headers, 2x I2C headers, 2x UART headers and 2x GPIO headers. It also has a prototyping area which is useful building your own circuits. It is compatible with the HAT board size and has a EEPROM (currently not fitted) for future HAT configuration. You can find them here