Archive for August, 2012

MiniPiio PCB (Batch #2) board’s arrive

August 8th, 2012 No comments

We received our second batch of PCB’s from our manufacturer today.

In the package were 4 sets of blank PCB’s for the MiniPiio boards: MiniPiio_RS232 (v0.2) , MiniPiio_ULN2803 (v0.2) and two new board MiniPiio_Relay2 and MiniPiio_293D.

MiniPiio_Relay2 is a two relay board with dual change over relays and MiniPiio_293D is a Full-H Bridge motor controller based on the venerable 293D chip. More details to follow.

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Accessorize your Pi for £10

August 7th, 2012 No comments

Much has been said about how the cheap (as in low cost) the Raspberry Pi is, but I wanted to find out how cheap I could buy all the peripherals for.

SD-Card 2G/4G £3.00 staples/
HDMI lead £1.00 poundland/poundworld/ebay
mouse (USB £1.00 poundland/poundworld/ebay
keyboard (USB) £3.00 ebay/asda
Power Supply (5V USB) £1.00 poundland/poundworld/ebay
micro USB cable £1.00 poundland/poundworld/ebay

Cost of Accessories = £10.00

raspberry pi ~£22.00 from RS or Farnell

Interesting, I was able to get most of the things from my local poundland and poundworld. I had to visit both of them as neither had every thing I needed. In fact, when I went back a few days later to pick up a couple more of the £1 mice, only to find they were sold out :-(

Next on my list where the keyboard and SD-Card. I found my local Staples were selling off their surplus of a branded 4G card so I pickup up a couple of £2.99. A couple of weeks later, were having a sale so I picked up a 16G for £5.99. Buying a cheap keyboard in the shops proved to be the most difficult thing to find. In the end, a quick search of ebay got me a cheap one for £3.00.

As it happens I saved the cost of Power Supply and micro USB lead by using an old mobile phone supply and micro USB but you could still pick them up for £1 each at your local pound stores.

So there you have it you too can Accessorize your Pi for £10

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