Rob brought along a few Raspberry Pi Revision 2 Boards to show off for the event. He also brought along two very exciting products that will hopefully come out in the near future. The first one was the Gertboard, which we are looking forward to immensely. This is the creation of Broadcom employee Gert Van Loo. It enables the Pi to run servos and motors and the sensing of voltages and currents. The Gertboard will be a kit that you have to fully assemble, which includes soldering lots of small components. The Gertboard will open up a wonderful world of robotics projects for the Raspberry Pi. The second product is actually a 5MP Camera that will attach to the Raspberry Pi via a pin connector. This camera is being designed by Raspberry Pi and will be offered at $25 when it is released. Rob mentioned they created it because it would be hard for the general public to obtain a cellphone camera that takes 5MP stills and shoots 1080p video for $25. Rob said that the Raspberry Pi Foundation has buying power when it comes to getting these cameras and after all most of them work for Broadcom, so it’s great they will be able to offer these to us at such a great price. Rob will be developing the drivers to run the camera as soon as he is off the hackspace tour which ends in Austin, TX.
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