This project came about as a need to have a web portal for our HR software installed in our break rooms. I needed a low budget, easy to deploy solution that anyone can use. The goals for the project were to have a web browser that allowed user access to only a few websites, a locked down browser, and an inability to access the OS. There are a ton of mini-PC’s available at a wide array of prices. As a Windows admin, I was initially considering Windows 7 Pro in an effort to minimize OS creep across my systems. After examining the available mini-computers, I discovered that by the time I had a viable Windows 7 machine, I was looking at $350 or more minimum for the completed system hardware without the Windows license. The Android machines all had touch screen interfaces or seemed like they may be more of a hassle to work with than I’d like. I kept coming back to the Raspberry Pi.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.