Adafruit’s goal to help the world learn & share electronics and computer programming continues with our line of products made just for the Raspberry Pi®. What is the Raspberry Pi® ? A low-cost ARM GNU/Linux box.
The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The design is based on a Broadcom BCM2835 system on a chip (SoC), which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 512 megabytes of RAM. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an SD card for booting and long-term storage – Wikipedia.
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi:What can you do with the Raspberry Pi, a low cost computer the size of a credit card? All sorts of things! If you’re learning how to program, or looking to build new electronic projects, this hands-on guide will show you just how valuable this flexible little platform can be. Written by Matt Richardson & Shawn Wallace
This book takes you step-by-step through many fun and educational possibilities. Take advantage of several preloaded programming languages. Use the Raspberry Pi with Arduino. Create Internet-connected projects. Play with multimedia. With Raspberry Pi, you can do all of this and more. Read more.
Raspberry Pi Zero Budget Pack – Includes Pi Zero v1.3: At first glance, the Pi Zero isn’t much. It just looks like a slimmed down version of the Raspberry Pi we know and love. But when we started to think of the possibilities – and what a well-chosen set of accessories could add – we realized the appeal. And then we saw the price…could it be true? Yes!
This is the slimmest, most pared down Raspberry Pi to date. It’s kind of like the little cousin to the Pi 2 – with just a micro SD card slot, a mini HDMI port, two micro USB ports (one for power, one for USB), and 512MB of RAM. It has a single-core 1 GHz processor chip, similar to the Pi A+ and B+.
Remember those cereal commercials that would always say, “part of a complete breakfast”? Well the Pi Zero’s a lot like that bowl of cereal – while it’s great on its own, you need a lot of accessories to make it a complete meal.
The Pi Zero Budget Pack is almost everything you need to get going with your Pi Zero and make it a complete meal. Check out our writeup on the Pi Zero over at the Adafruit Learning System
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi: The Pimoroni Picade Console Controller is a stylish, retro, and fun arcade controller for your Raspberry Pi!
The Picade Console Controller comes in kit form for you to build at home. All parts, panels, and components are included – you just need to supply the Raspberry Pi! We highly recommend using a Raspberry Pi 2 as the extra processing power gives great performance in many emulators.
The panels are powder-coated in black so the end result feels like a finished, quality product. The chassis makes a great sounding board for the included speakers, you can’t fake that retro sound.
Spy Camera for Raspberry Pi: Is your house haunted? Or, rather, are you convinced that your house is haunted but have never been able to prove it since you’ve never had a camera that integrated with your raspberry pi but was still small enough that the ghosts wouldn’t notice it? Luckily, the Spy Camera for Raspberry Pi is smaller than a thumbnail with a high enough resolution to see people, or ghosts, or whatever it is you’re looking for. It’s about the size of a cell phone camera – the module being just 8.5mm x 11.3mm – and has a stick-on back so it’s easy to mount in a doorbell or behind a teddy bear’s eye (might as well be creative!) Read more.
Getting Started with Raspberry Pi: With the Pimoroni Piano HAT you can control hardware synthesizers and software synths or play some really beautiful music in Python. Surprise everyone with your creativity, maybe even yourself!
This HAT comes with 16 touch sensitive buttons, up and down octave controls, and 13 piano keys from C to shining C! Each button on Piano HAT can be individually watched in Python and hooked up to whatever mad-cap contraption or project you can imagine.
For all you Pro’s wanting to take this a step further, you can also make your Piano HAT output regular MIDI commands with a USB to MIDI adapter and take charge of your hardware synth gear.
Miniature Wireless USB Keyboard with Touchpad: Add a miniature wireless controller to your computer project with this combination keyboard and touchpad. We found the smallest wireless USB keyboard available, a mere 6″ x 2.4″ x 0.5″ (152mm x 59mm x 12.5mm)! It’s small but usable to make a great accompaniment to a computer such as the Beagle Bone or Raspberry Pi. The keyboard itself is battery powered (there’s a rechargeable battery inside that you charge up via the included USB cable). The keyboard communicates back to the computer via 2.4 GHz wireless link (not Bluetooth). Read more.
USB 2.0 Powered Hub – 7 Ports with 5V 2A Power Supply: Add lots more USB capability to your Raspberry Pi or computer using this powered USB 2.0 hub. It adds a full seven powered ports, all at USB 2.0 speeds so you can use video cameras and other high speed devices (cheaper hubs are v1.1 and not as fast!) Read more.
Raspberry Pi User Guide by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree – 3rd Edition: The Raspberry Pi User Guide, 3rd Edition by Eben Upton and Gareth Halfacree contains everything the reader needs to know to get up and running on the Raspberry Pi. The third edition is updated for the latest revision of the Raspberry Pi Model B+! Read more.
Programming the Raspberry Pi: Getting Started with Python – Second Edition: Program your own Raspberry Pi projects!
An updated guide to programming your own Raspberry Pi projects. Learn to create inventive programs and fun games on your powerful Raspberry Pi–with no programming experience required. This practical book has been revised to fully cover the new Raspberry Pi 2, including upgrades to the Raspbian operating system. Discover how to configure hardware and software, write Python scripts, create user-friendly GUIs, and control external electronics. DIY projects include a hangman game, RGB LED controller, digital clock, and RasPiRobot complete with an ultrasonic rangefinder. Read more.
Raspberry Pi Cookbook by Simon Monk: No, this book doesn’t have 412 pages of raspberry fruit pie recipes. But it does teach you basic principles to help you use your Raspberry Pi with new, developing technologies. It’s a great addition to the Getting Started with Raspberry Pi book and is an excellent next step for your Raspberry Pi needs.
The “recipes” in this book are all different tutorials on how to run your credit-card sized computer with Linux, program it with Python, hook up sensors, motors, and other hardware. Read more.
Raspberry Pi Displays, Mini Displays, and Monitors
Pi Foundation PiTFT – 7″ Touchscreen Display for Raspberry Pi: The 7” Touchscreen Display for Raspberry Pi gives users the ability to create all-in-one, integrated projects such as tablets, infotainment systems and embedded projects! Read more.
PiTFT – Assembled 320×240 2.8″ TFT+Touchscreen for Raspberry Pi: Is this not the cutest little display for the Raspberry Pi? It features a 2.8″ display with 320×240 16-bit color pixels and a resistive touch overlay. The plate uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top! Read more.
Adafruit PiTFT 2.2″ HAT Mini Kit – 320×240 2.2″ TFT – No Touch: The cute PiTFT got even more adorable with this little primary display for Raspberry Pi in HAT form! It features a 2.2″ display with 320×240 16-bit color pixels. The HAT uses the high speed SPI interface on the Pi and can use the mini display as a console, X window port, displaying images or video etc. Best of all it plugs right in on top of your Model A+ or B+ and fits into our case quite nicely. Read more.
HDMI 4 Pi – 7″ Display 1280×800 (720p) IPS – HDMI/VGA/PAL/NTSC: Yes, this is an adorable small HDMI television with incredibly high resolution! We tried to get the smallest possible HDMI/VGA display with high-res, high-contrast visibility. The visible display measures only 7″ (17.8cm) diagonal, and the TFT comes in an enclosure with HDMI, VGA and Composite inputs. The display is very easy to use – simply connect the included 12VDC adapter to the 2.1mm center-positive DC jack, then connect a digital video source to one of the ports. Voila, a television display! There’s some little buttons on the front that let you enter a menu system for adjusting brightness, color and contrast. It auto-detects which input you have and switches to that one or you can ‘select’ from the menu which to display. It comes with a basic stand (shown) and there are four ‘mounting thread’ holes in the back in a 75mmx75mm square and you can use M4 screws to attach it to an enclosure. There’s also a “Camera Mount” 1/4-20 hole in the bottom so you can attach it to a camera-ready mount. Read more.
Adafruit Ultimate GPS HAT for Raspberry Pi A+/B+/Pi 2 – Mini Kit: It’s 10PM, do you know where your Raspberry Pi is? If you had this GPS HAT, you would! This new HAT from Adafruit adds our celebrated Ultimate GPS on it, so you can add precision time and location to your Raspberry Pi Model A+, B+, or Pi 2. Read more.
Adafruit 16-Channel PWM / Servo HAT for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit: The Raspberry Pi is a wonderful little computer, but one thing it isn’t very good at is controlling DC Servo Motors – these motors need very specific and repetitive timing pulses to set the position. Instead of asking the Pi Linux kernel to send these signals, pop on this handy HAT! It adds the capability to control 16 Servos with perfect timing. It can also do PWM up to 1.6 KHz with 12 bit precision, all completely free-running. Read more.
Adafruit Capacitive Touch HAT for Raspberry Pi – Mini Kit – MPR121: This touch-able add on HAT for Raspberry Pi will inspire your next interactive project with 12 capacitive touch sensors. Capacitive touch sensing works by detecting when a person (or animal) has touched one of the sensor electrodes. Capacitive touch sensing used for stuff like touch-reactive tablets and phones, as well as control panels for appliances, which is where you may have used it before. This HAT allows you to create electronics that can react to human touch, with up to 12 individual sensors. Read more.
More Raspberry Pi Packs
CadSoft EAGLE Make Personal PCB Design Software V7 RasPi Combo – Includes Raspberry Pi 2, Model B: As if this software wasn’t great enough already (really, we use it all the time) we’re throwing in a FREE Raspberry Pi 2 with every purchase of this software!
When you buy this bundle, we’ll mail you a license card with a download code for everybody’s favorite CadSoft EAGLE Make Personal PCB Design Software (V7) and a complimentary Raspberry Pi 2, Model B! What a deal. Read more.
Microsoft IoT Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 – w/ Raspberry Pi 2: The Microsoft Internet of Things Pack for Raspberry Pi 2 is the best way to get started using Windows 10 and your Raspberry Pi as an IoT enabled device.
A collaboration between Microsoft’s IoT division and Adafruit, this pack’s the best way to get started using both Windows 10 on your Pi and to start doing some popular projects with the internet of things. Read more.
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B Starter Pack – Includes a Raspberry Pi 2: Why not trick out your fresh new board with some accessories? The Pi 2 is a big deal – a big, big deal. It has an upgraded ARMv7 multicore procssor and a full Gigabyte of RAM – meaning you’re going to see ~2x the performance on processor-upgrade only and 4x on average for mutliple-core procssors. That’s up to like 7.5x increase in speed without taking into account the 1 Gig of RAM. Read more.
Assembled Pi Cobbler Plus – Breakout Cable for Pi B+/A+/Pi 2: The Raspberry Pi B+/Pi 2 has landed on the Maker World like a 40-GPIO pinned, quad-USB ported, credit card sized bomb of DIY joy. And while you can use most of our great Model B accessories by hooking up our downgrade cable, its probably a good time to upgrade your set up and accessorize using all of the Model B+’s / Pi 2’s 40 pins. Read more.
Adafruit Half-size Perma-Proto Raspberry Pi Breadboard PCB Kit: We put a PermaProto half sized proto board in a blender with a Pi Cobbler and out emerged this very tasty confection – the PermaProto for Pi! It has the Cobbler baked right in. Simply solder the 2×13 pin header in and you get all the labeled breakouts with tons of prototyping space, power rails, mounting holes and that gorgeous silk. Read more.
Stacking Header for Pi A+/B+/Pi 2 – 2×20 Extra Tall Header: Stack multiple plates, breakouts etc onto your Raspberry Pi Model B+ with this custom-made extra-tall and extra-long 2×20 female header. The female header part has extra spaces to make it 23mm tall: when placed on your Pi, a PCB will clear the Ethernet and USB jacks. The stacky pin part is also extra-long, 10mm, so that when a standard 1.5mm thickness PCB is installed, there will be 8.5mm remaining, plenty to plug into. Read more.
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