The ‘Average Man’ has got hold of a Pi-LITEr board from Ciseco. These tiny boards feature a row of bright surface-mounted LEDs and plug directly into the GPIO. It’s really good for teaching yourself about GPIO and you could make, for example, a really nice night-light out of it. He’s included some code examples to get you going and you should have fun if you decide to get one. (Plus they’re really cheap!). Read Average Man’s blog post about it. You can get hold of a PiLITEr from Ciseco here for £3.
Lauren Orsini has done a lovely round-up of all kinds of options for home automation using both the Pi and the Arduino. It’s basically a collection of links to other articles but the piece has been put together really well and is well worth a scan through! Read it here.
Matt Manning was recently at the Raspberry Pi Foundation giving a presentation on the Pi Community to the assembled educators. While he was there he interviewed James Adams, the Foundation’s director of hardware, about the Compute Module. This is a great interview as it clears up a little bit of the reasoning behind the module and the expected uses for it. The Compute Module will be around $30. The development I/O board will be considerably more than that and more in line with other development boards that currently exist for other platforms. Watch the interview here.
Scott Kildall has written a brief Instructable with details of mounting USB pen drives, and other USB storage devices, onto a Raspberry Pi. Mounting, in case you didn’t know, simply means telling the operating system how to use a storage device and where it is located on the file system.