New audio and midi interface board for the Raspberry Pi – pisound

A group from Lithuania has launched an IndieGoGo campaign for a new sound board for the Raspberry Pi. Called pisound, it has the following features:

  • Hi-fi stereo input and output
  • Classic midi input and output
  • User-customisable button
  • Bundled software tools
  • Two dials for volume and gain

Here’s the blurb from the campaign:

pisound is an ultra-low latency high-quality soundcard and MIDI interface specially designed for Raspberry Pi pocket computers. Equipped with 192kHz 24-bit stereo input and output driven by the legendary Burr-Brown chips, classic MIDI In and Out ports, user-customizable button and bundled software tools, this little board is an all-around solution for your Raspberry Pi based audio projects.

You can see the campaign video below and visit the campaign here.

Raspberry Pi celebrates Birthday Weekend event with a special video – can you spot yourself?

The Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Weekend was a fantastic event, full of fun, laughter and, of course, great content. Myself and Tim were delighted to volunteer for it and had a great weekend. To celebrate the Weekend, Raspberry Pi have just posted a video which you can view below. Lots of well-known people – how many can you spot? (You get special points for spotting me… or my back anyway 😉 )

For those who weren’t able to make it, David Ferguson is curating a playlist of videos of the talks here.

Make an internet clock with RasPiO Inspiring and a Raspberry Pi Zero W

Alex Eames is currently running a Kickstarter to fund his latest project – RasPiO Inspiring. As part of the campaign (which is already funded!), he has shot a video of a project you can do with the driver board and an Inspiring LED circle. He’s placed the driver board on top of a Raspberry Pi Zero W, which gives him internet access, and then connected the driver board to the Inspiring circle. He’s then written some code that gets the current time from his Pi (which is correct, thanks to the wifi connectivity and a service called NTP) and then displays it using LEDs on the circle. Rather ingenious, and very blinky! He’s offering the kit that you can use to replicate the project for £30 (including the Zero W!) on the Kickstarter for delivery in September.

He’s blogged about the NTP clock project here and you can watch a quick walk-through video here:

I’m rather tempted by it – even though I’ve already backed the pyramid which you can see in action below.

Alex has also done a walk-through video of the code which you can see on his blog post.

So, if you haven’t already, take a look at the Kickstarter campaign – it’s good value, a lot of fun and bright… so incredibly bright (he says, blinking).

How to set-up your Raspberry Pi headlessly with Raspbian Jessie

Frederick Vandenbosch, who had the pleasure of meeting at the Raspberry Pi Big Birthday Weekend last weekend, has just written up a great guide to working headless with a Raspberry Pi (i.e. without a screen, keyboard or mouse plugged into the Pi itself). He’s focused on Raspbian Jessie Lite, but it will work with both flavours of the Pi’s favourite operating system, and with all flavours of Raspberry Pi, provided you’ve got wifi capability via on-board functionality or wifi dongle. He goes through the process of downloading and burning the image with Etcher and setting up ssh and a wifi connection. Read the tutorial here.

Major win for pi-top as it’s Raspberry Pi-based operating system and hardware is endorsed by OCR

London-based company pi-top has scored a major success this week as its pi-topOS has been endorsed by leading examination-awarding body OCR (Oxford, Cambridge and RSA). pi-top has successfully adapted the standard Raspbian operating system by adding a simplified desktop and additional software: pi-topCODER – a special environment and teaching system for learning programming; and pi-topUNIVERSE – a custom, alien planet-based RPG which focuses on visual programming problems to progress in the game. The company, which has developed both the pi-top (a Raspberry Pi-powered laptop) and pi-topCEED (a screen with a compartment for the Raspberry Pi and accessories, pictured below) are said to be delighted with the endorsement.