Wireless experts from PA Consulting have used a Raspberry Pi to run a mobile phone basestation that operates a private network. The team hooked the Raspberry Pi up to a radio interface and, using Open Source software, implemented the functionality of a mobile basestation. Along with two mobile phones with sim cards, PA created all the functionality to make the phones talk to each other. PA set up its Raspberry Pi in a screened room to ensure no laws on frequency spectrum were broken.
Olimex have brought out a new board which allows the Raspberry Pi to have access to UEXT modules like Relay modules, Thermocouple sensor modules, 3-axis magnetometer and accelerometers, Zigbee, WiFi, GSM, GPS etc.
You can purchase one here: RPi-UEXT.
This is a fantastic little board that works not only to give access to UEXT but also breaks out the GPIO pins very neatly. At only a little under 4 euros, you can’t really go wrong – it’s cheaper than the similar Pi Cobbler boards.
A comprehensive look at what you can do with the board is contained in the original pre-release announcement.
The long awaited developer preview of JavaFX on Raspberry Pi is finally out.
Alex over at Raspi.tv has done an excellent how-to for fitting a reset switch onto your Raspberry Pi.
Interesting news over at the Foundation. They’ve released some software which acts as an ‘app store’ for the Raspberry Pi. It runs on X windows under Raspbian (whether it works on other distros is unclear) and allows download and upload (moderated) of apps and materials.
Good news for all Pi enthusiasts. Whether or not it becomes the one-stop-shop for apps remains to be seen. There are now many repositories on Github and many pieces of software available via the package manager. However, the convenience of having software that allows you to do this is great.