Exciting news from Farnell (revealed in a tweet, and then on Scoop.it) – the assembled Gertboard is now available, and it’s not as expensive as I thought it would be. £30 + VAT (£36) buys you the board. They’re also selling the Pi with a case for £31.50 (inc VAT). You will obviously have to pay postage on top, but that’s a pretty good deal.
Gordon over at Drogon sums the Gertboard up nicely (in fact I had to search long and hard for something as succinct as this!):
The Gertboard is an add-on GPIO expansion and experimenter board for the Raspberry Picomputer. It comes with a large variety of components, including buttons, LEDs, A/D and D/A converters, a motor controller, and an ATmel ATmegs 328p AVR microcontroller which you can program using the standard Arduino IDE (with some minor modifications). Read more
To order an assembled Gertboard, follow this link: GERTBOARD
Interesting news for those who like alternative OSs. Firefox OS has been ported to the Raspberry Pi. Now, I’ve downloaded the package and am going to try it out in the next day or so and will detail installation and review it.
Firefox OS on the Raspberry Pi – The Firefox OS.
An interesting comparison of the potential of the Raspberry Pi vs a small form-factor Intel box using an Intel Core i3 chip. You might be surprised at who comes out on top! The price difference was particularly shocking. £25 vs £220!
Raspberry Pi vs Intel NUC: Need to Know | IT PRO Reviews.
Another interesting post from Matt Hawkins over at Raspberry Pi Spy about getting a cheap-as-chips PIR motion sensor working with Python and the Pi.
Cheap PIR Sensors and the Raspberry Pi – Part 1 | Raspberry Pi Spy.
A great instructable on how to create a wireless IP camera powered by a solar battery pack. Includes command-line commands to get it up and running with Motion.
Raspberry Pi: Completely Wireless IP Camera. Solar Battery Pack, WiFi, Logitech Camera, Raspbian.
“It’s Raspberry Pi week at Lifehacker, and for the next five days we’ll be showing you some cool DIY projects you can put together with this little miracle of a device. If you haven’t bought one yet, check out the first section below to learn more about what it is, what you’ll need, and the cool stuff you can do with one.”
A Beginner’s Guide to DIYing with the Raspberry Pi.