This article explores the top 12 tips for any Raspberry Pi enthusiast, from getting started to building your final project complete with additional motors and drives
BANGALORE, INDIA: Since its launch in 2012 the Raspberry Pi has caught the imagination of hobbyists, engineers and young people alike.
The credit-card sized device quickly achieved iconic status and has now been sold in over 64 countries across the world. This article explores the top 12 tips for any Raspberry Pi enthusiast, from getting started to building your final project complete with additional motors and drives.
We share advice on the latest accessories and take a look into what the future holds for the Raspberry Pi.
1. Starting and the basics: On the element14 Community you can get free access to the official guide to getting started with Pi, complete with tips on SD cards, operating systems and how to get up and running. The Community also has a range of tusoftware debtorials to introduce you to Raspbian Linux, installing packages, coding style and a guide to building your first game.
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2. Use your computer's Internet connection for your Raspberry Pi:
If you don't have a convenient Ethernet connection, or a USB WiFi adapter handy, you can also use your Windows computer's WiFi connection and share it via Ethernet to the Raspberry Pi. This technique is called Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) in Windows. Here are guides to do this on various operating systems: Mac OS, Windows, or Linux (Ubuntu).
3. Making your Pi portable: The Raspberry Pi is usually powered from its USB port using a mains adaptor or computer. If you need your Pi to be portable many people have reported that the best solution can be found by using a backup power supply for a mobile phone that plugs directly into the Pi.
4. Unlock the true potential of your Raspberry Pi: Looking to learn to code? In which case Python is an excellent starting point. It's the standard programming language for the Raspberry Pi andits intuitive format means it's suitable for even the most novice of gamers. Here's a quick guide to getting started. http://bit.ly/ZkLSlN
5. Making your Raspberry Pi compatible with other devices: The more experienced Raspberry Pi user might want to further the capability of your Piby improving running times and connecting with external sensors... and what better way to do this than by combining it with an equally impressive device. The BeagleBone, like the Raspberry Pi, is a small low cost computer that connects to the Internet and runs software such as android. These two devices are very different and enjoy different strengths and weaknesses. The two devices naturally complement each other and combine to provide better functionality than either does alone. Find out how other engineers are combining the two.http://bit.ly/XWCqEa
PiFace digital: PiFace Digital allows you to connect your Raspberry Pi to real world devices such as driving outputs to power motors, actuators and LEDs, the possibilities are endless. This summer we'll also see the launch of PiFace, and Pi Rack - an accessory that will enable you to connect multiple PiFaces to the Raspberry Pi. http://bit.ly/12gHEex
Gertboard: The Gertboard is an add-on GPIO expansion board for the Raspberry Pi computer. It comes with a large variety of components, including buttons, LEDs, A/D and D/A converters, a motor controller, and an Atmel AVR microcontroller. The Gertboard turns your Raspberry Pi into a computer capable of controlling the real world, allowing you to detect and respond to external physical events. http://bit.ly/15KzleQ