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So I listened to John on episode 191 and he was talking about his Raspberry Pi. I was just wondering how many others are messing around with this board or any other development boards?

 

My current collection of development boards are:

  • Raspberry Pi
  • Arduino Uno w/ ethernet shield
  • A small development board with a PIC 18F microcontroller and LCD display
  • A couple additional prototype boards with PIC 18 microcontrollers.

I bought the PI just to mess with and see what it can do. I was intrigued by the ability to display 1080p video through HDMI. My Arduino was bought with the intent to add some intelligence to my washer and dryer but I have not had a chance to complete that project (yet). The other boards and parts are just for tinkering and learning.

 

I am curious if any one else is messing around with this stuff?

 

Chris

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I think I said on the show that I am not going to get one...but we talked about it a bit on the Home Tech Podcast on Thursday...and I think I have talked myself into it. $35 and John Z is hot on the product? Why wouldn't I?

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I couldn't resist buying one but it's not just $35. I bought from Newark and I had to pay sales tax and shipping. By the time I got it I was pushing $50. I am re-using parts from an old cell phone (microSD cards with their adapter and the charger).

 

I wanted to mention something I heard on the podcast. The question (from Jim) came up if you could power the Raspberry Pi off the USB port on your PC. I believe a PC USB port is only able to supply a maximum of 150mA of current to any one device. There are many devices that use much more than this (especially to charge batteries). This is why a cell phone can maintain it's charge when plugged into a PC (and in use) but you must use the wall wart charger to charge them back up.

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Hi, True you can't power the pi from your PC, http://revision3.com...la/raspberry-pi they mention that on Tekzilla. My brother has the Belkin USB hub http://www.belkin.co...oduct_Id=158910 that's capable to power the raspberry pi, but it's $50, so unless you already have it.... http://www.adafruit.com/category/105 have some nice toys for the pi and they are fan boys. When I ordered mine, I bought 2 to save on shipping, split the cost with my brother, who's running Raspbmc on it. http://www.raspbmc.com/ it takes a while to get the cover art and metadata because the CPU is limited, but once that's all download, then the videos run smoothly, so it's best to wait to play a video after it's done the scrapping, unless you turn that off. One of my friends ordered his on Tuesday and had it on Thursday, he's an electronics guy so I hope to build some circuits with his help and Adafruit.

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$65 for standard, $85 for custom engraving, but you get free shipping.

 

Not to Canada (or anywhere else for that matter).

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