Raspberry Pi

  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that a version 3 upgrade to its A+ cut-down computer board first introduced in 2014 has been one of its most frequent requests from makers. With the Pi 3 Model B+ now shipping, the Foundation has filled that gap with the all-new Pi 3 Model A+.​
  • March 14 is Pi Day (3/14), and what better way to celebrate than with a brand new Raspberry Pi micro-computer board? The Raspberry Pi Foundation has today released the Pi 3 Model B+, with a more powerful CPU, improved wireless LAN performance and Gigabit wired networking.
  • ​SpecNext started shipping its updated ZX Spectrum board to Kickstarter backers in December. Rather than having to connect his Next to a TV, Dan Birch opted to design a rather fantastic-looking Spectrum laptop that rocks its own screen, chiclet keyboard and stereo speakers.​
  • Matrix Labs has created a Raspberry Pi-compatible Internet-of-Things development board with built-in microphones that can bring custom voice recognition smarts to any maker project. And following a successful crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo last year, the Matrix Voice is now on general release.​
  • Running in the Halls was recently tasked with building a unique tea-making machine sporting basic AI for a UK TV show. After a bit of to and fro text messaging between the tea maker and the host via his old school Nokia phone, the machine would brew up a cuppa based on the Q&A exchange.
  • ​Supercomputers are typically huge and expensive, and they take an awful lot of power to run. Looking for a cheaper way allow developers to build and test high performance computer system software, LANL turned to the ubiquitous Raspberry Pi and Australia's BitScope.​
  • ​Glasgow's Curious Chip has today launched an edutainment handheld gaming device aimed at getting youngsters coding, tinkering and experimenting. Pip has been created to give the coders and makers of tomorrow the building blocks they need today.​
  • Educational technology company pi-top has launched an electronics design platform in the shape of a Pi-based modular laptop that's aimed at making hands-on learning simple and fun. The device also comes with an inventor's kit that includes simple and fun electronics projects.
  • Thecorpora has launched an Indiegogo campaign to get the Q.bo One robot into the hands of kids, educators, developers and robot enthusiasts. The open source desktop bot is described as easy to build, simple to program and easy to hack.​
  • ​Last week, Asus officially released its own project board challenge to the immensely popular Raspberry Pi in the shape of the Tinker Board. Now Huawei has joined the fray, but a high price tag will likely keep its HiKey 960 way beyond the reach of many makers, hobbyists and amateur enthusiasts.
  • Asus has announced US availability for its Raspberry Pi challenger, the Tinker Board. The single board computer boasts a quad-core processor supported by 2 GB of system memory, UHD video playback and Hi-Res audio support, and a Bluetooth/Wi-Fi double act. It does cost slightly more than a Pi though.
  • The UK's JustBoom believes that a Raspberry Pi 3 with an audio add-on attached can essentially do the same job as high-end power amps, media streamers and DACs, but at a much lower price point. Intrigued, we agreed to take a power amp and a DAC board for a test drive.​