The Big News: Zero
The big news is, of course, that the Raspberry Pi Zero has been launched. The Zero has got the original BCM2835 chip on-board as well as 512MB of RAM. It's been pre-overclocked so that it is around 30-40% faster than the A+. It's tiny, cute, and useful for projects where you want to embed a Pi with low power.
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We are also doing a special Essential Kit pack to get you started with headers and adapters galore.
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Astronaut Tim Peake and Astro Pi competition winner Hannah Belshaw were interviewed on the BBC’s magazine programme The One Show. If you’re in the UK, you can watch the episode online via BBC iPlayer. Tim and Hannah talk about Astro Pi 9 minutes 15 seconds in. Read more about the appearance on the Raspberry Pi blog and read more about Astro Pi itself on the dedicated website.
Martin O’Hanlon has previously used Pi Aware to access publicly available data about aircraft positions. Now he has taken his work further by creating a RADAR system that displays aircraft positions relative to your GPS co-ordinates. It’s a great example of taking a simple API and creating something great from the data. All the code is available on his website, so head over there to find out more.
Alex Eames has written a great blog post in which he wires up and uses a 7-segment display using the Raspberry Pi. The display, which is of the common cathode type, has 4 digits and Alex shows you how to get resistors in place to prevent the display from burning out. He then provides the Python code to display things on the unit. He is offering kits for £12, including postage, which I think is good value for money considering what is contained in it (pictured below). Read the blog post here.