The original Raspberry Pi is equipped with a row of 2x13 pin headers. These aren't just for show however, these GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pins can be used to access a whole new world of fun with your Raspberry Pi.
Through programming the Pi, these GPIO ports are able to undertake a variety of tasks including playing with LEDs, running motors and sending and receiving data.
So, if you want to get your Raspberry Pi interacting with physical hardware electronic systems such as a breadboard, you'll most likely want to bridge the connections with a ribbon cable and socket connector.
Note: this item is for the original 26-pin Raspberry Pi
The assembled ribbon cable consists of two 2 * 13 Pin Socket connectors assembled on a 150mm length of Ribbon cable.
Here's a demonstration of what you can do with the GPIO pins:
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