Hardware Hacks: Pi Crust and a Raspberry Pi gaming cabinet
Source: Pi Crust Hardware Hacks is the section on The H that collects stories about the wide range of uses of open source in the rapidly expanding area of open hardware. Find out about interesting projects, re-purposing of devices and the creation of a new generation of deeply open systems. In this edition, a new hardware add-on board for the Raspberry Pi, using a mini-computer as the heart of a desktop arcade cabinet, and a new low-cost ARM-based controller chip.
- Pi Crust – A new hardware add-on board has been announced for the Raspberry Pi that's designed at making it easier to attach peripherals to the popular mini-computer. The Pi Crust is a compact board that actually fits inside of a Raspberry Pi, adding less than 2mm to its overall height and allowing it to still fit in a number of existing cases. The add-on board uses female headers instead of male headers so users can quickly connect jumpers, and includes two SPI , two I2C, one UART and eight GPIO connections. The Pi Crust is open hardware and is available on GitHub.
- Picade – The Picade is a new Kickstarter project that gives Raspberry Pi owners yet another option of what to do with their device: install it into a desktop arcade cabinet. The cabinet will also work with other mini-computer boards such as the Pandaboard and be available as two versions: a Mini and Full Picade. The Mini version will have four illuminated micro-switch arcade buttons and an 8 inch or larger display, while the Full model will have at least a 12-inch screen and six buttons. Designed and built in the UK, the Picade is being made by the creators of the Pibow case for the Raspberry Pi. At the time of writing, the project has exceeded its £33,000 funding goal at £50,449 pledged.
- $10 ARM-based controller chip – California-based chip and microcontroller manufacturer Coridium has launched a new low-cost System on a Chip (SoC) called the BASICchip. Aimed at students, educators and hobbyists, the BASICchip is priced at just $10 and has a 50MHz ARM M0 (LPC1114) 32-bit processor, 32K of Flash memory and 2K of RAM. It includes floating-point support, can be programmed in C or BASIC, and works with a number of boards and controllers.