Remember the old Bowie song? Seems to be a recurring theme here this past year at DroidBuilder.com! We still have not relocated our offices from our temporary site. Currently all of our shipping materials are stored in a storage unit a few minutes away from what is serving as our temporary office. Which is proving rather inconvenient when the weather is bad.
Another big change - Some of you may have also noticed we are no longer shipping our popular SpeakJet Shield kits at this time. We have been unable to find another source for a crucial component of the kit, so for the time being, we have suspended sales of this kit.
Much has changed in the MicroController and Robotics worlds since the last time I touched this blog. The next few posts I'll try to touch on a few I have noticed or seen on the Internet...
Some BIG news from our friends over the pond at the Raspberry Pi Foundation. The Raspberry Pi Zero released right about Christmastime, and availability of them has been rather sporadic though a few have been seen in the wild. Pi Zero's are occasionally available here in the U.S. Our friends at AdaFruit.com have on and off had them in stock! I got one of these a couple weeks ago and have played with it enough to know that it certainly will feature in some of our projects! Perhaps one day we will have some kits using a Pi Zero. The most impressive thing about the Pi Zero is its diminutive footprint. It is not any larger than a stick of gum, with the computing power of a full Linux desktop.
Very impressive computational power in such a tiny package and at a very low price ($5 U.S.) The Raspberry Pi Foundation has also released Raspian Jessie and Jesse Lite which can be downloaded from their Raspian downloads site. Raspian Lite is minimal version of raspian that fits easily on a 4Gb SD card. Although the Pi Zero gives up the CSI (Pi camera) interface, and and the versatility of having the full size USB connectors that are on its its older, larger siblings, I expect the Pi Zero's small size and low cost should find lots of use amongst robotics hobbyists and electronics manufacturers wanting to embed Raspberry Pi's into their projects and products.