The $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W Includes Wi-Fi And Bluetooth
In celebration of the Raspberry Pi’s fifth birthday, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the Raspberry Pi Zero W, with the ‘W’ standing for wireless.
This is a miniature PC that is double the cost of the first Pi Zero, that now costs USD 10 instead of USD 5. However, it also offers Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11n Wi-Fi.
Zero W, a credit card sized computer, is available from all the same retailers of the Raspberry Pi. According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the decision to roll out the Zero W device is thanks to the great demand for a wireless connectivity in the first Zero gadget. The next step for the company is to add a wireless connectivity to further develop the Raspberry Pi Zero.
This new device utilizes the same wireless chip which is used in the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, also known as the Cypress CYW43438. The specifications of the Zero W have stayed very similar to the Raspberry Zero.
In the brand new Raspberry Zero W, there is a RAM of 512MB, a 1GHz single-core CPU, a port for micro-USB OTG, a mini-HDMI, a 40-pin header, composite video and reset headers, a micro-USB for power, a camera connector, and of course the added wireless features.
In a statement made by creator Eben Upton of Raspberry Pi, “It makes a better general-purpose computer because you’re less likely to need a hub: if you’re using Bluetooth peripherals you might well end up with nothing at all plugged into the USB port. And of course it’s a great platform for experimenting with IoT applications.” This means users will be able to run their Pi without any fussing around with a wired mouse or keyboard.
On top of the new Zero W, the Raspberry Pi Foundation additionally launched a trademark plastic case for the original Zero and the new Zero W. This special case will be offered with three interchangeable lids including, one with an aperture for GPIOs, one which has a mounting point for a camera and one that has a blank cover. The case which costs USD 5, is also offered with an adapter flexi cable for a camera and rubber feet that keeps it from falling off a desk. The Raspberry Pi Zero received a camera adapter sometime in May 2016.
This cool new and dirt-cheap PC, is making it much easier for people to create fun new projects including a DIY electric skateboard made by Raspberry Pi Guy, home-made security cameras and even old-school gaming machines!
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 12, 2017 6:37 AM UTC