It’s Pi Day! That’s 3.14 for those of you counting. It has become a tradition to geek out about Raspberry Pi each year on this date. Let’s take a look at some of the unique Raspberry Pi hardware that Tindarians have designed.
Untethered Pi Power
Working out portable power for the Pi usually means a portable cellphone battery and a USB cable. It’s easy, but not very tidy. Here’s a hardware add-on that uses an LiFePO4 cell and includes all of charging and tending circuit necessary. Tindie seller Silicongnition designed this hardware and has a few other offerings like the version meant for applications other than Pi.
That’s a Lot of Blinky!
Driving LED strips and multi-color matrices gets a lot easier with a little hardware help. The PiPixel hat takes care of level shifting for the logic, and has both a screw terminal and barrel jack for feeding power to all of those pixels.
Tracking Ships with Your Pi
If you live near a major waterway, this hardware will be a delight to have on hand. The dAISy Hat listens for and decodes Automatic Identification System (AIS) messages carried by all large vessels. From the same seller we’ve seen standalone modules but this one is specifically for Raspberry Pi.
Going Long with Pi Camera
A surprising number of people have purchased this clever hardware that lets you put the Raspberry Pi Camera module much further from the board. It’s called the Pi Camera HDMI Cable Extension and it does just like it says. As Jeremy described in his post yesterday, two adapter boards allow you to use an HDMI cable between the Pi and the Camera.