Raspberry Pi foundation releases a new version of the popular tiny single-board computer, featuring Bluetooth and WiFi.
Since its original release a little over 5 years ago, the diminutive Raspberry Pi computer has taken the world by storm. Originally conceived as a way to get larger amounts of British kids coding in school, it has since grown into the must-have item for the “maker” community.
The original Raspberry Pi was revolutionary – a complete computer running a custom version of Linux on a board the size of a credit card. Its small form factor made it easier to transport than even a laptop, and its versatility saw it quickly adopted for use in a whole host of projects, from retro gaming consoles and smart mirrors to home servers for websites – it’s even been sent into space!
The Raspberry Pi foundation revolutionised the maker landscape again back in November 2015 with the release of the Raspberry Pi Zero, a smaller, less power-hungry version of the Raspberry Pi about the size of a pack of chewing gum. The foundation even gave away a Raspberry Pi Zero on the cover of Issue 40 of their Raspberry Pi magazine, MagPi – the first time anyone had given away a computer on a magazine!
Raspberry Pi Zero W
This week, the Raspberry Pi foundation released the latest iteration of the world’s favourite single-board computer – the Raspberry Pi Zero W, featuring all the power and potential of the Pi Zero but with the addition of built-in WiFi and Bluetooth. The addition of these features will further increase the possible uses for the Zero W in the future – by adding WiFi and Bluetooth to the board, it frees up the (USB OnTheGo) port on the board for other connections, as well as giving makers more options for how to communicate with the Zero W (from a bluetooth-enabled smartphone or – with a little extra work – any internet-connected device).
The Internet is already abuzz with stories from new Zero W owners sharing their stories of what they plan to build with their new purchase – it will be interesting to see just how far people can push this little computer!
Do you own a Raspberry Pi? What projects have you used it for? Does the Zero W inspire you to make something of your own? Let us know in the Comments below!