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    Resolved [RESOLVED] Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    Hi,

    I was wondering if there was any platform that does not require soldering wires, etc inorder to use? I was wondering is there were any prototyping platform that used click in place type connectors instead? The reason I ask is my hands are very unstead due to having a disability.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without welding

    "Welding" eh? LOL, I think you meant soldering.

    While I can't find a cheap source of these in the U.S. right now (http://www.robotshop.com/ is out of stock) you might keep your eyes open. And for that matter you might find somebody who has packaged up a Dingleberry Juice or whatever in a similar little proto-box.

    86Duino EduCake

    Using a hands-free magnifier or magnifying visor to aid with vision and perhaps with the aid of some fine-nosed long-nose pliers these can be a bit easier for the experimenter suffering from age or various infirmities.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without welding

    Before you get excited...

    ... while these support "Windows" they mean "Windows CE." But that said I have heard of people claiming to get them working running Windows 95 or even Windows XP. And a lot of players in the "86Duino club" seem to use them running FreeDOS.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without welding

    Quote Originally Posted by dilettante View Post
    "Welding" eh? LOL, I think you meant soldering.
    Yeah, that is what I meant! �� Can't imagine someone trying to weld those kits. Thanks for the info! ��

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    Before you get excited...
    Yeah! Although, did find an article talking about using mono to write code for Raspberry Pi in C# if I remember correctly.
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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    You could always start out slowly...

    Look for a cheap USB->GPIO board, there are some decent 8 bit ones out there. Or even some with relays on them and/or more bits of I/O for a bit more money.

    Get a cheap polyethelyne cutting board. Use it as -is or cut it in halves or even quarters. Mount the little board on there using threaded brass standoff spacers. That gives it a little weight so it doesn't flop around. You could also mount other stuff on the cutting board that you connect to the I/O board, but you might want to look for proper plastic-thread screws for motors or other stuff that might torque around.

    Of course wood always works too.

    Most of those GPIO boards come in styles that have screw terminal blocks on them for connecting to sensor pins, relays, or devices. They look like a serial (COMx:) port to Windows, so you can easily control/read using a VB program.

    So you can figure out how much you enjoy it before making additional investments in hardware.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightwalker83 View Post
    does not require soldering wires, etc inorder to use? I was wondering is there were any prototyping platform that used click in place type connectors instead?
    Breadboards are what you're looking for... they're commonly used for prototyping... you can make them as simple or as complicated as you like... as you can see here: https://www.google.com/search?q=elec...IVRSYmCh1zzwyp

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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    Yep, and that "EduCake" thing integrates one into the top of its box.

    However when starting out something like this:

    http://numato.com/8-channel-usb-gpio-module.html

    ... might be all one really needs. Or for that matter you can mount it next to a solderless protoboard on that "cutting board" (which acts as your actual breadboard in the far more traditional sense of the word) and wire them together with a few jumper wires.

    My point being that you can start out to explore the hobby without investing in a ton of weird hardware and software.


    Then if you decide you like this sort of thing you can always go invest in tons of hardware, tools, and time to create that IoT Carrot Peeler you always wanted.

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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    Instead of hacking something up you can always use something like this:

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    That one is for an Arduino UNO, but very similar things are made with the holes drilled for other models and other boards. It appears to come as a kit you must assemble: a predrilled plastic slab, stick-on rubbery "feet," the breadboard (which I think comes with double-faced tape), and the four sets standoff hardware for the controller board.

    Cost is about $10 US shipped from Amazon.


    I'm even thinking of trying one of these on there instead of my UNO:

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    That little critter is an 8-bit Bluetooth GPIO/ADC board. Using that as-is you can do quite a few Arduino/Pi type projects using your PC instead of one of those "smart" boards... as long as your PC has Bluetooth or you buy a cheap USB Bluetooth dongle for it.

    The only downside is that many things need +5 V as well as + 3.3 V and this little board doesn't supply a 5 volt connection point. But since it uses a 5V power supply itself you might just use a power Y-cable or tack-solder a +5 lead onto the board at its power jack.

    Most simple projects use GPIO pins anyway, so even a BT-to-GPIO board should be able to manage them. Or a cheaper option is the USB-to-GPIO sort of thing I mentioned in an earlier post above.

    Bluetooth means you can move the "project" some distance away though, depending on how much range you can achieve but up to 10 meters is typical.

    Then you can do a little "IoT experimentation" using VB6 or possibly even .Net


    From there you can buy packaged up kits of jumper wires and components along with project ideas, e.g.:

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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    I bought a Raspberry Pi 2 and am in the process of puting it together. Having a hard time getting the board to sit correctly in the case though. One question I have is I forgot to buy a keyboard could I correct the Pi up to my laptop and access it via my laptop?
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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    Not sure if it is quite what you want but you can log into the pi remotely with an SSH session. This gives you access via a terminal window. On Windows you can use a SSH client such as PuTTY.
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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    Thanks! It uses a Linux distro but I am not sure if it run automatically on the device power-on.
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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    It probably will. You will need to find its ip address. You should be able to see it by logging onto your router with it plugged in. Is it raspbian? if so the default password is 'pi' and the password is 'raspberry'.
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    Re: Raspberry Pi, ect without soldering

    Quote Originally Posted by Milk View Post
    It probably will. You will need to find its ip address. You should be able to see it by logging onto your router with it plugged in. Is it raspbian? if so the default password is 'pi' and the password is 'raspberry'.
    The Operating System is NOOBS:

    This is an 8GB micro SDHC card that is pre-installed with the NOOBS operating system for the Raspberry Pi Model 2 B. NOOBS is actually a system image with SIX different Linux based operating systems used to run on the Raspberry Pi, Archlinux, OpenELEC, Pidora, RaspBMC, Raspbian and RiscOS. This little card allows you to start using your Raspberry Pi straight out of the box without worrying about imaging it on your own.
    However, it still uses the default username and password you mention above.
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