Adafruit Launches Raspberry Pi Starter Pack for $69.95

The Raspberry Pi is supposed to be great for hardware prototyping, but you may not know where to start and/or depending where you live it might be difficult to buy the small components needed at a decent price. That’s where Adafruit Raspberry Pi starter pack comes into play. It includes a case,  some cables and power supplies, as well as a breadboard and a whole bunch of components.

Raspberry Pi Starter Pack (Click to Enlarge)

The package includes:

  • Adafruit clear acrylic Pi Box
  • USB Micro-B Cable to connect the Raspberry Pi to a power source
  • 5V 1A power adapter
  • USB TTL console cable to be used to access the serial console. Useful to debug the kernel or if you run your device without display and/or network.
  • 4GB SD Card
  • Adafruit Pi Cobbler kit with GPIO cable for connection to the GPIO/I2C/SPI/Power pins.
  • USB microSD card reader for loading the image onto the SD card.
  • Large full-size clear breadboard
  • Breadboarding wires
  • Ethernet cable
  • Embroidered Raspberry Pi badge
  • Components:
    • 5 x 10K resistors for pullups on the buttons
    • 5 x 560 ohm resistors for the LEDs
    • 1 RED 10mm diffused LED
    • 1 GREEN 10mm diffused LED
    • 1 BLUE 10mm diffused LED
    • 3 tactile pushbuttons
    • Light-sensitive resistor photocell
    • 1uF capacitor

To make hardware hacking easier, the company recently released a Linux distribution based on Debian 7.0 with hardware SPI, I2C, one wire, and WiFi support for their wifi adapters, and provide several tutorials showing how to light up a LED when you receive emailsplay a different MP3 file depending on the push button pressed or reading a photo cell sensor  to detect light changes.

That all looks pretty nice, although a cheaper kit without the casing, power adapter, USB & Ethernet cables and SD card might have been even more interesting, as those are items that most people may already possess or/and do not need.

You can find more information and/or buy the kit on Adafruit Raspberry Pi starter pack page.

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