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.
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
- 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 emails, play 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.