Category Archives: Raspberry Pi

RS485 & Raspberry Pi: Monitoring Power

Commercial data centers, lighting controls, utility rooms for buildings, and others need to keep a tab on their power consumption. The normal way to do this is by using electronic voltage meters and multi-branch current monitoring circuits. Vytas Sinkevicius wants to monitor power consumption using the ubiquitous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) as the main controller and the RS485 interface in a Branch Current Monitor (BCM) system. The heart of the power monitoring system is an Read more [...]

Orange Pi Prime – Another Rival for the Raspberry Pi 3

There is another Orange Pi among the branches of the highly productive Orange Pi tree belonging to Shenzhen Xunlong. This is the Orange Pi Prime—another rival to the most popular Raspberry Pi 3 (RBPi3). According to the year-end Linux hacker SBC roundup, half a dozen individual Orange Pi models were already existing, and if all the new variants are to be included, that number almost doubles. Proceeding at this rate, the company’s engineers will have checked out almost all possible combinations Read more [...]

Is there a 64-bit Raspberry Pi?

Although the arrival of the Raspberry Pi 3 (RBPi3) heralded a huge speed boost for the Linux hacker board, this $35, wireless-enabled single board computer did not signal a switch over to 64-bit ARM computing. Even though the hardware, following so many other SBCs at the time, was 64 bits, the default Linux distribution from the Raspberry Pi Foundation is still 32-bit. Eventually, there will be a changeover to 64-bit ARM firmware, as the technology offers significant improvements in performance. Read more [...]

Extending IoT with the Raspberry Pi

Recently, the Raspberry Foundation has updated its embedded Compute Module with a faster ARM processor. This will help developers and businesses build new IoT devices. The new Compute Module 3 (CM3) comes with a powerful new option and embedded compute capabilities for device makers interested in the Internet of Things (IoT). Although not to be confused with the Single Board Computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), with which the CM3 also shared the latest update, is a tiny form-factor ARM-powered SBC Read more [...]

A Raspberry Pi DAC for the Audiophiles

Raspberry Pi (RBPi) users have several choices for using Digital to Analog Converters (DACs) when listening to music. Two of the latest DACs available in the market are discussed here. One of them is the DragonFly series from AudioQuest and the other is i-Sabre from Audiophonics. Both offer stronger and more meaningful connections between music enthusiasts and the albums, songs, videos, and artists they adore. DragonFly USB DAC, Preamp, and Headphone Amplifier The multi-award-winning DragonFly Read more [...]

Wordery Uses the Raspberry Pi for Book-Wrangling

Among the mass of technologically advanced stuff done with the popular single board computers, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) has also been helping booksellers. At Wordery, an online bookshop, Jeff Podolski, an IT and network technician, is using the RBPi at their warehouse. Wordery has over 10 million book titles in their list, including several on RBPi. Over the last few years, they have been working on improving their productivity and customer service drive. For their sorting and distribution operation, Read more [...]

Networked Storage with the Raspberry Pi

With memory going cheap, almost everyone has a plethora of high-capacity hard disks lying around. Networking them makes it super convenient for use, as you can access files from any computer, even if they are remote. However, this can be an expensive proposition, unless you are using a convenient single board computer such as the Raspberry Pi (RBPi). The RBPi can be used to create a very cheap NAS setup with a few hard drives connected to a network and accessible from anywhere. Apart from the Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi to Displace the Business PC

For a business establishment, maintaining PCs for each of their several hundred employees can be an expensive proposition. It is much simpler and cheaper to have a centralized workstation with several thin clients connecting to it. The ubiquitous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is a suitable component for use as such a thin client. As the low cost of the Raspberry Pi makes it a very attractive proposition for use as a thin client computer, Citrix is offering an HDX Ready Pi to replace Read more [...]

Volumio for the Raspberry Pi

When you search for a networked stand-alone audio player with a touch screen, most likely chances are you will only find big consumer grade amplifiers. Those with network support may not have a touch screen or else may be very expensive. Most disappointing will be those having an issue with space and mobility. The best way out of this dilemma is to build one with the famous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi). You must start with an application that works on the RBPi. You can already Read more [...]

RX300 – The Windows 10 Thin Client with the Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi (RBPi) has no hard disk, is stateless, and can work as a desktop terminal, which makes it an ideal candidate for use as a thin client. It connects to the data center for all its applications, sensitive data, memory, and runs a Remote Desktop Protocol such as the Windows Terminal Services. That makes the RBPi a virtual desktop computing model, as it runs virtualization software, and accesses hard drives in the data center. Thin client computing has thin clients, software services, Read more [...]