Teaching with Raspberry Pi Pico in the computing classroom

Reading Time: 6 minutes Raspberry Pi Pico is a low-cost microcontroller that can be connected to another computer to be programmed using MicroPython. We think it’s a great tool for exploring physical computing in classrooms and coding clubs. Pico has been available since last year, amid school closures, reopenings, isolation periods, and restrictions for students and teachers. Recently, I…… Continue reading Teaching with Raspberry Pi Pico in the computing classroom

Get kids coding and learning electronics with Raspberry Pi Pico

Reading Time: 7 minutes Since the release of the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller in 2021, we have seen people all over the world come up with creative Pico-based inventions. The Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller. Now, thanks to our brand-new and free ‘Introduction to Raspberry Pi Pico’ learning path, young coders can easily join in and make their own cool…… Continue reading Get kids coding and learning electronics with Raspberry Pi Pico

Pico Pico Synth | HackSpace #44

Reading Time: 6 minutes In the latest issue of HackSpace magazine, Ben Everard shows us how to create a framework for building audio devices using Raspberry Pi Pico, called PicoPicoSynth. Raspberry Pi Pico combines processing power with the ability to shuffle data in and out quickly. This makes it a good fit for a lot of different things, but…… Continue reading Pico Pico Synth | HackSpace #44

Build a Raspberry Pi Pico piano

Reading Time: 3 minutes Did you catch the very cool Raspberry Pi Pico piano project shared on the latest Digital Making at Home livestream? The sibling maker group from the GurgleApps family, Amelie, Caleb, and Ziva, chatted about how they got into coding before inviting us into miniature musical mayhem. Watch the siblings on the latest Digital Making at…… Continue reading Build a Raspberry Pi Pico piano

Raspberry Pi Pico-controlled model railroad

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Orient Express. The Flying Scotsman. Ivor the Engine. All juggernauts of the rail community, but none powered by our microcontroller and all, thus, inferior in our eyes. Raspberry Pi Pico has been used in cooler and more interesting ways every day since its launch in January this year, but this is the first time…… Continue reading Raspberry Pi Pico-controlled model railroad

Debugging embedded software with Raspberry Pi Pico

Reading Time: 8 minutes In this article from the latest issue of HackSpace magazine, Rob Miles takes a look at debugging. You’ll find what a debugger does and discover how to add hardware that can be used to tell us what our devices are really thinking. Figure 1: An ESP32-PROG (on the right) connected to a DOIT ESP32 device…… Continue reading Debugging embedded software with Raspberry Pi Pico

Make a Raspberry Pi Pico-based Midi Fighter | HackSpace 43

Reading Time: 4 minutes MIDI Fighter-style controllers (MIDI controllers with grids of arcade buttons) have been a staple of the DIY MIDI controller community for years. This project, featured in the latest issue of HackSpace magazine, continues that tradition with the Raspberry Pi Pico. A grid of 16 arcade buttons lets you play MIDI notes faster than you can…… Continue reading Make a Raspberry Pi Pico-based Midi Fighter | HackSpace 43

The Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect is here

Reading Time: 4 minutes It was back in January that we first introduced you to the Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect. The first Arduino board to include Raspberry Pi silicon. It’s been a roller coaster ride getting it to you, and enthusiasm during the wait has been incredibly encouraging. The wait, you’ll be glad to hear, is over. The RP2040…… Continue reading The Arduino Nano RP2040 Connect is here

How to add LoRaWAN to Raspberry Pi Pico

Reading Time: 9 minutes Arguably the winner of the standards war around wide area networking protocols for the Internet of Things, LoRaWAN is a low-powered, low-bandwidth, and long-range protocol. Intended to connect battery-powered remote sensors back to the internet via a gateway, on a good day, with a reasonable antenna, you might well get 15km of range from an…… Continue reading How to add LoRaWAN to Raspberry Pi Pico

Custom USB games controllers with Raspberry Pi Pico | HackSpace 42

Reading Time: 9 minutes Games controllers – like keyboards – are very personal things. What works for one person may not work for another. Why, then, should we all use almost identical off-the-shelf controllers? In the latest issue of HackSpace magazine, we take a look at how to use Raspberry Pi Pico to create a controller that’s just right…… Continue reading Custom USB games controllers with Raspberry Pi Pico | HackSpace 42

Drag-n-drop coding for Raspberry Pi Pico

Reading Time: 3 minutes Introducing Piper Make: a Raspberry Pi Pico-friendly drag-n-drop coding tool that’s free for anyone to use. The ‘Digital View’ option displays a dynamic view of Raspberry Pi Pico showing GPIO states Edtech startup Piper, Inc. launched this brand new browser-based coding tool on #PiDay. If you already have a Raspberry Pi Pico, head to make.playpiper.com…… Continue reading Drag-n-drop coding for Raspberry Pi Pico

Graphic routines for Raspberry Pi Pico screens

Reading Time: 7 minutes Pimoroni has brought out two add‑ons with screens: Pico Display and Pico Explorer. A very basic set of methods is provided in the Pimoroni UF2 file. In this article, we aim to explain how the screens are controlled with these low-level instructions, and provide a library of extra routines and example code to help you produce stunning…… Continue reading Graphic routines for Raspberry Pi Pico screens

How to add Ethernet to Raspberry Pi Pico

Reading Time: 6 minutes Raspberry Pi Pico has a lot of interesting and unique features, but it doesn’t have networking. Of course this was only ever going to be a temporary inconvenience, and sure enough, over Pi Day weekend we saw both USB Ethernet and Ethernet PHY support released for Pico and RP2040. Raspberry Pi Pico and RMII Ethernet…… Continue reading How to add Ethernet to Raspberry Pi Pico

What is PIO?

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Microcontroller chips, like our own RP2040 on Raspberry Pi Pico, offer hardware support for protocols such as SPI and I2C. This allows them to send and receive data to and from supported peripherals. But what happens when you want to use unsupported tech, or multiple SPI devices? That’s where Programmable I/O, or PIO, comes in.…… Continue reading What is PIO?

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