Owners of the tiny $five Raspberry Pi Zero or the $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W with Wi-Fi can now turn the developer board extra effortlessly into a small Linux PC thanks to the brand new SnapOnAir published circuit board (PCB).
The SnapOnAir PCB fills in a few lacking gaps that prevent the Raspberry Pi device from being a computer – specifically input and output mechanisms like a keyboard and display.
Raspberry Pi Zero is a smaller and cheaper model of the better recognised credit-card sized $35 Raspberry Pi three. The even smaller Zero includes a 1GHz single core CPU, 512MB RAM, and a range of ports and pins to connect with different additives.
With specifications like these it’s not precisely a super computer to use as a PC. But the SnapOnAir makes it simpler for folks who want to test with it and create some thing that resembles a classic BlackBerry phone with a bodily Qwerty board.
The add-on includes 2.Eight Color ILI9341 TFT show and a TCA8418 I2C chip-based keyboard.
The product list on Tindie notes that customers can add a buzzer and mono audio source at the three.5mm audio jack.
The addition of the SnapOnAir doesn’t quite turn the Raspberry Pi Zero into a cellphone as it nonetheless calls for a stressed out power source plus there’s no 4G. However, as Liliputing notes, the developer of SnapOnAir suggests the it could be related to a portable 1,800mAh battery.
While the SnapOnAir does make it less difficult to convert a Raspberry Pi Zero into a extra usable computer, it’s miles just a PCB that calls for a whole lot of greater paintings to make it a functional laptop, together with including keys and the display screen. But the PCB is right for makers who enjoy a great technical undertaking for the sake of it.