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The Pi Lite is a large LED matrix display for scrolling text and graphics. It's an exciting way to get a Raspberry Pi to do something physical and fun. It's an easy plug in add on, so no soldering or special skills are required.
The Pi Lite mixes the highly popular Arduino "Lots of LED's" shield by Jimmy Rogers with the world of the Raspberry Pi. Using standard serial communications (@9600bps), it's really simple to send text and graphics to the 126 LED's. The matrix is powered from an ATMega328p processor which means all the processing of driving the 126 LED's is off loaded from the Pi's processor. This frees the Pi's processor and GPIO for other functions.
Dimensions: 85mm x 55mm x 13.7mm
Low current consumption 49ma maximum
Pre Loaded Arduino Sketch https://github.com/CisecoPlc/PiLite
Twitter ticker for the Pi - http://openmicros.org/index.php/articles/94-ciseco-product-documentation/raspberry-pi/298-pilite-twitter-feed
MQTT example code for the Pi - http://openmicros.org/index.php/articles/94-ciseco-product-documentation/raspberry-pi/301-pi-lite-mqtt-example
Other Python examples can be found here - http://openmicros.org/index.php/articles/94-ciseco-product-documentation/raspberry-pi/304-pi-lite-python-examples
Gareth Halfacree's CPU load example for the Pi - https://github.com/ghalfacree/bash-scripts/blob/860a36c6e73bdd65a88e62faa663be5b1d5a9717/cpugraph.py
Related or associated products
With an ERF radio plugged into the FTDI connector you could make a stand alone wireless display - http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/erf-0-1-pin-spaced-radio-module/
Also available from
CPC (soon) - Maplin (soon)
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