Raspberry Pi Zero W

I received a Raspberry Pi Zero W kit (from Adafruit) over the holidays, but it didn't come with any doco. And I haven't found much by Googling. Does anyone know of information that could help me get started? I haven't worked with any Raspberry Pi product.

Topic by arshag 


Is there some way for me to connect the type of LCD screen with a ribbon-type DSI connection to raspberry pi zero?

I have an LCD screen that I am planning to use for a raspberry pi zero project, but it is a DSI connection, instead of a micro hdmi, is there some way for me to connect this anyway? Any help would be greatly appreciated. This screen is one I took from a broken HP 8600, it is an  "Hp Officejet Pro 8600 N911a Display Control Dash Panel Cm749-60021 Touch Screen"  ***UPDATE*** after a long time of twidling with the tiny terminals, I finally figured out witch ones would turn the screen on (and very brightly at that). Any advice on how to try and figure out how to get video input to it now?

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What happens to the WD PiDrive Node Zero?

Hi there!This is my first time using this community function on instructable and I want to ask if anyone knows what happens to the WD PiDrive Node Zero (which is a Raspberry Pi zero add-on shown in the image if you don't know what it was)As what I have found on the internet, all shops that used to sold this have no more in stocks and I didn't find much reviews on this product either. There are quite a lot of reviews which showcase only the drive but not the drive with the adapter circuit board and the plastic enclosure.The reason why I am interested in this product is that I am currently working on a complete standalone and tiny NAS system that use minimal hardware or software powered by the 3rd party except the Raspberry Pi and Linux. I just come across this product online and feel this will be quite useful if I can get one. Anyone knows where can I get this product or what happens to this product which makes it no longer manufactured / so hard to find? Thanks in advance!

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i want to power a 3 raspbery pi zero from ATX power supply can i ?

Hello guys, i hope everyone doing good, I have this question, i want to power up a raspberry pi zero from ATX power supply (standerd power supply for computer) i have search online for answer but, i don't have clear vision, someone told me to power the raspberry from the purple wire (5V 2A) but i want to power more than one pi, so should i go with red wire ? red wire (5v 30amps), will the 30 amps kill my raspberry ? or the pi will just take 1 or 2 amps from the 30amps ? what should i do ? and sorry for my poor english, god bless you all.

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How do you make a bluetooth remote shutter device?

Hey everyone, I’m new here so go easy and forgive any ignorance on my part! I want to create a simple Bluetooth command button that can connect to a Raspberry Pi Zero W. I’m looking at 2 options: 1. Adapting an off-the-shelf Bluetooth smartphone selfie button – but how can this be integrated to capture images from a Raspberry Pi and attached Pi camera? 2. Create from scratch a small remote control with a single command pushbutton that transmits over Bluetooth – which components could this work with this to connect to a Raspberry Pi? Can anyone help at all please? Thanks!

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How to make a DIY headset display and camera? Answered

Hey everyone, I’m new here so go easy and forgive any ignorance on my part! I’m looking at creating a rough and ready binocular headset with a Pi ZeroCam NoIR camera, connected to microdisplays for each eye interfacing through a Raspberry Pi Zero W.  I’m hoping to be able to view the camera feed directly through the eyepieces and later I’d like wirelessly video stream or transfer captured images over to a separate CPU through the Raspberry Pi if possible. I can’t find any microdisplays that might be suitable - so can anyone help me find what I’m looking for or provide some guidance please? Thanks!

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Can I power a raspberry zero + arduino with a powerbank?

Hello everyone, I want to make some kind of driving computer, but I don't know how to fix the power. I have a 16000mah powerbank that has a 1A and a 2A power output with 5v. And I want to power the following: Raspberry Pi zero Internet dongle Arduino Arduino Motor Shield 4 motors(DC 3-6v each) 2 servos 1 webcam (optional) I really hope someone can tell me if this is possible. The reason I don't want to use normal battery's is because I want a solution that is easy to recharge.

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Power a Raspberry Pi and an audio amp on the same circuit?

Hello. I want to use a 3A 12V power supply to power a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a 12v/50W audio amp. I think what I should do is a) split the power from the supply, b) connect the amp directly to the 12V and c) on the other leg, pass the source through a step-down buck converter. I have two questions:1. Is this feasible?2. I also want to pass the 12V through a relay that will be controlled by the Pi. Will this mean that all 3A will go to the Pi when the relay is open and the amp is off? Is that bad?Thanks!

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Can someone look over my Schematic?

Hello All! I have recently started using Eagle, so please forgive the messy schematic as well as the lack of labeling-I am still trying to learn the ins and outs of the software. So I recently received my raspberry pi zeros after months and months of waiting and have been incredibly satisfied with the size and compatibility. However, the biggest issue is the lack of USB ports, which of course were eliminated on purpose to decrease the weight, size, power consumption, ect. I thought it might be useful to design and fabricate a usb hub shield that follows the form factor of the pi zero. I was searching for information and came across this IC that can serve as a 3-port hub, the TUSB2036. However, it only operates at the USB 1.0 spec. Upon further research, I found that the newer model of this IC is the TUSB2046. I made an attempt to design a schematic off known references as well as the data sheets to form a small hub for the pi zero. Can someone with electrical engineering or circuit design experience please let me know if this would work? I used this schematic as a reference and [attempted] to modify it to accommodate the four port USB 2.0 TUSB2046. One important note, the pin labeling on the schematic follows that of the TUSB2036, as I could not find a way to modify it...Please reference the pinouts in the data sheet for the correct labeling on the TUSB2046. Thank you for all the help! 

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Let's Make a Mini MIT Cheetah - (Prototype)

Hello Everybody,  I am Ayush from India.  I am Building a Mini MIT Cheetah Robot Just Similar as the Big one.  Will Fewer Functions due to Size. I will be using a Raspberry Pi 3 or Zero as a Motherboard and Micro Servos for Leg Motion. I have Studied the Very most Videos of MIT Cheetah Robot and i am very much Inspired ! But Due to Lack of a Team and Financial Back Support ,  i am lacking in building it... I will 3D Print Out most of the Parts and Just Before the Final protoType I will Offer Every Hacker / Programmer/ Developer / Student / Enthusiast to Bring his/ Her own Cheetah to Life! This will be a Very Long Development Proccess as we will have to add most of the Features! Facial Detection, Push Sensors, Touch Sensors, Motion Sensors, Gyro , Accelerometer, Ultra sound Sensor. and We will make some Cool Algorithms too!  The Plus Point will be that Until i come to my Final Prototype i will stop using the Modules but will make an Complete Pcb!  Therefore The Size will Reduce! My Design Planing for now is length 15cm - 25cm But will try to make it more smaller! All I Need is a Team and Financial Support! I Have Attached my Very Basic Start Prototype Design! :) Get Involved or Support by   Contacting me Through: LINE App ( Mobile) - My User ID - 'ayushtech' E-Mail - hobbyists.stop@gmail.com Thank You, Ayush Always Love the Instructables Community!

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Serial/Console Interface for Video Brochure?

Hello All!  I recently acquired one of those cheap video brochures (the kind that loops a video on full volume until you want to dash it against a wall)... Anyways, I couldn't resist the urge to hack with it, so I pulled the enclosure apart to expose the electronics. Inside I found a magnetic switch, a USB mini connector with all pins wired (two power/two data), a motherboard with three ICs and a scattering of other components, and a rechargeable battery (seems to be LiPo) all wired up to a 5.5" display. I plugged the usb to my computer and it mounted as a drive labeled "MediaPlayer". Inside was the original video file that I replaced with one of my own videos in the same format. It now plays my video with sound. Where I am stumped is with the circuit board. I have not found any markings on the board itself, however it has some pins around the edge to which the switch and speaker were connected to (I'm guessing these may be GPIOs.....). There is also an unpopulated four pin header (to the right of the display connector) that looks like it may possibly be for another USB port. There are also four solderable connections (on the bottom of the left side of the board) that are labeled GND, HRP, HRL, and DET... I wasn't able to find any meaning for those, but is it possible to establish communication through that? Last but not least, the three ICs on the board seem to be a CPU, and two flash chips. The markings on the center one (which I'm assuming is the CPU) are: F1 E200 F8148DA 19H1  The second IC, to the right of the "CPU" is marked: hynix 812A HY5DU121622CTP-D43 KOR N7EAX553Q2 - also engraved with the letters JHY The final IC, left of the "CPU" is marked: hynix KOR HY27UF082G2M TPCB 604A M8SD53321 According to Google, the E200 refers to the all winner E200 SoC that supports UART, SPI and TWI... It also says that it runs OS Melis 2.0... I would like to hack into this system if possible and/or find a way to interface the LCD through SPI for my Pi Zero... Any help is greatly appreciated! Thanks! I included a couple of High Res photos to show the PCB (the display ribbon cable has been removed to show the third IC). 

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