Old meets new with Pi
04 September 2012
Ben Heck uses BBC Micro-inspired keyboard to bake up a new Raspberry Pi build.
element14 and Ben Heck, have built a fully functioning computer system using the $35 Raspberry Pi and a BBC Micro-inspired keyboard.
Ben’s latest project gives viewers a look at just how accessible the Raspberry Pi mini-computer makes programming and developing for professional and aspiring engineers of all skill levels.
Ben models his Raspberry Pi creation after a BBC Micro-inspired keyboard, complete with a vintage custom enclosure, cartridge slots and an add-on experimenter’s kit. Using wood and hinge construction, Ben’s antique-inspired computer cleverly opens like an old desk when lifting the keyboard. Ben's box construction allows for an on/off switch, Ethernet connectivity, video/audio composite, DC 5V input and, of course, a USB hub that enables users to attach peripherals such as a mouse or thumb drive. Ben also implements C++ programming to run tests using the experimentation kit resulting in a user-friendly computer.
Kevin Yapp, Chief Marketing Officer of Premier Farnell, the parent company of element14quoted, “Our Raspberry Pi page is one of the most popular we’ve ever had in the community, providing Pi fans with helpful downloads, exclusive webinars, technical information and a place to collaborate on projects.”
Fans of the show, developers and future engineers are invited to join the discussion online at element14 for a chance to win the Raspberry Pi build featured on the show. A dedicated Raspberry Pi discussion page is available to access helpful information, design tools and tutorials to create and program the mini-computer.
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