Raspberry Pi becomes a complete computer, with Arduino

There could be a new single-box computer out there if this Raspberry Pi project on Kickstarter comes through.


Folks at a company called GeekRoo had the idea of fitting all the messy bits needed to run a Raspberry Pi, including the Pi and lots more, into one neat box.

The result is a mini-ITX-compatible PCB that will go into a mini-ITX box, or a custom acrylic box.

Onto that 17x17cm PCB is built a power supply (3.3, 5 and 12V) and an Arduino UNO. “You can use this built-in Arduino to control the ON/OFF of the Fairywren, or talk to the XBee, or control the cooling fan,” said Geekroo.

Fairywren is the name of the PCB, named aftr a small active Australian bird, and there is room on the board for a Raspberry Pi, and XBee, and also “you can mount either a 2.5in HDD or a standard Arduino on the Fairywren board”, said GeekRoo.

GeekRooBoxPower goes onto the board via a standard ATX 24pin socket, and there is a built-in 4-port USB hub, as well as a real-time clock and built-in IR remote module “wonderful for XBMC”, said the firm.


One comment

  1. why is it that when Australians do something it’s old news by the time the rest of the world wakes up to it?

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