[chbot] RaspberryPi launches it's own "Arduino"

hamster hamster at snap.net.nz
Thu Jan 21 22:31:13 GMT 2021

The more I look at the Pi Pico the less I like it: 

- No WiFi or Bluetooth 

- No user interaction, apart from an LED 

- Relatively poor low power performance of > 1mA when sleeping - not
good for always-on battery powered 

- Ships without headers so requires newbies to solder 

- No onboard sensors at all 

And it has a board 'stacking' system that only allows stacking on one
side. I want an I/O sandwich! user I/O on the top, system I/O on the
bottom, and controller in the middle. 

For every use case I can see a better alternative. So it most likely
will be a roaring success. :( 

At about USD$15 the BBC micro:bit V2 is everything this should have been
given the Pi Foundation's goals. A usable controller, with sensors,
lights, buttons, microphone, speaker, alligator clip friendly I/O
connector, RF, Drag-and-drop programming, Program in C++ or MakeCode or
Python or Scratch... 


PS. Yes, I did order one anyway... 

On 22.01.2021 10:39, Stuart Brown wrote:

> Interesting new product from Raspberry Pi foundation, a $4 Arm Cortex-M0+ board, running their own custom silicon:  https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-silicon-pico-now-on-sale/
> They seem to be making a big push into the industrial market, with the launch of an industry section on their website late last year  https://www.raspberrypi.org/for-industry/ 
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