I2C Hacking with the Raspberry Pi!!!

As my Adafruit “16-Channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Driver – I2C interface” arrived today, I got me a Breadboard and all necessary utensils (including a little I2C temperature sensor for first tries) from the local electronics store. I haven’t been playing with hardware in a looong time, so I’m really looking forward to this.

After soldering a I2C connector for the Raspberry GPIO port it was a quick breeze to set everything up and use i2cget to find out that it is 23degC in my livingroom 🙂

Raspberry Pi arrived!

After ordering quite a while ago, my Raspberry Pi arrived last week:

The Raspberry Pi is tiny but complete ARM architecture based single-board computer with the power comparable to a two-year-old smart-phone. Insert an SD card as a hard-drive and you’re ready to go!

There are two things I have in mind with this little fella: An XBMC based media centre or a Raspberry Pi controlled model car. The former I already tested using Linux based distributions like OpenELEC or RaspBMC, the latter will require an additional board, interfacing the Raspberry Pi with PWM based model servos via I2C. Luckily Adafruit is supplying exactly that: “16-Channel 12-bit PWM/Servo Driver – I2C interface”

Let’s see where things go with the RPi-Rover 🙂