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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:04 pm

I have a few Pi 0W boards they are great for portable projects

One I have installed in a store running as a live display like a slideshow sort of idea.

Then I have a second that I use for development purposes for development of simple software and Buildroot.

I have one I use for game emulation.

I have a backup for the store display that I also use for testing updates and if the other fails I have a replacement.

I'm thinking of getting another for my young daughter as the price is low enough if she breaks it I'm not going to be out lots of money.

It's a great board, very powerful for the price!

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:10 pm

For the price, its hard to resist adding one to any order I make, just to have spares to tinker with. I have 10 or so Zero W's kicking around here now.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:56 pm

alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:10 pm
For the price, its hard to resist adding one to any order I make, just to have spares to tinker with. I have 10 or so Zero W's kicking around here now.
Do you also have 10 micro SD cards, 10 wall warts and 10 usb cables? Possibly 10 micro HDMI adapters and 10 OTG adapters too?

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:22 pm

chipace wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:56 pm
alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:10 pm
For the price, its hard to resist adding one to any order I make, just to have spares to tinker with. I have 10 or so Zero W's kicking around here now.
Do you also have 10 micro SD cards, 10 wall warts and 10 usb cables? Possibly 10 micro HDMI adapters and 10 OTG adapters too?
I have enough micro SD cards for my Zero Ws. Old mobile phone and knindle chargers are good enough for the Zero. I don't need anything else as they all run headless.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:32 pm

rpdom wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:22 pm
chipace wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:56 pm
alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:10 pm
For the price, its hard to resist adding one to any order I make, just to have spares to tinker with. I have 10 or so Zero W's kicking around here now.
Do you also have 10 micro SD cards, 10 wall warts and 10 usb cables? Possibly 10 micro HDMI adapters and 10 OTG adapters too?
I have enough micro SD cards for my Zero Ws. Old mobile phone and knindle chargers are good enough for the Zero. I don't need anything else as they all run headless.
Sorry I forgot to include the 10 wall outlets (or 2 wall outlets with 2 power strips).

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:45 pm

A Pi0 can be run from any standard* USB port.
Wall warts aren't necessarily the only way to power a Pi.

* "Smart" USB devices may not power a zero.


My pi0s make a nice upgrade to the Cray Supercomputer. "Terrible specs" is subjective.
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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:49 pm

Imperf3kt wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:45 pm
A Pi0 can be run from any, USB port.
Yep. And it can boot over it too so an SD card isn't always neccessary either. See RPF's gpio expander for a working example of that.
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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:37 am

chipace wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:56 pm
alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:10 pm
For the price, its hard to resist adding one to any order I make, just to have spares to tinker with. I have 10 or so Zero W's kicking around here now.
Do you also have 10 micro SD cards, 10 wall warts and 10 usb cables? Possibly 10 micro HDMI adapters and 10 OTG adapters too?
Most of mine run headless so I only need one set of adapters to do my setup with. I currently have two sets of adapters on hand. Two official HDMI cables and a couple of USB Hubs that plug directly into the Micro USB without needing an adapter.
Some run on battery some run on power supplies. I have power supplies for the ones that see regular use.
I currently do have SD Cards in most of them. I have one or two spares in my parts box with no card in them.
I currently own 20 some Raspberry Pi's.
1 - 4B
2 - 3B+'s
2 - 3B's
4 - 3A+'s
2 - A+'s
9 - Zero W's
1 - Zero

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:59 am

20 pi's?

Good grief I bet Apple wish they could get that level of commitment from their customers!

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:57 am

jbudd wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:59 am
20 pi's?

Good grief I bet Apple wish they could get that level of commitment from their customers!
I managed to get a Pi Zero W a couple weeks ago... for $4.

Even at the regular price, it's an impulse buy.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:45 pm

jbudd wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:59 am
20 pi's?
Only 20?

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:56 pm

jbudd wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:59 am
20 pi's?

Good grief I bet Apple wish they could get that level of commitment from their customers!
Some see daily use, some only when I'm testing coding, and some are a work in progress.
I also have a couple of BBC Micro Bits and a couple of Arduino's kicking around. I'm retired with all kinds of free time to tinker with stuff. I'm also a retired electronic technician, which makes some of it a lot easier.

Pi 4
Raspberry Pi 4B running Raspbian Buster on a 16 GB Sandisk A1 Micro SD card
Pimoroni Pibow Coupe Ninja case
Pimoroni 40 x 30 x 5 mm Pi 4 heatsink

Breadboard Rig
Raspberry Pi 3B+ running Raspbian Buster on a 16 GB Sandisk A1 Micro SD card
Raspberry Pi Foundation 7 inch touch screen
Pimoroni Pibow Midnight Eclipse case
DS3231 RTC
Canakit GPIO breadboard breakout > large solderless breadbord.
5V 10A Switching Power supply
All mounted on Open Beam frame.

Pi 3B+
Raspberry Pi 3B+ running Raspbian Buster on a 16 GB Sandisk A1 Micro SD card
Pimoroni Pibow Coupe Ninja
Official Pi Foundation Power Supply

Pi Camera 1
Raspberry Pi 3A+ running Motion Eye OS 20190119 on a 32 GB LEXAR 300X
Pi Foundation Pi Camera V2.1
Pimoroni Pibow Coupe Ninja case
Official Pi Foundation Power Supply

Pi Camera 2
Raspberry Pi 3A+ running Motion Eye OS 20190119 on a 16 GB Lexar 300x
Pi Foundation Pi Camera V2.1
Pimoroni Pibow Coupe Ninja case
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Official Pi Foundation Power Supply

Pi Camera 3 (Telephoto Lens)
Raspberry Pi 3A+ running Motion Eye OS 20190119 on a 16 GB Lexar 300x
Pi Foundation Pi Camera V2.1
Pimoroni Pibow Coupe Ninja case
Pimoroni Pibow Ninja difusser used to mount camera
Official Pi Foundation Power Supply

Pi Camera 4 (Window)
Raspberry Pi 3A+ running Motion Eye OS 20190119 on a 16 GB Lexar 300x
Raspberry Pi Foundation Camera V1.3
Pimoroni Pibow Coupe Ninja case
Adafruit Tripod mount Camera case
Official Pi Foundation Power Supply

Pi Camera 7 (Mini Spy camera)
Raspberry Pi 3B running Motion Eye OS 20190119 on a 32 GB Sandisk
Raspberry Pi Spy Camera
Pi Foundation Black Case
Official Pi Foundation Power Supply

Pirate Radio (VLC Radio)
Raspberry Pi Zero W running Raspbian Stretch on an 16 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Pimoroni pHat Beat
5V 4A Switching Power Supply

Weather Clock Portable
Raspberry Pi A+ running Raspbian Stretch on a 16 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Raspberry Pi Foundation Sense Hat
Si1145
BME680
DS3231 RTC
PowerBoost 1000c with 6600 MAH LIPO battery
5V 4A Switching Power supply

Weather Clock Indoor
Raspberry Pi A+ running Raspbian Stretch on a 16 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Raspberry Pi Foundation Sense Hat
BME680
DS3231 RTC
Official Pi Foundation Power Supply

Raspberry Pi Zero W Raspbian Buster on a 16 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Female 90 GPIO header
Black Hat Hack3r Board
Modified Custom Pibow case (Red, Orange, Red)

Raspberry Pi Zero W Raspbian Buster on a 16 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Female 90 GPIO header
Mini Black Hat Hack3r Board
Modified Custom Pibow case (Red, Orange, Red)

Raspberry Pi Zero V 1.3
Male GPIO header
Modified Custom Pibow case (Yellow, Blue, Purple)

Raspberry Pi Zero W Raspbian Buster on a 16 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Male GPIO header
Raspberry Pi Foundation case

Raspberry Pi Zero W Raspbian Buster on a 16 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Male GPIO header

AIY Voice kit V1
Raspberry Pi 3B running Google AIY OS
Google AIY Version 1 Hat with sterio sound mod.

Rover 2 wheel drive
Raspberry Pi Zero W running Raspbian Stretch on an 8 GB Sandisk class 10 Micro SD card
Female GPIO header on bottom
Raspberry Pi Foundation case
Pimoroni Explorer pHat
PowerBoost 1000c with 2200 MAH LIPO battery
5V 3A Power Supply with Barrel Jack connector

Rover 2 wheel drive
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Female GPIO header on bottom
Raspberry Pi Foundation case
Pimoroni Explorer pHat
PowerBoost 1000c with 2200 MAH LIPO battery
5V 3A Power Supply with Barrel Jack connector

Rover Tracked
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Female GPIO header on bottom
Raspberry Pi Foundation case
Pimoroni Explorer pHat
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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:15 pm

What an impressive list of stuff that people have done with zeros! I want to add that the price is also good. There are many microcontroller Dev boards out there that cost more than what a rpi zero costs. So that is a "spec" that it is hard to compete with. Also, if you want to create a project running a full Linux kernel yet need to use batteries, a zero will use way less energy than all the other pi's (and most other ARM boards)

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:35 pm

The only down side to a Pi Zero, is having to find adapters or get special cables. I could get away with just one set as most of my Pi zero setups are headless. Last time I looked I had at least 2 of everything needed to use a Zero with a keyboard, mouse and monitor.
I have the HDMI adapters but prefer the official HDMI to Mini HDMI cable. I have the white ones and they look and fit better than messing with and adapter and another cable.
Same deal with the Micro USB Data, I have the adapter but prefer to use a USB Hub I got that already has a Micro USB plug, 3 USB 2 jacks and an Ethernet Jack.
At one time the only way to get a Zero was to buy a kit with the adapters and a power supply. The Single Pi Zero's just sold out so fast if you blinked you were out of luck.

I also had to resort to buying new cables and adapters for my Pi 4B. The official power supply was out of stock and I didn't want to wait. I ended up getting a Micro USB to USB C so I could use the older Micro USB official power supply. Grabbed two of the Micro HDMI to HDMI cables too. Thats just the way it goes if your a Raspberry Pi fanatic.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 3:49 pm

rpdom wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:45 pm
jbudd wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:59 am
20 pi's?
Only 20?
That was my reaction as well.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:16 pm

I had more at one time, I've given a few away to a new home. :) Pi 2B's mostly, that I replaced with 3B's, and a Pi Zero W or two.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:08 pm

bertlea wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:29 am
I use it to run web servers and monitor other servers' status, sending alerts to my email if it sees anything unusual.
Can I ask you for a few more details on this? Did you write a script or are you using third party software? I'm looking to monitor when a pi 3 goes down and get emailed when it does. What kinds of unusual activity sends you emails?

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:16 pm

My current use for the RPiZW are:

Volumio Players
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MotionEye camera in official red-white case

Handy autoboot Kodi Media Player

Christmas Decor (Holiday greetings shown on 12-ganged 8x8 matrix display)
"Don't come to me with 'issues' for I don't know how to deal with those
Come to me with 'problems' and I'll help you find solutions"

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"Help me! Am drowning! But dont you dare touch me nor come near me!"

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:22 pm

jbudd wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:59 am
20 pi's?

Good grief I bet Apple wish they could get that level of commitment from their customers!
Even 20 4s maxed out with full memory, cables and case would generate less profit than one iPhone purchase so I doubt they would loose sleep over it. To a certain extent the Pi market is the old ‘pile them high, sell them cheap’ rather than the fancy high street store / lust over / fomo sales method. Given my main Mac is a 2012 box then I may not be the best Apple supporter there is :lol: :roll: :lol:

Just been looking at replacing Arduino room sensors with Zero Ws and a home made HAT to tidy up the breadboard mess.

As for power, my Pi based ad-blocker (Pi-Hole) runs off the USB port of the router via a very cheap USB cable with no issue.

As for numbers - I’ll plead the fifth on that as my wife is in hearing range :lol:
Need Pi spray - these things are breeding in my house...

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:14 pm

LTolledo wrote:
Thu Aug 22, 2019 9:16 pm
My current use for the RPiZW are:

Volumio Players
That reminds me. I left one off my list earlier: headless mp3 jukebox in my car. (see here if interested: https://github.com/thagrol/ice-pi)

I'm also working on a DIY wireless file transmitter for my DSLR using a zeroW but that's on hold pending the server stack rebuild (1B, 4B, 2x zeroW plus HDDs and an LCD stuffed into an old mini-itx cube case.)
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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:36 pm

20 seems like a lot. I suppose I should own up to having 8 or 9.
The only ones still alive and ticking are a 4B, 3B, 3A+ and zero w.

The zero at various times has provided an mqtt broker and pihole. Sometimes it has a waveshare black/white/red e-paper display on it to display stuff scraped from the internet. I tried to get it to work as an internet radio so I could listen to Test Match Special (no dab radio available) but got bogged down in impenetrable tutorials.
One day I will get it set up as a battery powered wildlife camera with IR LEDs. Maybe.

Oh I forgot - with a Pimoroni Blinkt it can flash 8 RGB LEDs to show if other devices are up or down, internet connection, mqtt broker running etc.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:06 pm

Anyone know if there has been any talk about an updated Zero coming out?

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:15 pm

dmikester1 wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:06 pm
Anyone know if there has been any talk about an updated Zero coming out?
Nope and the Pi folk will not say till the board is released.

It would be hard to add anything extra on a Pi Zero W (CPU / Memory) and maintain the price point - even the headers are extra!
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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:21 pm

Andyroo wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:15 pm
It would be hard to add anything extra on a Pi Zero W (CPU / Memory) and maintain the price point - even the headers are extra!
It's not so much the cost of the headers, although that is a factor, but the cost of fitting it. The Zero only has components soldered on one side. The headers are the only through hole components on the board and would require a second pass through the solder weir. That nearly doubles the cost of assembling the board.

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Re: Uses for Raspberry Pi Zero/Zero W?

Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:59 pm

dmikester1 wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:06 pm
Anyone know if there has been any talk about an updated Zero coming out?
Only as wishful thinking by people who want something in the Pi0/Pi0W form factor, but with a more powerful CPU and/or GPU. There are some serious technical obstacles to upgrading the Pi0/Pi0W with a newer SOC. The primary one is finding a replacement SoC at essentially the same price that will take PoP RAM.

That said, the Pi0/Pi0W represents a bit of a problem for the RPT/RPF. That is, eventually Raspbian will have to go 64-bit and the SoC on the Pi0/Pi0W can't do that. So...does the RPF go to the expense of maintaining two versions of Raspbian or do they make all BCM2835 Pis orphaned and unsupported? Note that the boards with that SoC include not only the Pi0/Pi0W, but also the B+, A+ and CM1.

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