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Raspberry Pi interface add-on Gertboard announced

Extending the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins, the Gertboard by Gert Van Loo will allow RPi to sense and interact with the world around it

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If there’s one thing the RasPi may have been missing for the hobbyist crowd, it was an extensive interface system and microcontrollers. Well, the folks that are looking for such functionality will be pleased to hear that Gert Van Loo, designer of RasPi’s alpha hardware, has created an add-on board for just that.

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How the Gertboard will connect to the RasPi. Picture from element14

The Gertboard includes motor controllers, A/D and D/A converters, and even has an Arduino chip built in. It connects via the GPIO ports on the RPi itself, so it doesn’t take up any of the standard I/O ports.

The Gertboard will be sold exclusively through element14, and will cost a mere £30 ($50). You can pre-order one now, and the delivery window is currently listed as mid-September.

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