Month: February 2016

The new Raspberry Pi 3 is here!

Be the first to get yours from pi-top now!

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We are celebrating the 4th Birthday of the Raspberry Pi and the launch of the Pi 3 by releasing a limited number of the brand new pi-topPROTO boards.

 

We are offering the new Raspberry Pi 3 in two amazing bundles:
1. Raspberry Pi 3 + 8GB SD card (pre-installed pi-topOS)
2. Raspberry Pi 3 + pi-topPROTO + 8GB SD card (pre-installed pi-topOS)

What is the pi-topPROTO board?


You can spruce up your pi-top with the pi-topPROTO! It is our first official add-on board for the pi-top. 

The pi-topPROTO provides full access to all 40 GPIO pins. These pins are the physical interface between the Pi and the outside world.  Additionally, there is a ton of prototyping space for adding cool gadgets (ADCs, real time clocks, motor drivers etc).

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It is an add-on board for pi-top‘s PCB Rail that breaks out the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins unlocking unlimited possibilities!

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Also, since it is powered from pi-top‘s Hub you have access to 18V, 5V, 3V and an always-on 3.3V (even when pi-top is powered down), with much higher current outputs than the Raspberry Pi alone can give. Here’s a link to an awesome gif!


What about the Pi 3? Key Features:


pi_angled_webThe new Raspberry Pi 3 is built on the latest Quad Core Broadcom 2837 ARMv8 64 bit processor which is faster and more powerful than it’s predecessors! Some noteworthy additions include:

  • Improved power management
  • built-in wireless connectivity
  • built-in Bluetooth

Meaning you can now use all your USB ports freely! For more detailed information please head over to our interactive Infographic!

We are super excited about this beauty and to see what fun projects everyone comes up with in the near future.

Much love,
pi-top Team

Indiegogo update 9 for pi-topCEED

Hi All!

It has been a busy few weeks here at Pi-Top HQ, and we are excited to share these shots of the pi-topCEED and the new more space efficient pi-topCEED Hub. We have some final tweaks to make to the hinge mechanism and case before we pull the trigger and start CNCing the mould when Ryan goes back to Shenzhen on the 18th. We hope you are excited by the improved design!

All is going smoothly for April delivery and we are really happy about the way this product is going forward.

We have also chosen 5 complimentary Acrylic Slice colours which we will be showing off early next week and soon after we will hold the colour vote for the $130,000 stretch goal!

We will be checking back with you soon!

All the love,

Ryan, Jesse & the pi-topTEAM

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The new design provides easy access to the ports on the Raspberry Pi.

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You will be able to choose between green and grey closer to the shipping date.

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The power button has been integrated into the case.

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The case is 30% thinner than our original!

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The modular rail is now made of steel! The big change here is that all the addon boards will have small magnets so they are super easy to swap in and swap out. We have tested this extensively and it’s a fantastic way to add whatever functionality you wish to your pi-topCEED.

Unfortunately Indiegogo doesn’t let us put gifs in these updates but you can go here to see our newest addon board (pi-topProto) magnetically connecting to the rail and easily sliding into the modular connector.

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The hub size has been reduced by 17mm, which adds plenty of space for any addon boards to go into the rail.

Huge thank you to all our backers 🙂 We are working hard to make pi-topCEED as great as it can be!

How to extract pi-topOS for Mac & Linux

Hi everyone,

We’ve written out two methods for you to extract the pi-topOS!

Method one: Mac and Linux (terminal command method)
Method two:  Mac (graphical method)

These tow solutions are to unzip the pi-topOS file for whoever has downloaded the zip file into the Downloads folder (located in /Users/<username>/Downloads):

Mac and Linux (terminal method): 

  1. Open the terminal application on your computer.

For this tutorials command, we presume that your default location is in your home folder. (see image below)

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Image 1: This is where we assume your file to be located for the command.

2. Type out the command (below) into your terminal application:

`cd Downloads && tar xzvf pi-topOS.zip`

and hit Enter to begin extracting the zip file (see image below). Please note that the command it case sensitive – so please copy it exactly as written above!

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Image 2: This is what it should look like in your terminal.

Leave the terminal window open until you are presented with a prompt allowing you to enter another command, indicating that the extraction is complete. The image file will have been extracted into your Downloads folder ready to be installed onto an SD card.

Mac (graphical method):

If you are happy to install third party software, the simplest method is to install ‘The Unarchiver’ from the App Store. This will also help for future uzipping of files! If the attached link does not work. Simply open the App Store, search for ‘The Unarchiver’ in the top right, and you should see it appear in the search results (see image below):

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Image 3: Depicting App Store with “The Unarchiver” in top left corner.

Click the relevant ‘install’ button to download and install it onto your computer. You may be required to enter your Apple ID and password. At this point, you can return to the Downloads folder in Finder, right click the pi-topOS zip file, and select ‘The Unarchiver’ from the ‘Open With’ toolbar menu (image below):

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Image 4: Depicts how to use ‘The Unarchiver’

This will extract the zip file into your Downloads folder ready to be installed onto and SD card!

We hope this helps and you enjoy the new update! 🙂 If you have any questions or feedback on the new pi-topOS update just drop us an email at support@pi-top.com.

All the love to you amazing people.

Your pi-topTEAM

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Pre-announcement: pi-topOS

Hi everyone,

New year, new features! 2015 was an intense year for the Dev Team at pi-top. Our small team have worked hard to improve the operating system (OS). Monday we will be releasing the update to all pi-top family members. Keep an eye out!

Have a great weekend making!

Love,

pi-top Team