BLOG | Introducing the Pi Cap
If you haven’t heard, Raspberry Pi just released the Raspberry Pi Zero. We’re pretty excited! So excited that we’ve already made something for it. Introducing the Pi Cap. The power of the Touch Board on ANY Raspberry Pi. We’ve transported the power of the Touch Board from the Arduino galaxy to the Raspberry Pi universe.
What is the Pi Cap and how can I get one?
Imagine adding capacitive touch, distance sensing and audio output to a Raspberry Pi that you can hide in your pocket. We thought that would be pretty cool too. To create the Pi Cap we stripped down the Touch Board to its best features, capacitive touch, distance sensing, audio output and a super easy on-boarding experience.
The computing power of the Zero combined with the physical prototyping power of the Pi Cap will give makers a huge potential for interactive projects, music machines, amazing wearables and so much more. Turn your Raspberry Pi Zero into a music machine with polyphonic sample playback and modulation, connect buttons to your favourite games or create interactive wearables with high resolution inputs and rich audio and video outputs.
We’ve been working on the Pi Cap for a while, but it’s not ready yet. We’re going to be offering the Pi Cap for pre-orders soon. If you’d like to register your interest and receive an exclusive pre-order discount, sign up here.
What is the Raspberry Pi Zero?
When our friends at Raspberry Pi told us about the Zero we were ecstatic. This was a Pi that we could put anywhere. It’s small, powerful and ripe for cool add ons. We knew that we had to connect the power of the Touch Board to this amazing new device. Raspberry Pi have changed the world again by making the Zero, a $5 computer that’s only a bit bigger than a stick of gum. Like all Raspberry Pis, the Zero is a fully functional computer. The Zero plus the Pi Cap is a powerful combination.
Add amazing features to any Raspberry Pi
Capacitive Sensing hardware and software The Pi Cap uses the same robust capacitive sensing hardware as our Touch Board. Plus we’re porting our powerful libraries so that you can control and tune your sensors to your liking.
Connect your Pi to anything You’ll notice that the Pi Cap has the same 12 electrodes along the top edge as the Touch Board. That means you can connect with Electric Paint, crocodile clips, M3 hardware or solder.
Audio Output Notice that 3.5mm audio jack? That’s right, you can plug in your headphones for high quality audio output on the Raspberry Pi Zero, or any Pi for that matter!
A Music Machine The Pi Cap will be useful for tons of projects, but out of the box its a music machine! We’re working on a Raspberry Pi build that will turn your Zero into a polyphonic sampler the first time you boot it up.
RGB Status LED The Pi Cap has an RGB status LED to let you know that its booting up, whether its recorded a touch and more. Plus, it shines neatly through one of the mounting holes in the Zero!
GPIO Breakouts See that break out area to the right? We thought that you might appreciate a bit of an expansion space. Maybe you want to put down a pair of rotary encoders for your music machine!
Cross-Pi Compatibility We are crazy for the Zero, but we love other Pis too. Did we mention that the PiCap works on Raspberry Pi, A, B and B+. We don’t want to leave anyone out!
How can I get one? We’ve been working on the Pi Cap for a while, but its not ready yet. We’re going to be offering the Pi Cap for pre-orders soon.If you’d like to register your interest and receive an exclusive pre-order discount, sign up here.