The Pi Zero is here!
The Raspberry Pi foundation announced a new variant of the Raspberry Pi this morning (2 a.m. ET). It is called the Raspberry Pi Zero.
What is the Raspberry Pi Zero?
Raspberry Pi Zero is a variant of the Raspberry Pi model A, A+ but in a smaller form factor.
It comes with:
- 512 MB RAM
- BCM 2835 processor clocked at 1 GHz.
- 40 GPIO pins (similar to other variants)
- mini HDMI port
- USB OTG (On-The-Go) port (this could be used to interface any USB peripheral device like a mouse, USB Wi-Fi adapter etc)
According to Eben Upton, the Raspberry Pi creator and founding member of the foundation, the idea of the Raspberry Pi Zero was born from a conversation with Eric Schmidt @ Google.
Since I live on the west coast of the United States, I was awake when the Raspberry Pi foundation made their announcement. Lady Ada (of Adafruit Industries) did a live demo + a setup tutorial, between 2 a.m. and 3.a.m. in the morning. They also gave away 5 kits to Raspberry Pi fans.
The Pi Supply store is also giving away a Raspberry Pi Zero.
Disclosure: I get an additional entry for every person that enters the give away.