Waveshare Raspberry Pico Clock: A DIY Clock for Makers
The Raspberry Pi is a wonderfully flexible SBC and easily one of our favorite open-source boards on the market today. Its easy to use hardware and robust online community make it an optimal choice for both beginners and advanced makers. This sprawling community extends beyond hobbyists or enthusiasts and also includes third party companies that sell a myriad of accessories and more to compliment the tiny computer.
One of the biggest draws to using the Raspberry Pi is it’s low price point and compatibility with this huge selection of add on hardware and kits. Today we’re looking at a specific kit designed for the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller known as the Electronic Clock for Raspberry Pi Pico from Waveshare.
This kit features a custom PCB designed to fit a Raspberry Pi Pico board which must be purchased separately. It’s attached to a matrix of LEDs that can be used to display time, text, and more. The clock’s PCB includes a selection of modules and components that can be individually addressed as each maker desires. It can be programmed simply to tell the time or used for more complex programs that respond based on input from things like its temperature sensor.
According to Waveshare, the digital clock kit is intended mainly for those looking to study the Pico and how to program microelectronics. Because of this directive, I’ll be looking closely at how well the kit and materials provided are optimized for students in both novice and advanced settings.
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