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Poo.pi Project Setup Part 1

Today I am going to go through the beginning steps that I took to create my Raspberry Pi Poo.py project. If you haven't heard about what this is I have written about it previously: [Clicky]

Image of the Raspberry Pi and all of it's components

Pitfalls

Here are some potential pitfalls that I wasn't quite expecting when starting this project. Some of them are quite the heart breakers.

Conflicting Software

Always check what software you have on your system at the time you are reading an article on how to do something new. I found out first hand that if you just install software without first checking to see if you have another version that maybe for the device you are working on, you may in fact bork the software you want to use.

Hardware issues

Knowing what pins you are going to be using and the compatibility between hardware is also very useful thing to know when you are working on these kinds of projects.

Breakage

Making sure that your tech is being transferred in some protected environment. Reason I say this is because I broke off one of the resistors that is on the B model of the Raspberry Pi. Luckily I had another that I had been using as a backup server at home, so I am using that in the mean time.

The Items Needed

If you are going to be doing anything more than what I have I will say good luck and have fun. Here are the items I needed for this project:

  • Raspberry Pi B Model ($35.00)
  • Bread Board ($5.00)
  • Door switch ($3.95)
  • Pi Cobbler with Breakout cable ($6.50)

You can find all these items at Adafruit.

More tutorials are coming soon. A tweet will be sent out for the next article so check back! @rizowski

Part 2 (Poop.pi software)

Poo.pi Project Setup Part 1
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