The conveyor belt of accessories for Raspberry Pi continues to roll. The latest innovations, exclusive to element14, take aim at the next generation of Internet of Things (IoT) products. Newly launched modules, generically dubbed MICROSTACK provide GPS positioning, accelerometer and prototyping.
MICROSTACK is a family of compact, reusable, stacking accessory boards with a common form factor, software and interface connections, built on a platform specific base board (adapter board) for the Raspberry Pi.
The GPS module provides easy plug and play solution for designs requiring GPS positioning to create geo-location aware projects. It features standalone data logging and also brings globally synchronised, highly accurate time keeping to the Raspberry Pi. It includes an ultra slim Patch on Top (POT) module with an embedded 15x15mm patch antenna with external socket as one of the most advanced and complete GPS modules to get started with.
The accelerometer module provides easy, plug and play integration and development for designs requiring accelerometer such as robotics, tilt sensors, gaming, tracking and motion. It is based around a MMA8491Q, a low power, 3-axis low-g accelerometer offering multi-range 14-bit ± 8g resolution.
The PROTOBOARD module is a prototyping module allowing users to create their own circuit designs to be used with the Microstack form factor.
The low power modules can also be used in breadboard or integrated into full custom PCBs, providing a solution from prototyping to production. Furthermore, like PiFace, MICROSTACK will both engage and nurture beginners that Raspberry Pi has attracted into the maker space, as well as providing powerful building blocks cutting development time for established engineers.
The supporting software is easy to use, with easy installation, and example solutions demonstrating the power of MICROSTACK written in just five lines of Python.
New modules as well as tutorials guides and application examples will be added to the family towards the end of the year.


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