Just a couple of weeks ago I was going through a couple of interesting tech blogs I like to read and stumbled upon a new “service” element14, the official Raspberry Pi Manufacurer came up with:
“We are delighted to announce the appointment of element14 as our strategic partner for the design and manufacture of custom Raspberry Pi-derived hardware”
Eben Upton, CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading talking about this exclusive element14 development ( Taken from element14’s website )
Yes, the ability to customize board layout, interfaces, connectors, configuration and functionality. The first thing that came to my mind was:
I thought it would be a great opportunity to remove ALL of the unused elements for #simPancreas and start that process I’ve been delaying to make the project fit into my pocket, but reading element14 comments from their spokeperson:
“Pricing will be based on the level of customisation and the volume of boards required. We will work with each individual customer on their requirements and work out pricing as part of the quoting process.”
I decided to leave the idea alone.
To my surprise, a couple of weeks later, I find this incredible image:
Which is EXACTLY what I wanted for the Raspberry Pi. They listened to my wishes.
I actually wanted a board like this so bad, back in May this year, I supported CHIP, “The World’s first nine dollar computer” by Next Thing Co:
I want to test both boards out and see which one is better for simPancreas… at first glance, I think I still prefer CHIP as it has integrated WiFi, plus they have lowered their price to $8.
Edit November 29th:
According to hackaday.com, adding WiFi to the Pi Zero is easy 🙂
I’m still a little bit unconvinced about the software & hardware capabilities of CHIP considering simPancreas needs a little bit of tweaking for both sides, plus, my CHIP will be getting to me on February next year. I am almost 100% sure that the Pi Zero is most likely to behave good on the first try and I think I can have it in my hands before the CHIP.
There is only one way to know which one is better for the job.