Description: Named after its designer, Gert van Loo, the Gertboard is an IO expansion board for the Raspberry Pi with a lot of flexibility.
Plug the Gertboard into the GPIO header on your Raspberry Pi and you’re ready to start detecting and responding to events in the real world. Jumper wires (called “straps”) and pin jumpers are used to reconfigure the board in any number of ways. Whether you need to detect button presses or analog voltages, control motors or relays, the Gertboard is the ultimate tool for exploring the Raspberry Pi’s full I/O potential!
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Except for the most proficient and well-equipped hardware engineers, the Gertboard is a MUST-HAVE piece of kit, just as important as the Raspberry Pi itself.
The board’s design is inspired by a brilliant concept - several independent pieces of equipment on the one board, which can be linked exactly as the user desires. LEDs and buttons help with the ‘Hello, world" programming stages, an abundance of open collector outputs are on tap for driving those mains power relays, and an on-board ATMega microcontroller, easily programmed from the RPi, and linked to the RPi via TTY or SPI. takes care of any pin shortages. The documentation is wonderful as well, and puts a lot of other hardware documentation to shame! It also links to some very helpful online tutorial pages. If you’re starting out on Pi programming, add this board to your RPi order. It’s an absolute no-brainer! Also, add an extra pack of jumper leads - the mere 10 that are supplied with this board run out very quickly, and is the only flaw to the board’s packaging. Apart from that, great product!