The pi-topCEED is a DIY desktop computer that helps you start learning how to code, create awesome devices and take your knowledge to the next level. This Raspberry Pi-powered computer is an excellent resource to any budding hobbyist, student or intrigued user wanting to learn more about the capabilities of the credit card-sized development board. The only things this kit doesn't include are its own Raspberry Pi, keyboard, mouse and speakers; you'll need to supply those on your own. We purposefully chose the pi-topCEED without its own RPi due to the fact that most of you already own your own board and may not want to use a different or more expensive one.
The green pi-topCEED comes with a 14" HD LCD screen (1366 x 768 resolution) and a Hub PCB to take care of power management and a host of other functions. Don't worry about cables or your OS either; everything to hook up each part in the box is included, along with the latest version of the pi-topOS on an 8GB microSD card. Designed with ergonomics in mind, the pi-topCEED comes with a back stand that is adjustable up to 180° and can even be wall-mounted. Unlike the pi-top, little to no assembly is required -- just install your Raspberry Pi, plug in power to a wall outlet, and you are good to go!
All pi-topCEEDs come preloaded with CEEDuniverse, a multiplayer online game that teaches you how to code, build circuits and make hardware that interacts with the game in real time. For example, you’ll be mining for resources in CEEDuniverse. However, you must program your mining bot in order to activate your Mining Machine. Speaking of mining, Minecraft comes pre-installed on each computer as well!
Note: Need a Raspberry Pi to use with your pi-top? Never fear; we have you covered with the new Raspberry Pi 3!
Using the Raspberry Pi 3B+? You need pi-topOS version 2018-04-03 or newer or your Pi will get stuck on the "rainbow screen of death." You can download the newest version of the OS at the link below. https://pi-top.com/products/os#download
Whether it's for assembling a kit, hacking an enclosure, or creating your own parts; the DIY skill is all about knowing how to use tools and the techniques associated with them.
Skill Level: Noob - Basic assembly is required. You may need to provide your own basic tools like a screwdriver, hammer or scissors. Power tools or custom parts are not required. Instructions will be included and easy to follow. Sewing may be required, but only with included patterns.
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If a board needs code or communicates somehow, you're going to need to know how to program or interface with it. The programming skill is all about communication and code.
Skill Level: Noob - Programming will be limited to basic drag and drop interfaces like ModKit or Scratch. You won't be writing code, but you will still need to understand some basics of interfacing with hardware. If you?re just using a sensor, it's output is analog.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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Well worth the wait. As a Raspberry Pi Evangelist and College level educator, this is the best classroom or lab device for Raspberry Pi and Arduino. I always use the latest Raspbian release and add the power off stuff from https://github.com/rricharz/pi-top-install. Will probably be ordering 30 more for classroom use shortly.
Gary H. Baker, EE
Simple; No problems installing Raspbian OS on my Pi 3 B, connecting to internet, installing s/w from online sources, connected up 3 Arduino DUE's and no recognition problems, connected pi cam and I have fine stills and videos. Also, it's fairly easy to get into config and adjust operation. Quite happy. Only thing now is I am wondering if I might be able to access the pi cam pgm raspi features and use them for obstacle avoidance for my robot..have to think about that...maybe a c ++ program ...we'll see.
It's small and compact. Easy to set up. My students love Python and Scratch. The only problem was the SD card didn't work correctly. I had to download pi top software onto a new card and it works fine.
magnetic posts don't fit in to board. cable to connect Pi to display isn't long enough.
cheesy and large.
save your money.
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What are the power supply requirements? I've tried to find detailed specs here, pi-top, and google to no avail.
Want to Apologize to all for "My-Assumption" that the Memory stick loaded with the Pi-Top OS was not for my Raspberry Pi. I was Frantically trying to download the 1.6G Pi-Top package when I REALLY actually had it on the memory Stick... Duuuh!
Anyway, This Pi-Top package is simply Awesome and worth Every-Cent!!! I'm hoping that there are updates as I have NOT activated Wi-Fi or even an SUDO Update yet.
There are long delay's where the screen seems locked up while running on my Raspberry Pi 3. Hoping this could be resolved with Pi-Top package patches or even other OS's that support the Pi-Top.
Again Thank You! and sorry for my misunderstanding...
OK... No response from ANYONE.. Day #3 and 6 downloads of 1.6Gb and STILL-NO-GO!... I'm REALLY trying... Pray my SparkFun can help me............. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you are still having problems please email techsupport and they should be able to help you.
Hello, As of 11-1-16 this evening I'm having troubles with the Pi-Top CEED OS. I've downloaded the 1.6Gb package TWICE and both times the ZIP file comes up with errors showing that the image is Corrupted. I tried opening the file ONLY using the "Etcher" program to Image the SD card (and I'm using a 16Gb Sandisk type mSD.) and the Etcher program gives a Corruption error also... I've tried EVERYTHING! to test my brand new CEED and play with it excitedly but have failed at every try..... haha! <Yep, back to dealing with that Vince-Guy.... LOLOL!>
Try dd command in MAC. This works for me it takes half a day but it works.
Hi sparkfun, where can I get a break-out board for the GPIO, the headers of the PI-TOPceed is not the same size as the PI cable. I saw in the pi-top website that they sell this proto-board but it says that I have to pay custom duties if I order from them. Are you going to sell this proto-board?
How much power does this draw when paired with a Pi? What is the Vin requirements? It looks like it requires a GPIO cable from the Pi, what is this used for? The instruction sheet doesn't seem too clear. For my project I need to have access to the Pi's UART port and it would be nice to have a few more IO pins.
Um, how do you interact with it? Does it have a touch screen? do you need a bluetooth keyboard and mouse?
Alternatively, Pi-Top's website features modular speakers and a protoboard with broken out headers for the GPIO pins