The Raspberry Pi Zero W can be a bit tricky to set up with its unique power and cable requirements. That’s where this kit comes in. The SparkFun Raspberry Pi Zero W Basic Kit provides you with everything you need to get started with the newest Pi, all without breaking the bank.
The Raspberry Pi Zero W is still the Pi you know and love but at a largely reduced size of only 65mm long by 30mm wide and at a very economical price. With the addition of wireless LAN and Bluetooth®, the Raspberry Pi Zero W is ideal for making embedded Internet of Things (IoT) projects. The Pi Zero W has been designed to be as flexible and compact as possible with mini connectors and an unpopulated 40-pin GPIO allowing you to use only what your project requires.
Inside each kit you will find a Raspberry Pi Zero W with a fully programmed NOOBS card, Mini HDMI and USB OTG cables, and a high-quality wall adapter. This kit provides everything you need to get started with the Pi Zero W.
Note: As of the release of the Pi Zero Basic Kit the NOOBS image will need to be updated to work on Pi Zero boards. You can download the image here.
Looking to make the Raspberry Pi Zero W a dongle? Check out the Pi Zero USB Stem:
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: Rookie - You will need a better fundamental understand of what code is, and how it works. You will be using beginner-level software and development tools like Arduino. You will be dealing directly with code, but numerous examples and libraries are available. Sensors or shields will communicate with serial or TTL.
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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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The hardware works great - PI in a smaller footprint. The only issue I had with the kit was the included SD card. The PI Zero is not supported by the software on that card. There is a comment that you need to update it or refresh it (which I did). Seems kind of pointless to provide the card. But not a large issue as the refreshing was simple