Archive for December, 2015

How to install Windows on a Raspberry Pi and Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

Happy New Year!

Raspberry Pi Zero Review @

I hope you had a great Christmas, and here is wishing everyone can get all the Raspberry Pi Zero’s they want early in 2016.

In other news, we are still getting plenty of questions on how to install Windows on a Raspberry Pi. Sigh.


  1. WRONG processor architecture (ARM vs x86)
  2. slower processor on the Pi
  3. QEMU would work, glacially
  4. Wine does not emulate x86
  5. ExGear is an optimized Wine that does x86, but it is not Windows
  6. Windows 10 IoT is NOT a desktop OS

For more a more detailed explanation, please see:

How can I install Windows 10 on the Raspberry Pi 2?

Serving Raspberry Pi #1 in Servo January 2016 issue!

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Serving Raspberry Pi #1

The first “Serving Raspberry Pi #1” article is now available in the January issue of Servo Magazine!

The digital issue just came out today, print copies should be in stores RSN.

The first article in my series about Raspberry Pi and Robotics (a match similar to peanut butter and jam in goodness) on pages 52-55.

As #1 indicates, this will be a series of articles :-)

You can submit Raspberry Pi robotics related questions at:

I recommend Servo Magazine to anyone interested in robotics.



You can also find a Mikronauts ad on Page 49 of the same issue

Raspberry Pi Zero and HC-SR04 Distance Sensor

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Raspberry Pi HC-SR4 @
(click on the image for larger version)

The HC-SR04 ultrasonic distance sensor is almost as big as a Raspberry Pi Zero!

I had some issues getting python code working with an HC-SR04 a few months ago, and with the Pi Zero I recently reviewed still set up on my desk, I made time to get some easy to use Python code running with it!

Click on the link below to read the article and get the simple python code, it will work with any model Raspberry Pi:

LeMaker Guitar Review Update

Friday, December 18th, 2015

LeMaker Guitar Review @

Good news!

I just read on the LeMaker forum that the connectors are for the 40 pin flex cables like on the Banana Pi & Pro.

I based my earlier report on the schematic showing 42 pin connectors, as they listed the solder tabs as well.

Apparently the Banana Pi Camera and the 7″ Banana Pro LCD is compatible with the Guitar Base Board. (The 3.5″ and 5″ displays are not compatible as they are not LVDS displays)

Banana Pi 7" LCD Review

The 3.5″ and 5″ displays are not compatible as they are not LVDS displays.

RoboPi is now supported on 12 different single board computers! (includes Raspberry Pi Zero)

Friday, December 11th, 2015

Raspberry Pi Zero Review @

I used to think that RoboPi was pretty small.

But it dwarfs the Rasoberry Pi Zero!

RoboPi now supports the following single board computers:

  1. Raspberry Pi Zero (RPi Zero Review)
  2. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (RPi2 Review)
  3. Raspberry Pi Model A
  4. Raspberry Pi Model A+ (RPi A+ Review)
  5. Raspberry Pi Model B
  6. Raspberry Pi Model B+ (RPi B+ Review)
  7. Banana Pi (and BPi-M1) (BPi Review)
  8. Banana Pro (BPro Review)
  9. LeMaker Guitar with Base Board (Guitar Review)
  10. ODROID-C1 (C1 Review)
  11. ODROID-XU4 with Shifter Shied (XU4 Review)
  12. MIPS Create CI20 (CI20 Review)

RoboPi simply stacks on top of the single board computers listed above.

Of course, RoboPi also supports stand alone operation with a PropPlug and 5V!

Every platform is supported with the C/C++ RoboPi API, and all platforms (except MIPS Create CI20) are also supported by the RoboPi Python API.