[Dprglist] SBC's for Controlling Robot

Rud Merriam rudmerriam at gmail.com
Thu Nov 25 21:55:29 PST 2021

Murry (and others),

Since you mention the Zero W you might find my Hackaday article on the 
release of the Zero interesting. It was click bait with some serious 
comments. And it worked. There were something like 170,000 accesses 
which outstripped anything previously written. It also made the front 
page of one of the article listing sites.

Will definitely look at that Zero W once they are available. I got my 
cross-compile working from the CLI. Now to get it working with Eclipse. 
Each of us have their preferences based on long term usage. That's mine.

-73 -
*Rud Merriam K5RUD*
/Mystic Lake Software/ <http://mysticlakesoftware.com/>

On 11/24/21 12:55 AM, Murray Altheim via DPRGlist wrote:
> On 24/11/21 6:45 pm, Rud Merriam via DPRGlist wrote:
>> Folks at the meeting mentioned that Pis generally don't pull the
>> power that is specified. I looked again at the specs for earlier
>> Pis. I'd forgotten the Pi 3B had built in WiFi. Since I have one,
>> I powered it up using an SD card that was already in place. It booted 
>> fine and power draw is much lower than the 'rating'. Now I just need 
>> to remember how to set up doing remote development
>> from my PC to the Pi.
> Hi Rud,
> You can either use a VSCode plugin to remote in to the robot from a
> desktop, or do as I do, which is to ssh in and do my work on the
> robot itself, pushing my work to github. I'm a command line/vi person
> so this is kinda a default anyway.
>> Might look at a Pi 4 when they become available in the middle of 2022.
> If you don't need the horsepower of the Pi 4, there's also the
> Raspberry Pi Zero W (with WiFi) and the new four core version of it,
> the Raspberry PI Zero W 2. The former was benchmarked* at about 120mA
> with WiFi on, 80mA with it off. The newer model resp. at 120mA/100mA.
> I've used the Zero W for a number of robots, and just received my
> first Zero W 2 a few days ago. Very tiny board but very useful, and
> theres's a lot of accessories available for it, like the PiconZero.
> I've had a bunch of them running security cameras around my house 24/7
> for years now, entirely reliable.
> Cheers,
> Murray
> * https://www.pidramble.com/wiki/benchmarks/power-consumption
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