Three LEDs, a button and lots of switches

The Workers have teamed up with their super talented friends to release a hardware product called Pidee.

Ever heard of a Raspberry Pi? Read on to find out more…

Why the Raspberry Pi?

Here at The Workers we use lots of Raspberry Pi computers. These £5-£25 computers are the neatest little tool in any creative coders toolbox. We’ve used them in robots, in 70 screens that covered Tate Modern, in various prototypes and even to make a 50 million pixel display!

What’s the problem?

We love the Raspberry Pi. But when we use them we always find ourselves wishing there was a switch, a button or a light to blink. This would save us from having to plug in a monitor, grab a keyboard or hunt for the IP address.

Pidee’s Static IP Address Tool

Our solution

We wanted to make something cheap so we can have it kicking around and buy it in multiples. Something robust. Something we could use at home and at work to avoid doing any more breadboard botched jobs. Something simple. So kids in schools can jump in and use GPIO right away. Something safe so we can set an input to an output and not fry the Pi. This is why we made the Pidee board and we hope you like it too.

Pidee’s game for learning binary

Why would you want one?

You might be creating an installation with hundreds of Raspberry Pis and need to give them all a unique ID. Or you may need to boot differents program when you use your Raspberry Pi in a greenhouse or when you use it in school. Or you might want to enable a debug mode. Or maybe you just want a button to shutdown a Raspberry Pi cleanly? Oh wait… of course, you do that anyway!

Want to know more?

Currently we have a prototype batch of Pidee boards. And, we are opensourcing the Pidee software libraries over on github.

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