Full-featured prototyping solution for Raspberry PiDesigned by Gooligum Electronics, Ships from China
The Wombat board helps you create electronic projects that connect to your Raspberry Pi, whether you're designing a new product or just playing. It's all about prototyping - taking an idea and seei...Read More…
The Wombat board helps you create electronic projects that connect to your Raspberry Pi, whether you're designing a new product or just playing.
It's all about prototyping - taking an idea and seeing what you can do with it!
It provides useful facilities for building your creations, including:
I like to build electronic circuits that connect to the Raspberry Pi, but the prototyping solutions I'd found simply weren't suitable for serious design work. They'd typically consist of a too-small breadboard mounted above the Pi (a "hat"), or else be a cable for connection to a larger breadboard - taking some of the valuable breadboard space while doing nothing to provide extra power or useful facilities such as LEDs and switches. So I designed something that I'd find genuinely useful for myself - and hopefully for others.
Then I thought about what else is the Raspberry Pi lacking, that I'd find useful when developing? How about analog inputs? And a USB serial interface? And being able to power the board from USB, while also using it for comms? So I added those features...
One of the challenges with building circuits that work with a Raspberry Pi is that, although its GPIO pins use 3.3 V logic, it can only supply up to 50 mA at 3.3 V, which may not be enough to power your circuit. The Wombat board helps to overcome this limitation by including a 3.3 V power supply that can supply up to 500 mA.
And wouldn't it be nice to be able to connect to the Raspberry Pi's serial console via USB? You could then log in and use it without a network connection, configure the network (including WiFi), find out what IP address its using, or simply watch the messages scroll past while it boots. And wouldn't it be nice to be able to use that USB connection to also power your Raspberry Pi? The Wombat board makes of that possible by providing a micro USB port and a genuine FTDI serial to USB bridge that not only provides access to the Raspberry Pi's serial console but can power the Raspberry Pi and Wombat board as well.
Or not - each of the Wombat board's functions can easily be disabled if your project doesn't need it.
It's compatible with every model of Raspberry Pi.
See the Kickstarter video here
And Average Man vs Raspberry Pi's product review here
The Wombat board is supplied fully built and comes with:
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Gooligum Electronics is a small business based in Sydney, Australia. It is owned and operated by David Meiklejohn and family.
We design development and training boards, expansion boards and electronic project kits, with a focus on Raspberry Pi and Microchip's PIC microcontrollers.
Our aim is to create products that are fun, useful, educational or (preferably!) all of the above.
We also focus on creating PIC and Raspberry Pi tutorials. There is plenty of material available on PICs, which can make it daunting to get started. Our approach is to introduce PIC programming and design in easy stages, based on a solid grounding in theory, creating a set of building blocks and techniques and giving you the confidence to draw on as we move up to more complex designs. And for Raspberry Pi we aim to support makers and engineers who want to build them into projects - focusing on electronic interfacing.