I’m back to playing around with the Raspberry Pi. Right now I’m considering webcam projects, and am looking for interesting subjects around the house. The goldfish have been seeing a lot of air time because the dog refuses to stay in camera range. Animal subjects aside, I’ve found an issue with the Pi that has really been bugging me.
The Pi’s best features are its low price and small size. However, to fully access one, you need a mouse, keyboard and monitor. If you want wireless network access, you’ll also need a Wi-Fi dongle. Between the mouse, keyboard and Wi-Fi, you then have three serial components, but since the Pi has only two serial ports, you now need to add a powered USB hub. Suddenly, there are wires and cables all over the place, and the Pi isn’t so compact and portable any more.