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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits 81

An anonymous reader writes: Over 4 million Raspberry Pis have been sold so far, and now founder Eben Upton has shown off a touchscreen display panel that's designed to work with it. It's a 7" panel, roughly tablet sized, but slightly thicker. "With the incoming touchscreen panel The Pi Foundation is clearly hoping to keep stoking the creative fires that have helped drive sales of the Pi by slotting another piece of DIY hardware into the mix." Upton also discussed the Model A+ Raspberry Pi board — an updated version they'll be announcing soon.
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Raspberry Pi Founder Demos Touchscreen Display For DIY Kits

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  • by __aaclcg7560 ( 824291 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2014 @12:36PM (#48204545)
    Why would I want to touch my raspberry? :P
  • by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2014 @12:53PM (#48204749)

    One of the things I am missing is the idea of a whitebox mobile devices. so you can build your own phone and your own tablet.
    It may not be Sexy as an iPad, but you can configure in ways to get what you want out of it. More speed, more memory, better video, or huge battery life...
    That is what made the PC popular, was the fact that you could get a PC configured for what you need it for. A cheap low end box, to a high end system. Was all possible.
    This also allowed for a bunch of small companies to start building computers.

    • by fisted ( 2295862 )
      I completely agree, but unfortunately this:

      or huge battery life...

      isn't going to happen with the raspi.

      No, not with Model A+, either.

    • by _xeno_ ( 155264 )

      You mean something like Project Ara []? (Actually, Project Ara's website sucks, try the Wikipedia page on it instead [].)

      People are working on a modular cell phone. Not open hardware, necessarily, but something which you can upgrade piecemeal. I don't think anyone's managed to create a real marketable solution, but - well, there are companies working on it.

    • [] Now compare it to an iPhone...
  • Why not just repurpose an old android phone? if you really need I/O, plug in an IOIO board. It's probably cheaper than buying all these peripherals.
    • by unimacs ( 597299 )
      It depends on whether you're doing it for a hobby or designing something you can build multiple copies of. It also depends on how important precise timing is. You may need a RTOS which Android isn't. Raspbian isn't either but there are ports of Real-Time OSes for RPi.
  • by Dracos ( 107777 )

    I hope "VGA" is a bad hint at what this screen will be. Pi's have HDMI output, so surely the screen will support that, if not HDMI/VGA/NTSC/PAL. Adafruit's 7 inch LCD screens are 800x640 or more, so hopefully he's not referring to 640x480 resolution.

    Hopefully what they release is at least 720p.

    • The previously-released camera module used the ribbon-cable CSI interface, so the new screen module will probably use the DSI interface []. According to the specifications, it allows "up to" an 800x480 screen to be connected, so they may be releasing a WVGA screen.
  • by Kazoo the Clown ( 644526 ) on Wednesday October 22, 2014 @02:59PM (#48205881)
    The site's comments are driven by a Facebook login, I won't touch those with a 10-ft pole. Any site so brain dead as to think that would ever be appropriate has got nothing to say I want to hear.
  • So much disdain, and even outright hostillity towards the Pi, yet it continues to confound its critics with its popularity.
    I wonder where the disconnect is.
    • by amiga3D ( 567632 )

      The disconnect is called snobbery. My device is faster, better, smaller, quieter or what have you. So what? The Pi has the right mix of versatility, power and price to make it a success. If it doesn't fit their needs then they should feel free to shop elsewhere.

  • > Upton also discussed the Model A+ Raspberry Pi board
    Not, really: "We’re going to do an announcement about an A+ soon. I think it’s going to be an exciting product,” he said, without giving exact details of how the board will be upgraded.
    That's all he said.
  • just like it took them ~2 years for mipi camera, all because of closed source blob and Broadcom hostility. Instead of releasing simple shim drivers for MIPI ports they insist on keeping everything in the binary blob and tying users to their branded camera module (thankfully Chinese took care of that and you can buy 'counterfeit' at 2/3 the price), and now to their branded screen (which no doubt will be 2x the price of generic mipi screen on ebay)

  • Only raspberry pi cameras work with the Pi, despite there being hundreds of CSI capable cameras. And now a touchscreen that will be the only screen that works with the Pi, despite hundreds of DSI capable screens out there. The Raspberry Pi is just another walled garden.

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