If you’ve been hanging around the RasPi.TV blog for a while you’ll have heard of the RasPiO Portsplus board. It’s a little PCB with the Pi’s GPIO port numbers on that you can use to avoid counting pins when wiring up your GPIO projects.
A few months ago I was visiting Pi Towers. Ben Nuttall mentioned that they use the Portsplus at Picademy, but sometimes people put them on the wrong way up and it causes confusion. The original Portsplus has GPIO port numbers one one side and pin numbers on the other side. It was designed to appeal to both ‘camps’ since both schemes are in use.
That left me with a decision to make…
- ‘Fork’ the product and bring out a new one alongside the original
- Make a new one and obsolete the original
- Do nothing
I like choices, so in the end I decided to create a Portsplus Picademy edition. Here it is…
It also has rather fancy gold-plated lettering for RasPiO and Picademy. It should appeal to hardware hackers as well because it has the alternative functions on the reverse side.
At just 1mm thick, it leaves plenty of space for attaching your wires. It’s thick enough not to feel flimsy, but thin enough not to be clunky.
Where and How Much?
The RasPiO Portsplus product page is here. You can also grab one right here by clicking the PayPal buttons below.
They cost £2 + £1 shipping anywhere in the world.
You can use it as an attractive key-fob as well (split-ring not supplied).