First things first. To get anywhere with this project, we’re going to need some hardware. I am not going to go deeply into the reasons for choosing what I did, except to say that I wanted costs to be minimised, but usability maximised. For that reason I went for two bundles. They are :
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B (for good Win 10 Iot Support)
- Official Raspberry Pi 7″ touchscreen
- Raspberry Pi Zero
- 16 channel GPIO expansion Board and various switches, resistors and capacitors.
All hardware was purchased from ThePiHut (no affiliation)
I also got a couple of cases and general ancillaries for the setup phase. The cases won’t get used – I will eventually build enclosures for both units that will be mountable in the locations I need them.
Assembling the Pi3 and display was simple enough (sorry, no pictures, I did this step before I decided I was going to blog the process) following online instructions from the interwebs.
For the Pi Zero, I am using Raspbian, and I set that up using all the defaults using a NOOBS SD card that I bought with the device.
For the Pi3, I installed the latest public release of Windows 10 IoT core using the IoT Core Dashboard.
Again, apologies for the scarcity of the information in this post, but I will try to tear everything back down and reassemble with photos and more detail. I just want to get cracking on the fun side.