I was recently sent a ProtoCam to review from Richard (AKA @AverageManVsPi).

This is currently a kickstarter project which is definitely well worth a look (and a second look!)

Picamera board

The ProtoCam board is a neat solution for creating Raspberry Pi projects using both the GPIO and camera. The PCB is manufactured in the UK to a very high standard and is made with nickel/gold plating.

Once soldered and assembled the board fits neatly onto the Raspberry Pi (model A / B) and the camera is securely attached via small nylon screws and nuts. The camera is connected to the Raspberry Pi by a short and firm belt which fits under the PCB next to the Raspberry Pi.

At the moment my camera is attached to my robot so I am debating if I should either order a new camera or dismantle it from my robot so I can fully test this.

Some possible uses of the board could include:

  • Adding LEDs to build a flash gun on the front of the camera
  • Adding switches to build a simple point and click camera control
  • Adding a segment display for a timer / photo counter

I think that this project has great potential so I would thoroughly recommend backing it

Back the project here

Did I also mention that this great project was selected as the Staff Pick at KickStarter?


MyPiFi LCD Board support for Raspberry Pi

It is great how many cool things for the Raspberry Pi are coming out through Kickstarter projects.

I would like to highlight the MyPiFi LCD board support for the Raspberry Pi which offers a quick and easy way to add an LCD board to your projects.

The Project has been started by Paul Brown from the UK also know as @mypifi on Twitter. His blog can be found here.


This is a great little device which allows you to easily and quickly change LCD boards attached to all models of the Raspberry Pi. This eliminates the worry of forgetting how each wire was connected.

The pledges start at £6 where you will get an LCD support board with one extended GPIO header, LCD socket and potentiometer kit. The kit needs assembling. For another £5 you get the same kit with 16x2 LCD display with blue backlight.

I look forward to trying one out and writing a more detailed review.

Go fund it today!