I have been a huge fan of Ryanteck for a long time now and think what Ryan does is brilliant. Earlier this year Ryan started a campaign on KickStarter for RTK.GPIO, a USB Raspberry Pi Compatible GPIO Header. This is an easy way to add a Raspberry Pi style 40 pin GPIO header to a Mac or PC. Ryan achieved over £10,000 worth of pledges which is great!

This board can be used in two main ways. Firstly it can give you I/O connectivity for a Mac or PC, this will also support many Raspberry Pi HATs. I can see this being very useful for schools where they want to introduce elements of Physical Computing but haven't yet embraced a Pi suite of machines. Secondly, it can be used to get extra Raspberry Pi pins on a Pi or run your header off the Pi with the USB cable.

Ryan very kindly sent me a test unit which I have spent the last hour tinkering with. After a little bit of Mac setup and installation I had my first LED flashing away on my desk.


The Python code was very simple and would be recognisable to anyone who has already used a Raspberry Pi for similar projects.

This is definitely one project to watch!

from RTk import GPIO
LED = 22


Ryanteck budget Raspberry Pi powered robot kit

Want to get into Raspberry Pi based robotics?

If the answer is yes then can I recommend to you the Budget Raspberry Pi Robot kit from Ryanteck. This is a great little kit which is relatively easy to assemble and priced extremely competitively at just under £30.

The kit I was sent to review contained:

The motor control kit (RKT-000-001)
The budget robot kit (RTK-000-003)

You do need to supply your own Raspberry Pi and means of powering the Pi.
You will also need soldering skills and equipment.

I must admit that I cheated and a kind colleague soldered the motor control board for me, but in hindsight I could have done it myself!

The robot kit was extremely simple to build and made a nice morning project.

The instructions were very detailed and included good product photos showing each step. The Raspberry Pi instructions for setting up wifi connectivity were simple to follow and the example code on github made programming it very easy.

This is a great product and also having met Ryan from Ryanteck I would definitely encourage you to try this kit out. Ryan is an awesome young man who is destined to do really great things. Check out the links for Ryan at the official Raspberry Pi website http://www.raspberrypi.org/tag/ryan-walmsley/

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