Raspberry Pi fans can add a display to their devices using three new Adafruit Pi Plate kits, which are available at electronics distributor Newark element14. The kits enable a display to be added to the Raspberry Pi without the usual wiring difficulties; they can control a 16x2 Character LCD using only the two I2C pins on the Raspberry Pi, and I2C-based sensors and RTS can also share the same bus. Each kit includes a blue & white monochrome LCD, or a RGB Negative LCD or a Positive LCD. According to the company, the Pi Plate kits help users add a display using just the pins on the Pi while avoiding the typical wiring hassles. In addition to the Pi Plates, a new tiny Adafruit breadboard is also available from Newark element14, which makes it easy to create prototypes using the Pi. Adafruit is an online electronics educator/e-tailer and Newark element14 is their premier Raspberry Pi partner. As such, the company offers a wide selection of Adafruit Raspberry Pi accessories and is said to be the first supplier to receive their new Pi products.
Newark element14, www.element14.com