Lack of responses. It ask my question in a certain way !
In other word, what would be your first choice : A Piface or an Adafruit BreadBoard with Pi Cobbler Breakout Kit for Raspberry Pi ?
It sounds like you're looking for tutorials and ideas for what to do. Once you have these, then purchase the bits you need. The Piface provides connectivity to the outside world so it will be useful for many exercises. I've not heard of Pi Cobbler Breakout but it sounds like it serves a similar purpose.
There is an online magazine (Magpi) that has tutorials and ideas, so it would be worth going through that first to select something that interests you.
All i did was some sort of basic and stupid code making light goes on and off on the piface board but that's all
That's all the purpose of the piface it - it provides connectivity. It is then up to you, and ancillary hardware, and any software skills, to go further.
For example, the point of turning a light on/off is that it signifies you could turn on/off other things if you wished, and control them via (say) the Internet from another part of the world, since the R-Pi has a network connection. That's an idea, but requires reading up to see how to implement it.
Thanks a lot shabaz, i will look further more about the magpi and get some attention about your precious advice,
Let me press you a bit more and reiterate that we all would love to help, but can best do so if you give us more information on what you want to do with the Pi. I take it your are comfortable with programming, but am I too presumpsuous to assume you are less comfortable with interfacing hardware with the Pi?
- Do you want to learn about motor control?
- Proximity sensors?
- Temperature and Barametric preasure?
- Or everything? :-D I know that is what I want to learn... anyway, I am glad you found all of our links helpful, but we can really give you more aid with a bit more information from you.
Please let us know and then we can really give your more refined suggestions.
Well, since no one else has tried to answer you question I will give it a go.
I took too long to write this so I am not the first to respond
I think it is important to first situate the target audience for the PiFace and the breakout board (Cobbler). If you want to interface directly to the GPIO then you want the Cobbler, but this is not entirely a good option for new programmers or new hardware tinkerers who want to play with basic sensors and motors. I am not suggesting that the PiFace is only for kids, but it is important to see the PiFace as a demonstration board of possibilities as much as it is something you could use for a project.
Perhaps if you give us an idea regarding what you want to make or what you want to learn with the Pi the forum members could better assist you. Are there particular electronic components you want to use in a project? Do you
This is one site to check out, but I haven't used my PiFace all that much:
Also, check out Gordon's site, he has some PiFace stuff as well as WiringPi:
Hope this helps a bit!
You are perfectly right about what you said, David. In fact, yes i want to learn the basic of interacting with something outside. As you say, i have to get to learn some basic points before using my piface with something outside.
I'm a beginners in all the electronic aspects of these device, but i'm a programmer since many years. So as important is the programming knowledge i have to invest myself in the electronic side of the Piface.
I want to thank you for the excellents links you gave to me, and for all your advices.
Check out the PiFace google docs:
You might also find these blog posts I wrote interesting:
What an excellent link you shared ! Wow ! It is more thn interesting and in some words it cover a lot about the piface.
Thanks a lot, i appreciate it !
Gough has very interesting stuff on his site.
He has a very good warning about cheap USB memory sticks that everyone should read.
Maybe the E14 AUS people should be contacting him for some articles, and more product writeups.
I will check out these links of yours that you shared with me as well as to everybody's reading this thread.
It look very very interesting just seeing these links you proposed.
Thanks a lot for your help Drew, and i'll get back as soon as i'll explored them.
I think that my reactions were inapropriate about the real value of the Piface vs all these Adafruit components that i bought that i didn't receive after a waiting time of more than two weeks.
You all are FANTASTIC! What a brilliant Community! Thanks for the quick responses, great links, helpfulness and patience provided by all.
I recently buy a Piface to begin learinng how to use an electronic device connected to my raspberry pi device.
But as far as i began to search samples, or any kind of projects, python or c code using piface, everything i saw was more related to adafruit products than piface. Even my Piface needed a board made by adafruit to be completely useful.
So i begin to have some doubt about the value of Piface in terme of versality making it working in any realistic projects, like i used to see with the use of some adafruit and some othe companies products.
I bought electronic devices from adafruit some days ago, but it is kind of frustrating to have something unuseful as this piface i have now. All i did was some sort of basic and stupid code making light goes on and off on the piface board but that's all.
Am i wrong, ami i missing internet websites made of projects related with a piface ? If i'm wrong where's the best website to go to have more about this piface.
Thanks in any ways !
Sorry about my bad english writing !