Start Date: 3/4/13 06:00 PM
End Date: 3/25/13 06:00 PM
Kits Offered: 50
by  jonadair  on Nov 11, 2013
The PiFace digital seems like a fantastic board for beginners to quickly interface the Raspberry Pi into a project. The screw terminals make wiring simple and the use of relays for switching eliminate most concerns about compatibility of voltage levels. It would be a great tool to repurpose an existing device like a RC car or motorized robot. For our application, we were using the relays to switch power to cold-cathode lights for part of our lighting display in the Red Bull Creation 2013. The PiFace digital handled this just fine and the built-in buttons made it easy to test that part of the lighting display without the rest of the system being completed yet. I loved that the PiFace Digital made the wiring trivial and we did not need to deal with a fragile breadboard circuit.
by  tcochran64  on Sep 20, 2013
I was finally able to get back on my 'family calendar' system and use the PiFace as a easy way to provide I/O to my system. Bascially, my project (still a work in process), uses the Raspberry Pi as the small computer that talks to our families Google Calendar. I have a small LCD display that displays the calendar and I was anxious to use the PiFace to provide user I/O to the system. My goal it so have a small, self contained box that contains the display, Raspberry Pi, PiFace, and various buttons and indicators. I don't have a keyboard or mouse attached to provide input, it all comes through the PiFace I/O. So far the PiFace as performed very well. I was able to simply setup the input buttons that control my calendar (switching views and months), as well as provide some indicators...
by  davidbaker100  on Aug 7, 2013
First off, I would like to thank Element 14 for selecting me to road test the PiFace Digital. The PiFace Digital came packaged in a small box that was barely larger than the board itself. Inside was the board in an anti-static bag and a small sheet of paper that had regulatory compliance information on it. In fine print, at the top of one side, it stated the website where the getting started guide was located. In fact, it was so hard to see that I found the website written on the silkscreen before I found it on the paper. When I first signed up for the road test, I was worried that the PiFace Digital would not allow enough room for the heat sink I have attached to my cpu/gpu, so when I first went to attach it to my pi, I was worried. Fortunately though, it left plenty of room in...
by  lexbryan  on Aug 1, 2013
The piFace is perfect. I planned before to build a home automation system but on arduino (before rasp pi was born). considering I don't have hardware background, it was difficult for me to work on arduino and build other components for the project. now that piFace is there, it's easy to create projects w/ it. I used python-django on my server side w/c means I can directly connect to piFace. I made another server that handles http request for my mobile site. why? because pi is really slow and I don't wanna use it's power on processing the UI and stuff. the project is very big for me as a starter on hardware but i made some progress w/ it and it's not difficult to learn.
by  bprewit  on Jul 21, 2013
Overall, the PiFace Digital performed as expected. Following the directions given in the Quick-Start Guide, I was able to install the appropriate driver software in ~10 minutes; after installation of the tightvncserver package, I was able to use the emulator to control the board. I would like to have had complete schematics for the board, although the Quick-Start Guide did provide a reasonably detailed description of the inputs and outputs. The mechanical design of the PiFace Digital was also excellent and included a Bump-On to support the "off-connector" side. In summary, the PiFace Digital is a solid, usable product for both beginning and experienced users.