Vikas Shukla has created a new Raspberry Pi Zero W USB hub and UART called HubSerialixed, specifically designed for the affordable pocket PC which allows you to add a 3 port USB Hub and a UART to your Pi Zero, without the need of any 40 pin connector or cable. Watch the video below to learn more about this great little addition to the range of add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi Zero W which keeps all the GPIO pins available for your projects.
PiSerialixed is a UART to USB board that seamlessly connects to RPi allowing you to see the console messages and the login through the console to control the Raspberry Pi 3. This avoids the need to use an HDMI TV and Keyboard. HubSerialixed is an extension of our earlier highly successful product – Hubpixed. Hubserialixed has 3 USB Hub Ports – which are same as the ones in Hubpixed. We knocked off the 4th USB Port and added a USB to UART chip, that provides the ability to connect any UART device on that port.
This UART device could be anything you can think of – including a thermal sensor, ADC, Relay control, RF Module etc. Since this UART port works off the USB, you are not concerned about the inbuilt UART ports available on the 40 Pin Connector. In fact, none of the Pins of the 40 Pin connector are required to be used. We have kept the 40 Pin Connector area vacant – so that these pins are still available to be used if you wish to.
HubSerialixed is now available to back via Kickstarter with early bird pledges starting from and delivery expected to take place during December 2017. For full specifications and more information jump over to the official Kickstarter campaign page via the link below. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.