Sean Hodgins has created a new add-on module for the Raspberry Pi Zero mini PC which once connected using easy plug and play support and is a four port USB hub that connects directly to the USB micro connection on the Pi Zero mini PC.
No soldering is required and the useful adapter has taken to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to raise the $5,000 CAD it requires to go into production with pledges available from just $23 CAD for early bird backers.
So you just got your brand new Raspberry Pi Zero and now you want to have a keyboard, mouse, and maybe some Wifi, wouldn’t that be nice? The PiAngle safely powers the Pi zero and at the same time adds 4 USB Type A ports. All without any soldering to the Pi Zero board.
This unique design takes advantage of the Pi Zeros multiple USB B Micro connections. The USB OTG becomes a 4 Port USB Type A, while the power USB receives a solid 5V.
It seems like every week there is a new version of a “Pi Zero USB Hub”. I commend anyone that takes on the challenge. However, they all still require a level of “Hacking” that a lot of the world does not want to do to their new Pi. Especially since they are so hard to come by. Some require soldering to test pads on the bottom of the Pi or taking apart a commercial Hub and Frankenstein them together. None seem to be simply plug and play. I decided to tackle the problem head on, and the PiAngle was my solution.
For more information on the new Raspberry Pi Zero module jump over to the Kickstarter website for details via the link below. If you found this article interesting you might also be interested in this list of awesome Raspberry Pi Zero projects we have put together.