Pi Zero users that are looking for a Raspberry Pi Zero Wireless Hub that requires no cable connection to the awesome Zero pocket mini PC, may be interested in a new add-on board called the HubPiWi that has been created by Vikas Shukla.
The HubPiWi has been specifically created to provide Raspberry Pi Zero users with a USB 2.0 Hub offering three USB 2.0 Ports together with onboard wireless connectivity in one compact solution.
Watch the video below to learn more about the HubPiWi and how it neatly adds extra connectivity to the Raspberry Pi Zero mini PC which is available to purchase priced at £4 or $5 and is perfect for Internet of Things applications.
The HubPiWi is a USB Hub with integrated Wifi especially designed for the Raspberry Pi Zero. It has 3 USB 2.0 Type A connectors and an on board Wifi Module with a PCB Antenna. The key element of the HubPiWi is that it does not require any cable, connector and connects with Raspberry Pi Zero with Spring connectors. All you will need to do is – to just use the provided 4 screws and your are all set.
HubPiWi opens up a whole new opportunity for IoT applications. It can transmit any data recorded on the Hub Pi with the integrated wifi. You can connect any number of devices to the USB and the data collected could be uploaded to Internet. Since the software is drive by Linux, it is a more secure and low cost option for IoT applications. You can for example hook a thermal , Humidity, Smoke alarm sensors to the USB, collect the data for IoT applications.
You are also not limited to the USB devices – the 40 Pins on the Pi Zero is available for you – that you can leverage. These 40 Pins have General Purpose IO , I2C etc, that can be used to leverage your IoT applications.
Jump over to the Kickstarter crowdfunding website to learn more about the new HubPiWi Pi hub and to make a pledge from just $11 to be able to get your hands on one, as early as next month, with shipping starting during June 2016. If you found this article interesting you might also be interested in this list of awesome Raspberry Pi Zero projects we have put together.