What is the Raspberry Pi Debug Clip?
The debug clip is a USB to Serial converter on a nice and small PCB which just pushes onto the Raspberry Pi's GPIO Header. You can then launch a program on your computer and access the Serial Console on the Raspberry Pi.
What's included in my pledge?
You will receive one Raspberry Pi Debug Clip in a kit form which requires soldering. The soldering required is little so takes around 10 minutes to solder. If you opt for us to solder the kit it will be ready to go.
No USB A to USB B is included as standard. If you do wish to get one please add the amount specified in the pledge to include a cable with each clip.
What can I use the debug clip for?
The debug clip is one of the most handy tools for the Raspberry Pi and is ideal for applications where you have no network connection or monitors attached to the Pi. The clip is also great for use with the Model A & A+ due to the one USB Port.
- Setting up Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Connections.
- Being able to use the Raspberry Pi terminal through your computer without any need of setting up a network beforehand.
- Launching applications on headless Pi's
- Fixing code on your Raspberry Pi project such as a robot.
Why use this over a debug cable?
This handy little clip fixes a couple of the issues commonly found with the cables commonly used by most including:
- Simpler To connect – Unlike the cables you don't need to remember where any pins go, just push onto the GPIO, Plug into USB and you're ready to go.
- Protection! - The final model will also include some extra circuit protection to help keep your Pi & Debug clip from short circuiting.
- Compatible with Other Add-Ons – The clip is designed to be sandwiched between the Pi's GPIO pins and other add-on boards. As long as they don't use serial then it should be compatible. whether they have extended headers or not.
- Activity Lights – Most cables don't provide any way of being able to see any activity between the computer and the Pi. This way you can easily see whether its your computer configured incorrectly or your Raspberry Pi not working.
- Windows tutorials - As well as being simpler to connect and use were going to write a full tutorial to show you how to quickly get running with the clip on Windows.
Windows 8/8.1 Drivers - Many cables don't have Windows 8.1 drivers or require a work-around. This clip uses a IC which has Windows 8.1 Drivers and installs in around 10 minutes.
We've written a full guide on how to install the drivers which will be available on the documentation page. For Windows 7 the drivers install automatically for you.
- Mac & Linux Installer - We've also made a handy Linux and Mac Installer which downloads the software required automatically, detects the port that the debug clip is on and automatically launches it by just running a command from the shell!
What's required to use it?
The clip requires a little bit of simple soldering and a USB B Cable (Normally you get these with most printers).
Once soldered you then just need to install a serial terminal onto your computer and your up and running. We're working on an simple tutorials for Windows. For Mac & Linux you can download a client and connect with no issues.
What are you funding? Why do you need £2,560?
For this project we're funding enough money to order 1000 units to get the best price for you.
The money also has to cover postage and packing costs and Kickstarter fees which take up around 20-25% of the goal with at least £1 of every pledge being postage
What will be different on the production version?
The final version will include extra components to help prevent from short circuiting. It will also be coloured blue and be ENIG (Gold) plated.
Who Are We?
We're Ryanteck LTD., A small UK based company aiming to make electronics more fun and cheaper to do.
We've worked on this as a possible means of being able to program robots in classrooms without any other Pi's, Networks or pre-configuration. Connect a debug clip on the robot to a normal computer and start programming in no time!
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0
Risks and challenges
This is our 4th and biggest fundraiser. We're expecting for it to go smoothly and if there are any delays we will notify you via updates about the issues.
We've analysed the risks and challenges of the project so far, the hardware is going well and we have final prototypes arriving in a couple of weeks. The only change is the type of plating the board will have instead. We don't expect any other delays for the big batch.
The software is pretty much working, drivers are easy to install on Windows 8 and install automatically on Windows 7
The Linux & Mac installer has been tested and works on Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora & OpenSUSE. We've also had it tested on a Mac with it installing fine.
Finally while this project is ran I also am studying a degree through the Open University. The delays from this have been calculated into the estimated delivery date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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