Last Thursday morning, the latest member of the Raspberry Pi Pico family entered the world. Pico W brings wireless networking to the Pico platform and, at $6, costs just $2 more than its older, network-free sibling.
We still can’t believe not one of you got the very abstract teaser we dropped on Twitter the night before Pico W launched. It’s a cow. Get it?
Anyway, as usual, the Raspberry Pi community produced some brilliant content. From project-upgrading livestreams and unboxing videos, to new products and interviews with the engineers behind the design. Here are just a few that popped up in the days following Pico W’s debut.
This desk plant has a personality thanks to Pico W
Sandeep Mistry, principal software engineer at Arm, teamed Pico W with a Pimoroni Grow Kit and Twilio messaging software to give his desk plant a personality. Yes, really.
Unboxing with Alex Glow
Hackster’s excellent Alex Glow blessed us with a bumper 20-minute unboxing video. She deep-dived into what makes Pico W new and special, and showed us around some of the documentation and products already out there to support users of our new board.
Alex is a boss in the makerspace and infamous shoulder-wearer of her robotic owl familiar. Follow her on Twitter for more wonderfulness.
Live-streamed project upgrade
Kevin McAleer took the weekend after the launch to livestream the upgrade of their Burgerbot. With a Pico W inside, Burgerbot can now be controlled from his phone.
Brand new compatible products
Our lovely friends at Pimoroni have already launched a brand new range of ‘Pico W Aboard’ products to help you make almost anything.
Inventor 2040 W (above right) is a Pico W-ready all-in-one board for making battery powered contraptions that can move, make noise, and talk to the internet. You can buy that right now for £34.50 with same-day shipping.
But we are most eagerly awaiting the Galactic Unicorn (above left) which features oodles of densely packed programmable LEDs to help your project reach peak unicorn. It’s not quite ready for sale yet so keep an eye on the product page.
How to get Pico W working
You can always rely on Don from Novaspirit Tech to provide an easy-to-watch comprehensive deep dive. And this look at our newest baby is no exception. Don walks you through how to get Pico’s wireless capability working as soon as you receive your new board.
Update: Our own Alasdair Allan has posted a walkthrough on how to run a webserver on Raspberry Pi Pico W.
Pico W can fly!
And our very own Toby sent the newest member of the Pico family on its first flight this morning.
You absolutely must follow our Toby on Twitter. He’s the newest member of our team and has already made some brilliant Raspberry Pi-based things. He is also the genius behind our collection of Pico lightsabers, including Eben’s purple one. What’s not to like?
Too many mentions to mention!
This list is already long, but we hate to miss out content our community has spent the time to create. Here are a few extra bits and pieces you might like. Please do mention in the comments if you or a creator you follow have made something you think everyone should take a look at.
- IoT podcast – Internet of Things with Stacey Higginbotham
- Meet the engineers behind Raspberry Pi Pico W
The MagPi issue #119
- The new Raspberry Pi Pico W is just $6
Jeff Geerling on YouTube
- The Raspberry Pi Pico W (wireless), Pico H (Headers) and Pico WH
- MongoDB, the Internet of Things, and connecting a Raspberry Pi Pico W
John Page on Medium