One of the hardest things about Raspberry Pi and Arduino is figuring out where to stick all the pieces. While both of these systems work well alone – you can have a lot of fun with just a board and an Internet connection – it’s also fun to add little things like printers and screens to make fun projects. That’s where the Atomo comes in.
This modular kit comes from Jonathan Buford, a Hong Kong-based maker, and it’s certified by Arrow Electronics, a major manufacturer.
“Atomo is a replacement for Arduino and an accessory for Raspberry Pi,” said Buford. He hopes to make it easier to build more complex projects with Raspberry Pis without requiring extensive electronics know-how.
There are a number modules including I/O boards, network expansion boards, and even power supplies for bigger projects. For example, the project below has four I/O adapters and a power supply all connected to a Raspberry Pi. This means you can do some really interesting things with robotics and even hydroponics with the package the size of a hunk of cheese.
The kit costs $39 for early birds and should ship in June. You’ll be able to buy more packages and mix and match them as necessary.