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Easter Weekend

Happy Easter! Our showroom will be closed Friday, March 25th thru Monday, March 28th. We will be re-opened on Tuesday, March 29th 10:00AM. All orders placed after 4:00PM Thursday, March 24th will ship Tuesday March 29th.

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Raspberry Pi 3

Good news if you have a Raspberry Pi 3 on order with us – we are extremely happy to say that we have a ton of Raspberry Pi 3 in stock and will be shipping out all Pi3 backorders / preorders by Friday! If you haven’t ordered one, there are quite a few still available right here: Raspberry Pi 3!

Initial thoughts on the Pi 3: We have had some time to play around with the new Pi in the shop – while the 3 does not have that same kick in the pants performance jump over the Pi 2 as the Pi 2 did over the B+ when it was first introduced, the added performance is still quite noticeable. Our favorite change by far is the removal of the spring loaded latching microSD slot. This was the number one cause of warranty issues with the Pi 2 so the change to a friction microSD slot (like those found on the Pi Zero) was a welcome sight! The WiFi seems to work well – it is definitely convenient having it on board along with Bluetooth. Overall it another solid improvement on the Pi flagship model – one can only speculate what they will come up with next!

Nanaimo Pi Day 2016

Just a reminder – our showroom is closed tomorrow as we are attending Nanaimo Science and Sustainability Society’s annual Pi Day celebration. We will have a table and demonstrations set up so be sure to drop by if you are in the area – We will have a variety of Raspberry Pi set up to try out as well as stock on hand if you want to pick one up! For more information please check out the NS3 Website!

The New Raspberry Pi 3

Just in time for the Raspberry Pi’s 4th birthday the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi 3!

So what has changed with this already fantastic single board computer? There are 3 major upgrades to the Raspberry Pi 3:

The chipset: The Pi 3 features the next generation Broadcom BCM2837 64-bit ARMv8 quad core processor clocked to 1.2GHz. This is a very notable upgrade over the Pi2 and equates to about 50-60% more performance in 32Bit mode.

Connectivity: The Raspberry Pi 3 now features on board 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE 4.1. That is right – no more USB dongles required! This has been a popular request since the early days of the Pi.

Power: The third upgrade is to the on board power – due to the addition of the new wireless features the 5V supply has been upgraded to handle up to 2.5A compared to the 2A of the previous Pi 2.

The remainder of the Pi 3 spec sheet looks very similar to the Pi 2. As the same form factor and ports have been carried forward, the Pi 3 is compatible with just about all of the accessories out there for the Pi 2.

As always, BC Robotics will be carrying the Raspberry Pi 3 in Canada and we are currently taking pre-orders for this product: Raspberry Pi 3

2nd Annual Pi Day Science Celebration

BC Robotics will be setting up a booth full of Raspberry Pi at NS3’s 2nd Annual Pi Day Science Celebration! Please join us on Saturday, March 5th from 10AM to 2PM for a science celebration at the Departure Bay Elementary School in Nanaimo. The event will have fun hands-on activities put on by a variety of science groups, a giant chain-reaction built by teams from different organizations (starts off at 1PM), a pie walk and more! Admission is by donation – all proceeds support NS3 outreach activities.

For more information check out the NS3 Website!