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Give some love to your forsaken Raspberry Pi with Tingbot

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Lily

Creative Technologist, maker, writer, geek. @Lily_2point0
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On Kickstarter at the moment, you will find Tingbot. Tingbot is a neatly designed little box, with a touchscreen and buttons, that will be the new home for your unused Raspberry Pi.

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For around £50, you get a custom shield for your microcontroller, with the touchscreen and buttons. You can choose between 6 different colours of cases, and customise the colour of your buttons, too.

We wanted to make something that made our Pis easy to use and fun to tinker with, whilst looking cool enough to sit pride and place on our desks or in our homes.

 

Tingbot is a project from NORD collective and was born after they had built Ting.it, a social platform that allows you to create your own reaction GIFs. Tingbot was originally a way to have a dedicated device for the online platform and share it with friends and family, like a more playful digital photo frame.

It didn’t take us long to realise the platform we were building could be used for all sorts of exciting projects.

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It soon became apparent that Tingbot could bring more to the table and be used to build games, or apps, and even be enhanced with extra peripherals. Tide, the IDE that comes with Tingbot, makes it easier to get started with the Raspberry Pi and focus on digital creativity.

Tide-UI

NORD have also launched their own “Tingbot appstore”, Ocean, where people who create apps for Tingbot can share them. You could have a bus tracker, a clock, or nyan cat animation up and running in a few clicks.

Tingbot is easy to program, its only limitation being people’s imagination.

NORD have been giving demos of Tingbot in schools throughout the country and at Maker Faires, where they have been really well received.

Our early adopters are broadly ‘makers’ – people with a passion and talent for making and inventing new exciting things.

Their Kickstarter campaign ends soon, and they are still trying to reach a target of £40,000. If successful, Tingbot will ship in May 2016, that’s next year’s Christmas presents sorted!

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Posted 25th Nov 2015
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