Microsoft Launches $75 Windows 10 IoT Kit for Raspberry Pi 2
Microsoft has partnered with electronic firm Adafruit Industries to release the Windows 10 IoT Core Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi 2, which will provide users with everything they need to get started with IoT development.
“We’re proud to announce that we are partnering with Adafruit to release a new Starter Kit designed to get you started quickly and easily on your path of learning either electronics or Windows 10 IoT Core and the Raspberry Pi 2,” wrote Steve Teixeira, director of programme management for the Internet of Things team in Microsoft’s Operating Systems Group, on the Building Apps for Windows blog.
“By building this into IoT Core you can get these highly valuable security features without needing to build your own implementations, meaning you can get your project done faster and still be more secure.”
The kit is available to order from Adafruit’s website, and comes either with or without a Raspberry Pi included.
The $75 kit comes complete with an SD card preloaded with Windows 10 IoT Core, a Raspberry Pi 2 case, full size 40-pin breadboard, miniature WiFi module, BMP280 environmental sensor, RGB colour sensor, eight channel 10-Bit ADC with SPI interface, and a whole host of different resistors and LEDs.
Those who also need a Raspberry Pi 2 can pick up a $114.95 with one included.
Below is a full list of the included components:
- 8GB class 10 SD/MicroSD Memory Card w/ Windows 10 IOT Core
- Adafruit Raspberry Pi B+ Case
- Full Size Breadboard
- Premium Male/Male Jumper Wires
- Premium Female/Male ‘Extension’ Jumper Wires
- Miniature WiFi Module
- 5V 2A Switching Power Supply
- Assembled Adafruit BMP280 Temperature & Humidity sensor
- Assembled TCS34725 RGB Color Sensor
- MCP3008 – 8 Channel 10-Bit ADC With SPI Interface
- 1x Photo Cell
- 2x Breadboard Trim Potentiometer
- 5x 10K 5% 1/4W Resistor
- 5x 560 ohm 5% 1/4W Resistor
- 1x Diffused 10mm Blue LED
- 1x Electrolytic Capacitor – 1.0uF
- 1x Diffused 10mm Red LED
- 1x Diffused 10mm Green LED
- 3x 12mm Tactile Switches
Microsoft is also planning an upcoming Windows Insider release of Windows 10 IoT Core, which will feature security improvements and expanded development choices, as well as changes introduced in response to user feedback.