THE RASPBERRY PI FOUNDATION is already in celebratory mood after selling out the first batch of its cover-mount computer, the Pi Zero, in under 48 hours.
The diminutive data delineator has now had a boost from an updated version of its Raspian OS which includes IBM's Node-RED Internet of Things (IoT) app which has arrived in the list of programs tab in the UI.
IBM has been very public spirited when it comes to open sourcing its products, and Node-RED is no exception, offering a straightforward way for back-bedroom boffins to wire up sensors and wires to make their Pi do cool stuff.
Node-RED removes the need for complex coding, offering a graphical interface built on Node.js that creates an easier to follow workflow-based production process, allowing each segment to be saved for reuse and adaptation later.
Preconfigured integrations for Twitter, Sentiment, MongoDB, MySQL, IRC, Mustache Templates and TCP are just some of the 120,000 modular ways that NodeRED can act as a bridge between sensors and sense.
The upshot is an even easier route to creating IoT devices from scratch, even if you're more comfortable with diodes and resistors than you are with coding. As the company website puts it: "Node-RED is a tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services in new and interesting ways."
Other new features in Raspian include MIDI instrument support, and improved video stability when streaming from the stock browser. It's also now easier to add and remove programs.
Pi Zero units are already changing hands on eBay for upwards of £20, despite the fact that when it comes back into stock it will retail at just £4.
Node-RED is also available as a free download for all current distros of Linux, but isn't yet supported by Windows 10 for Raspberry Pi. µ
Hold the front page
Bluesky's the limit
Might need to come up with a better name though
There's an app for *that*