Upgrade a RiscPC to full HD graphics, HDMI out, USB and RISC OS 5 from £10!PiPOD is a custom hardware design that allows a Raspberry Pi to be mounted in a podule slot in a RiscPC and A7000 and operate the two systems simultaneously - running RISC OS in a window within RISC OS.PiPOD is also an excellent way of dipping your feet into the 32bit RISC OS world without losing compatibility with older 26bit software.PiPOD comes in a variety of models, from the bare metal podule plate alone, to a fully working pre-configured system that you can slot in and go. RISCOSbits can even create a custom option just for you.If you’re worried about moving from your ageing Acorn machine to a more modern option, then this is the solution for you - it’s simply the best of both RISC OS worlds in one machine.System Requirements•Networked RISC OS machine with spare Podule slots (backplane not required)•HDMI monitor (or HDMI-VGA adaptor) for full HD graphics•USB capable mouse and keyboard for set up•Ethernet connection 10/100 (100Mbps NIC preferred but not essential) from your host machine•Access to a spare ethernet port on the same network as the host machine.
PiPOD AdaptThis kit comprises the bare metal plate, plus all the adaptors, cables and screws you need to install the PiPOD in your podule slot:Pi PlateHDMI adaptorsPodule mounting screwsPi mounting screwsMolex to Pi internal power cableComes with access to downloadable inter-connection software.£30 plus £4.50 p&p
PiPOD BasicThe very basic PiPOD kit - his merely consists of a bare metal plate on which to mount your own Raspberry Pi. Supply your own adaptors, cables and screws.This option is not recommended, but some people like tinkering!Comes with access to downloadable inter-connection software.£10 plus £4.50 p&p
PiPOD UltraEverything in one simple kit! All pre-built for you! Just slot in to your Acorn machine, connect it up and away you go:Pi PlateHDMI adaptorsPodule mounting screwsPi mounting screwsMolex to Pi internal power cableRaspberry Pi 2 or 3 (depending on availability)Pre-configured licensed RISC OS 16GB MicroSD card with software for inter-connection.£60 plus £4.50 p&p
PiPOD LinuxA customised Raspbian version of any of the above - allows your Acorn machine (or Iyonix) to run Linux in a window within RISC OS.This is an add on 16GB MicroSD card for any of the other PiPOD options, preconfigured to allow RISC OS operation of Raspbian. Great for browsing those sites that Netsurf can’t quite handle (like this one!). This option can also run wirelessly without the need for an ethernet port connection from the Pi.£10 plus £2 p&p
PiPODs are created using publicly-available free software combined with licensed software, and bespoke hardware.
Future DevelopmentsFuture hardware compatibility - should the form factor of the Raspberry Pi change, RISCOSbits will endeavor to develop an upgraded podule plate to accommodate this.Updated software - some elements of the PiPOD interconnectivity software are dormant, whilst some are actively being developed by authors/maintainers. RISCOSbits will offer RISC OS-sized financial donations to those authors, without expectation, to encourage them to further develop and optimise the software, including RISC OS Open license fees.User involvement - As PiPOD, like GeminX is altruistic in nature, users (especially those with coding ability!) are encouraged to help develop the software further. RISCOSbits will provide opportunities and resources to enable this. Contact RISCOSbits if you wish to be involved.Additional Information about PiPODLike GeminX, PiPOD is not intended as a profit-making scheme. Apart from the bespoke metal podule plate, all the software and hardware is available elsewhere. RISCOSbits has spent a considerable amount of time adjusting the configuration of the software to ensure the best interoperability currently available. RISCOSbits is just taking the effort out of getting it up and running, but recognise that some people enjoy the challenge, so the bare metal option is there to accommodate this.Any excess monies generated will be channelled and donated to continue the development of the software used, and increase its efficacy and operation, especially where software is dormant.