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Tingbot adds more uses to your Raspberry Pi

Who doesn’t love the Raspberry Pi? Small, affordable, easy to use, it’s made coding fun for all ages. And this can help make it even more fun.

It’s called Tingbot, and it’s a kit for the Pi. Put it together, and it can fulfill all sorts of uses. The screen comes in especially handy. Plus it’s a lot more attractive than the Pi’s bare bones circuit board appearance.

You can do a lot with Tingbot. You can design graphics, draw, connect to data feeds and even make your own apps. The touchscreen can double as a pad for drawing, and you can assign the buttons on the top different functions. It can be a retro games emulator, MIDI effects controller, surf cam when linked to a GoPro, real-time bus timetable, a hub for your smart home and more.

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If you don’t fancy making your own apps, you can download other people’s through Marina, an online community that lets people share their creations. You make apps in an open-source program called Tide using a programming language for beginners called Python.

Tingbot comes in a range of colours: blue, white, yellow, navy, orange, or grey. It’s on its way to hitting its £40,000 funding goal, and has 29 days to go. If successful, it will ship in May 2016. You can pick one up by pledging £50 or more.

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