March 1, 2013 AT 7:19 pm

NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit IoT Pi Printer Project Pack – Includes Raspberry Pi

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NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit IoT Pi Printer Project Pack – Includes Raspberry Pi. Think this would be fun to build? Sign up to get notified when we have these kits in stock! Build an “Internet of Things” connected mini printer that will do your bidding! This is a fun weekend project that comes with a beautiful laser cut case. Once assembled, the little printer connects wirelessly to get Internet data for printing onto 2 1/4″ wide receipt paper. Based on a Raspberry Pi computer, this is a powerful mini Linux machine. We have example python code for a few different printouts including a daily weather forecast report, sudoku puzzles, image printer and a tweeter printer that connects Twitter’s search API and retrieve and print tweets according to your requests: you can have it print out tweets from a person, a hashtag, mentioning a word, etc! All the code is open source so its easy to adapt and write your own custom printer software

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The project is based on Raspberry Pi, and while its not a very complex project soldering-wise it does require some soldering and assembly work. It is also recommended that the user has some Linux experience or help: we have a lot of tutorials to help you through the process but we don’t have any specific Linux tutorials so knowing how to move around directories, ssh, and create and save text files is a good idea!

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6 Comments

  1. If I have my own Pi, should I just get the arduino version and add on the wifi adapter?

  2. Adam: the case size, mounting holes and power supply are different enough that the two aren’t compatible. We’ll likely be offering a Pi-less kit in the future.

  3. This is interesting, I want to make it generate 1 use codes that guests in our waiting room will then enter on the WiFi captive portal page before accessing the Internet. This way we can verify the person is actually in our lobby. Better yet, when they press the button I want it to save a picture from a nearby security camera as it prints out the code. Then I’ll have some idea if the mattress store next door is really so bold as to come in and pretend to be a customer, just to steal our WiFi.

    BTW, this resistor captcha is the best thing I have ever seen!

  4. Darren Griffin

    Just completed my Arduino powered IoT printer build but it’s limited by the Arduino. Will you be making the case design files available for the Raspberry Pi version? Already have all the case hardware from the Arduino version and have a cobbler and Raspi so apart from the case I’m good to go.

    The end goal is to build a portable thermal receipt printer.

  5. Why does everyone keep making airprint pi printer cant they make a mini printer just for the pi

  6. How much power does the Printer and Raspberry Pi draw together? Would a 5V 3A power supply work?

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