For $5, the Raspberry Pi Zero has been a remarkably capable computer for all your hardware tinkering needs in a bite-sized package – assuming you haven’t needed Bluetooth or WiFi connectivity.
While a number of accessories have been available to provide additional connection options, they greatly sacrificed the small size of the Zero, which was, for many, its biggest selling point. But what if you could have all that connectivity and the same form factor as the Zero?
Well, the Raspberry Pi powers that be have been listening attentively.
The all-new Pi Zero W, priced at just $10, keeps the same form factor as the original Pi Zero, but adds the same 802.11n and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless chip found in its older brother, the Pi 3 Model B.
“(The original Zero) found its way into everything from miniature arcade cabinets to electric skateboards,” says Eben Upton, Raspberry Pi founder in a blog post. “Many of these use cases need wireless connectivity.”
It’s important to note that for many, the applications of the Pi have been limited to the form factor – particularly wearables. With the introduction of the much smaller (and connected) model, expect yet another wave of ingenious DIY products to sweep in. The foundation has already teamed up with a couple of friends to create an official injection-molded case with three interchangeable covers to help usher in new ideas for form factors.
The Pi Zero W is available for $10. Find out more over at Raspberry Pi.