Circuit Specialists just received a few of the brand new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B‘s! They are a new version of the venerable Raspberry Pi line. New to the Pi3 is onboard WiFi and Bluetooth as well as a faster 1.2GHz 64 Bit CPU. Even though there is not a 64 Bit version of Raspbian at this time, the 300 MHz faster CPU speed is a nice plus.
I quickly confirmed that the case I had printed on our Robox RBX1 3D printer fit like a glove and I couldn’t resist the urge to try the OSMC MicroSD card I had created for my earlier PI2 blog post would work on the Pi3. Low and behold, it booted right up and I was quickly watching YouTube videos with great results.
It was nice to not need the USB WiFi card and the OSMC setup. I plan on trying out a bluetooth mouse and keyboard to see how well they work. There are also a few Android apps that offer remote control options. I chose Yatse Remote from the Google Play store and I was able to get it up and running with no problems by following their handy video setup tutorial. I was then able to control the OSMC application on the Pi3 without the need for a seperate keyboard or mouse.
With the Pi3 being fully compatible with the multitude of programs out there it appears that the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is a fantastic little single board computer.
With the built in WiFi and Bluetooth I am also planning on moving to the Pi3 for both the home weather station application as well as the ADS-B aircraft receiver application that I currently run on the Banana Pi M2 platform.