Our Top Uses For The Raspberry Pi Pico
The Raspberry Pi Pico is a powerful, low cost and easy to use microcontroller which makes it ideal for a wide range of applications. We're going to cover a few of our top uses for the Pico and highlight some additional products designed for use with the Pico.
Learning to code/program
The low cost of the Pico makes it ideal for educational establishments and teaching STEM subjects. When paired with kits like the Kitronik Discovery Kit or the Monk Monks Electronics Kit which contain other components along with instructional guides on talks/lessons complete it makes the experience better for both the teacher and student.
Macro USB Keypad
The Pico can act as a HID (Hardware Interface Device) meaning it can act like a USB input device such as a keyboard. The Pico RGB Keypad Base makes it easy to create your very own macropad. You could create shortcuts to open programs, control volume, skip songs and much much more. The buttons have a soft squishy rubber feel and the PCB underneath has RGB LEDs so you can control the colour of each button.
Connect To Other Sensors & Devices
The real power of microcontrollers like the Pico comes when they're connected with other sensors and devices. The Grove Shield for Pico and Grove Starter Kit make it easy to connect the Raspberry Pi Pico to the hundreds of Seeed products in the Grove ecosystem that use the same connector without soldering or complex wiring.
Creating Your Own Use
The brilliant cost to performance ration of the RP2040 chip and Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller make then ideal for prototyping designed and implimenting into custom uses/designs. Items like the PGA2040 - RP2040 Breakout Board and the Terminal Block Breakout Module Board make it easy to get started prototyping designs that use the Pico or RP2040 chip.