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7in display turns Raspberry Pi into a tablet

09 Sep 2015

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element14 has launched a 7in touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi, enabling users to create all-in-one integrated projects such as turning their Pi into a tablet, infotainment system or embedded project.

Compatible with Raspberry Pi 2, and Raspberry Pi 1 models B+ and A+, the screen can be used to make Internet of Things devices with a visual display. Connect the Raspberry Pi, develop a Python script and create home automation devices with touchscreen capability. A range of educational software and programs available on the Raspberry Pi will be touch-enabled, making learning and programming easier on the Raspberry Pi.


Designed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the 800 × 480 display connects to the Raspberry Pi DSI display connector via an adapter board that handles power and signal conversion. Touchscreen drivers with support for 10-finger touch and an on-screen keyboard will be integrated into the latest Raspbian OS without the need for a physical keyboard or mouse.

The screen dimensions are 194mm x 110mm x 20mm, with a viewable screen size of 155mm x 86mm and screen resolution of 800 x 480.

Get started by downloading and installing the latest version of Raspbian OS and typing "sudo apt-get update" and "sudo apt-get upgrade" to install all of the latest drivers and software to support the touch screen display.

The Raspberry Pi 7in Touchscreen is priced at $60 and is available from element14 and Embest in China and Asia Pacific.

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