At the recent Southwest Show, RISCOSbits‘ Andy Marks was showing off an early version of an in-development product, called Wispy – and Bryan Hogan has managed to get his hands on a pre-release sample, which he will be presenting to the RISC OS User Group of London on the evening of Monday, 20th March, 2017, when the group next meets.
…with the Absolute ZeRO!
What do you get if you take one Raspberry Pi Zero, add an expansion board to provide an ethernet socket and two standard USB ports, and throw in a 16GB microSD card with a fully licensed RISC OS ready to run?
The answer is the Absolute ZeRO – the latest product from RISCOSbits.
Limited to one per customer until further notice, the Absolute ZeRO costs £42.99 plus P&P (or £32.99 plus P&P without the RISC OS card – but who in their right mind would want that?) and provides a very small, yet very capable RISC OS system in a neat and compact form.
Er, that’s ‘pi ess ess dee’ – and note the ‘a’ before it!
Deserving of more than a news nybble, which unfortunately is all I can do at the moment, the PiSSD is a Raspberry Pi in a rather nice 11.8cm x 11.8cm x 5.5cm case, with a 128GB mSATA SSD installed and filecore formatted, and including a standard RISC OS disc image. It can be supplied with or without a Raspberry Pi, and will cost £199 with one (a 2B while stocks last, after which it will be a 3B), or £169 without – in which case you fit your own.
It turns out that the sneak peak picture published yesterday on the RISCOSbits Twitter account was, in fact, not the PiPOD that I speculated it might be. Another picture has been posted, with the text “Another sneak preview of that
#pi related #neverbeforeseen thing for the @rougol @RISCOS_London show. It is NOT the #PiPOD, Sherlock!”
This second picture shows the edge of a case with a number of ports visible, so perhaps the mystery new product is a case for a Raspberry Pi, or a complete system with a Pi at its heart. Either way, I say
we nuke the site from orbit you come along to the show tomorrow – it’s the only way to be sure!
Labelled as ‘Coming Soon?’ on the RISCOSbits website is a product called GeminX – the page for which sports a large image showing a RISC OS desktop, with a window open featuring what appears to be Windows 10. Given that no current RISC OS solution would be capable of emulating a system fast enough to sensibly run Windows 10, it’s very likely this is either neatly packaged (as in easy for the average user) software involving VNC, or perhaps a hybrid hardware/software solution.
Either way, further down the page the words “Preview at the RISC OS London Show” can be seen – so perhaps a good profit could be made on the Soft Rock Software/RISCOSitory stand selling baseball bats.
Andy Marks has posted a sneak peak picture to the RISCOSBits Twitter account, along with the hashtag #neverbeforeseen – but what the picture clearly shows is the box that the humble Raspberry Pi is usually supplied in, which is something that just about everyone interested in these things has seen. The picture, he says, is only a clue, and this is something else for the London Show on Saturday. So what gives?
The answer is probably a hitherto unannounced product called the PiPOD – a means to allow the Raspberry Pi to be mounted in a podule slot in either a RiscPC or A7000, with both the old and new systems able to be run simultaneously, with one running in a window on the other – presumably using VNC.
Just don’t mention the acronym in polite company, mkay?
A newly registered domain and associated website has popped up, apparently through which its owner – Andy Marks – intends to sell of his collection of Acorn and RISC OS Spares and Extras. (I did say not to mention the acronym in polite company, didn’t I? Oh, yes, I did.)