Kmort wrote:I am looking for someone to help point me in the right direction for starting a project... I bought a Pi zero w, because it was cheap and right in front of me; not really sure if that was the right model for me... In the end, I want to hook a bunch of sensors up to it to collect data in and around a bee hive. I am pretty sure that this idea has surfaced a ton before, but cant seem to find a well documented project of someone that has made it happen. I'm really new to Raspberry Pi projects; sorry for asking such a basic question! Thanks in advance for any help!
It may be harder to use a zero W for this than a Pi with built in GPIO header and USB ports but all of the zero's shortcomings can be worked around.
Main issues with the Pi zero format for someone who is new to the Pi:
only 1 USB port (micro sized) - harder to plug in keyboard and mouse.
Workarounds: Bluetooth keyboard and mouse or
USB hub or
connect by network.
No GPIO pins: making it harder to prototype, it is possible to solder wires to the pins you need to use but if you are unfamiliar with using a pi you probably want to move things around, which is much less convenient.
Workarounds: solder on a 40 pin header or
(Easy) add a hammer header or
(Hard) solder on a 40 pin ribbon cable.
Often the simplest solution is to use a Pi with more features for the prototyping and then move the finished design to the Pi zero W.
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