This Is the First Official Raspberry Pi Touchscreen, Yours For $60

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People have been plugging Raspberry Pi boards into all kinds of displays for years, but now there’s an official—and portable—option: a 7-inch capacitive touch screen that will set you back just $60.

The new screen, which has been development at the Raspberry Pi Foundation for almost a year, provides 800 x 480 pixels spanning its 7-inches. It refreshes at 60 frames per second, has a viewing angle of 70 degrees, and supports up to 10-finger touch. It also features mounting points on the rear so that a Pi can be attached directly to the screen.

Attaching it to your Raspberry Pi isn’t quite as straightforward as plugging in an HDMI cable, though: you’ll need to supply power, either from the Pi’s GPIO port or from a separate microUSB lead, and string it up to the Pi’s DSI port using the supplied ribbon cable. All part of the fun, yeah?

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The screen is available now from Newark for $60.

[Raspberry Pi via Engadget]

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I’m a noob who has no experience beyond building Window’s computers. I haven’t worked at OS/coding levels in 20 years.

The people behind Steven Hawking’s speach computer released the software a month or so back. I’ve been trying to design a ACAT system for my grandmother who was paralized by a stroke about 5 years back. She is still cheerful, intellegent and as happy as a 100 year old woman can be but she can’t speak clearly appart from a few swear words, when she gets frustrated, words turn into numbers.

So basically, my question is will Windows, any flavor, run on a Pi? The ACAT software is great but has only been released for windows. I have an old laptop I’m planing on using but this screen w/ a Pi would be far smaller and easier to integrate into a small box.