Pico Prototyping - Building a "Pico Uno"

Use a Raspberry Pi Pico instead of an Arduino Uno! Build a “Pico Uno” for Pico power with Uno ease of use.

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The Raspberry Pi Pico is a low-cost microcontroller that can run circles around an Arduino Uno. Yet when it comes time to test out a new sensor or library, I inevitably grab a Uno board!

The main reason I rely upon a 12-year-old piece of technology over the newest wonder from Raspberry Pi is simple - the Uno is easy to use. It has female sockets to accept jumper wires, it has a reset key and a power LED, and it can be powered using USB or an external supply.

But it’s really easy to add all of those features to the Pico, so today we are going to do exactly that. In fact, I’ll show you three ways of building a “Pico Uno”:

1 - Super Simple - Female DuPont connectors, put together in less than 5 minutes.

2 - Pico Uno with Reset - A board with Reset and Power LED.

3 - Pico Uno with External Power - All of the above, plus a 2.1mm jack for external power.

To build the last one, we will also have to learn exactly how we use a Pico with external power.

Here is the Table of Contents for today's video:

00:00 - Introduction
01:55 - Pico vs Uno
08:44 - Prototyping Boards
11:45 - Simple Proto Boards
13:59 - Pico Uno with Reset
19:49 - Powering the Pico
24:36 - Pico Uno with External Power
33:49 - Conclusion

Hope you enjoy it, and I hope it shows you how easy it is to prototype with a Raspberry Pi Pico.

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