Welcome to ProtoBoards

We make innovative and affordable add-on boards for the Raspberry Pi
We started with a Blog, covering Raspberry Pi Tutorials, Reviews, Features and more: Average Man Vs Raspberry Pi
Our first board was our Kickstarter-backed ProtoCam Kit.

The ProtoZero is a prototyping board for the Raspberry Pi Zero, that also fits the A+, B+ and Pi2. It was funded via a Kickstarter campaign.



The ProtoZero is a breadboard-style prototyping board for the new Raspberry Pi Zero (and the first ever Pi Zero based Kickstarter campaign).

It's designed to make it easy to move your messy Raspberry Pi breadboard projects to a PCB.

Simply add your components to the prototyping area, connect GPIO, power and GND as required - solder it all up and away you go!


- Full breakout of the PiZero's 40-Pin GPIO header, ready to connect to your project

- 154 holes of prototyping area - set in lanes of 3+ to make it even easier to connect your components to the Pi

- Labelled GPIO numbers and printed lanes on both sides on the board

- High-quality ENIG (Electroless nickel immersion gold) PCB plating

- Female GPIO header included



A simple 7-LED board

A temperature monitor with bar graph display

A 4-character 7-segment display

Solder your parts at the rear of the board for a tidy project!

Also keep an eye on our blog!


The ProtoZero will be available soon at:



The only assembly involved is the soldering of the GPIO header.

Make sure the header is fitted in to the PCB with the main 'PROTOZERO' text on the underside like the image below:


You should then solder the header from the top face of the PCB, ensuring the header is fitted to the outer GPIO section:

ProtoZero

The ProtoPal is an affordable Model A+ and B+ Raspberry Pi prototyping board


The ProtoPal is an A+ sized prototyping board for the latest models of the Raspberry Pi.

The focus of the design was to fit as much prototyping space on the board as possible, and boasts no less than 288 prototyping holes.

The prototyping space is laid out 'breadboard style' - in lanes of connected holes making it really easy to add components. In the centre there are two power rails for you to connect to the power of your choice.

The GPIO is fully broken out, alongside additional power rails to help you build your project.

The PCB is made with high quality ENIG (Electroless Nickel Immersion Gold) plating.

The kit comes with the PCB, a GPIO header and support screw.

- Fits the A+ and B+ Raspberry Pi
- Large prototyping area
- GPIO breakout for connecting the Pi to your prototype
- 2 separate power rail lane sections
- Central power rails (to be connected by user)
- 40-pin GPIO header included
- Support screw included
- Same size as the Raspberry Pi A+






ProtoPal A+ProtoPal A+ Face

ProtoPal B+ProtoPal B+ Face
ProtoPal A+ Side


- Solder ANY circuit that will fit!
- Add ICs for breakout
- Weather Stations
- Sensor boards
- LED indication boards
- Displays and segments
- Game controller with buttons
- Motor controllers
- & Much more - it's a blank canvas for your imagination!





Coming soon!

Keep an eye on our blog!


The ProtoPal is available now:


See the product video below for assembly instructions:



ProtoPal

The ProtoCam+ is a Raspberry Pi (B+ / Pi 2) add-on prototyping board with a mounting section for your Raspberry Pi Camera Module

(For the original Model A or B Pi - click here)



Mounting your Raspberry Pi Camera Module inside the ProtoCam+ prototyping board allows you to make new and exciting Pi camera projects. 

The camera is surrounded by a prototyping area set out in ‘breadboard style’ lanes of pads, making it easy to add components such as LEDs, segment displays, resistors, sensors, ICs and much more.

The GPIO is broken out into an identical section for use in your prototypes, along with twin power breakout sections.

The board is the same size as the Raspberry Pi (Model B+/Pi2) making a neat and tidy Camera mount and prototyping solution.

A shorter, firmer custom camera belt is included.This high quality belt holds the fold well, and the shorter length fits well under the board.


- Mounting holes for the Raspberry Pi Camera Module
- Large prototyping area around the camera module mount for adding components
- Shorter, thicker replacement camera belt
- Extra-tall 40-pin header - allows space for the included shorter camera belt
- GPIO break-out section for connecting the Pi to your prototype
- 2x power rail lane section for creating additional power connection pads (1x 3.3V, 1x 5V)
- Support hole and screw for stability
- Same size as the Raspberry Pi (Model B+/Pi2)










You can build whatever your imagination can come up with!

The lanes of prototyping pads makes it easy to connect parts to the board, and the GPIO section means you can easily use your Pi's input/outputs. Here's a few ideas:

- Build your own custom flash using ultra-bright LEDs.
- Add segment displays as a countdown for pictures
- Add sensors to the board to trigger the camera. Motion sensors, temperature sensors, sound, light, movement - your imagination is the limit!
- Add matrix displays to show numbers and text
- Add a mini-LCD display to show camera information
- Use with a tripod for stills or time-lapse photography
- Mount to a robot with L-brackets



Simple LED and button camera project


The ProtoCam+ will soon be available now at the following retailers:

Assembling the ProtoCam+ is very simple and should take you no more than 20 minutes.

IMPORTANT: The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is sensitive to static - please take necessary precautions such as an anti-static wrist band.

First, solder the GPIO header to the PCB. Push the header through the rear of the board and solder two opposing corners first - this allows you to check the fit and heat up the joint to adjust if necessary:





Now solder the rest of the pins in place. The two soldered corners will hold the header in place for you:


Next, remove your old Camera Module belt and fit the shorter one included with the ProtoCam+ kit.

**NOTE** Be gentle with the belt clips on both your Camera Module and Raspberry Pi! They do not fully remove, so simply loosen them off and fit the new belt, making note of which way round the connections are:


Next, attach your Camera Module to the board using the 4x M2x8 screws provided. Start with loosely fitting a screw in one corner:




Then fit another screw, loosely, in the opposite corner:



Then fit the other screws and evenly tighten them up.

**NOTE** Make sure the Camera Module doesn't bend. Don't tighten the screws up too much or you risk breaking your Camera Module:




Next we need to fit the other side of the camera belt to the Pi. We always remember "metal to metal" - the metal pins on the belt should face the metal HDMI connector:



Now attach the single M2.5x18 screw to the lower hole, to add support for the board:



Now you'll need to fold the belt to fit it between the Pi and ProtoCam+ - the kit comes with a thicker belt that makes this a lot easier:


Lastly, simply push the GPIO connector on to the Pi's GPIO pins:



Done!

ProtoCam+

The ProtoCam is a Raspberry Pi Model A/B add-on prototyping board with a mounting section for your Raspberry Pi Camera Module

(For the B+ and A+ Pi - click here)


Mounting the Camera Module inside the ProtoCam prototyping board allows you to include the Camera Module in new and exciting prototyping projects. 

The camera is surrounded by a large prototyping area set out in ‘breadboard style’ lanes of pads, making it easy to add components such as LEDs, segment displays, resistors, sensors, ICs and much more.

The GPIO is broken out into an identical section for use in your prototypes, along with a power rail section and corner mounting options for the included support screw.

The board is the same size as the Raspberry Pi (Model A,B) making a neat and tidy Camera mount and prototyping solution.

A shorter, firmer custom camera belt is included.This high quality belt holds the fold well, and the shorter length fits well under the board.


- Mounting holes for the Raspberry Pi Camera Module
- Large prototyping area around the camera module mount for adding components
- Shorter, thicker replacement camera belt
- Extra-tall 26-pin header - allows space for the included shorter camera belt
- GPIO mirrored break-out section for connecting the Pi to your prototype
- 4x power rail lane section for creating additional power connection pads
- 3x support hole mounting options for use with included M2.5 screw
- Same size as the Raspberry Pi (Model A,B)




You can build whatever your imagination can come up with!

The lanes of prototyping pads makes it easy to connect parts to the board, and the GPIO section means you can easily use your Pi's input/outputs. Here's a few ideas:

- Build your own custom flash using ultra-bright LEDs.
- Add segment displays as a countdown for pictures
- Add sensors to the board to trigger the camera. Motion sensors, temperature sensors, sound, light, movement - your imagination is the limit!
- Add matrix displays to show numbers and text
- Add a mini-LCD display to show camera information
- Use with a tripod for stills or time-lapse photography
- Mount to a robot with L-brackets



TimeLapse Camera + 8x2 Display + Buttons
"Selfie Cam" - Seven-Segment Display + Flash + Button

Raspberry Pi Robot + ProtoCam Front Mount


The ProtoCam is available now at the following retailers:


Assembling the ProtoCam is very simple and should take you no more than 20 minutes.

IMPORTANT: The Raspberry Pi Camera Module is sensitive to static - please take necessary precautions such as an anti-static wrist band.

First, solder the GPIO header to the PCB. Push the header through the rear of the board and solder two opposing corners first - this allows you to check the fit and heat up the joint to adjust if necessary:


Now solder the rest of the pins in place. The two soldered corners will hold the header in place for you:


Next, remove your old Camera Module belt and fit the shorter one included with the ProtoCam kit.

**NOTE** Be gentle with the belt clips on both your Camera Module and Raspberry Pi! They do not fully remove, so simply loosen them off and fit the new belt, making note of which way round the connections are:


Next, attach your Camera Module to the board using the 4x M2x8 screws provided. Start with loosely fitting a screw in one corner:



Then fit another screw, loosely, in the opposite corner:


Then fit the other screws and evenly tighten then up:


**NOTE** Make sure the Camera Module doesn't bend. Don't tighten the screws up too much or you risk breaking your Camera Module.

Next we need to fit the other side of the camera belt to the Pi. We always remember "metal to metal" - the metal pins on the belt should face the metal HDMI connector:


Now you'll need to fold the belt to fit it between the Pi and ProtoCam - the kit comes with a thicker belt that makes this a lot easier:





Now attach the single M2.5x18 screw to the corner that needs the most support in your design:



Done!


If you prefer to plan your projects on paper, here is a downloadable PDF template you can print to help you:


ProtoCam