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This article was published on September 8, 2015

    Official 7″ Raspberry Pi touchscreen display now available to buy for $60

    Official 7″ Raspberry Pi touchscreen display now available to buy for $60
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    The official Raspberry Pi 7-inch touchscreen display is now available to buy for $60 (£48), following nearly two years of work to bring it to market, the organization says.

    The 800 x 480 pixel display allows Pi owners to create integrated all-in-one projects (and products) that require touchscreen input. To get it up and running, you need to connect the screen to a Pi’s GPIO port and plug the attached ribbon into the DSI port.

    The organization says that touchscreen drivers for 10-finger support and an on-screen keyboard will be added to the newest Raspbian OS, thereby allowing for full operation without connecting up a keyboard or mouse.

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    While it wasn’t exactly hard to plug the Pi into an external monitor, it didn’t really allow for the development of integrated products. With the new $60 official display, you can get straight to work on your own Internet of Things devices and interfaces.

    It’s available to buy from the Raspberry Pi Swag Store, RS Components, Allied Electronics and Premier Farnell today, while other stores will get stock later this week.

    The eagerly awaited Raspberry Pi display [Raspberry Pi via Engadget]