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The Raspberry Pi Zero is a cut-down version of the classic Raspberry Pi, which eschews more desktop-focused components such as USB interfaces, sound output etc. It is more focused on the embedded/headless market where such luxuries are not required.

One of the most exciting things about the Zero is that it has a low profile, and minimal battery usage, making it very attractive for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. One of the things that hold would-be hackers and tinkerers up is the lack of decent waterproof enclosures and connectivity all in one simple (and cheap!) package, meaning that some turn to 3D printing or hacking plastic boxes up!

This package from RAK aims to solve this by providing an IP30 rated enclosure and LoRaWAN communication through a dedicated “hat”. This is particularly interesting to developers and hackers as this means that connectivity with The Things Network and ChirpStack are effortless.

Why is that so important? Those networks are essentially ready to accept data from your applications and provide you with an interface for viewing this information. This reduces the time it takes to have something in your head through to having it available to others.

So grab yourself a gateway kit and get started! Let me know in the comments if you build something using it. I would be thrilled to hear about it!

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