Pico 2G: Expansion board adds cellular and GPS support to the Raspberry Pi Pico
SB Components has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Pico 2G and Pico 4G expansion boards based around the Raspberry Pi Pico. As their names suggest, the Pico 2G and Pico 4G enable cellular connectivity on the Pico, allowing you to deploy the single-board computer (SBC) remotely. SB Components has also equipped the device with a GPS module, corresponding antennas and an audio jack, should you need the latter.
Both boards measure 119.6 x 68 mm and come with 1.14-inch LCD screens, along with USB 2.0, UART and GPIO interfaces. Bluetooth 3.0 is supported too, as are embedded TCP and UDP protocols. Unfortunately, SB Components has not discussed what software it will pre-install on its Pico expansion boards. However, it will share code samples and source code on a corresponding Github repo when the Kickstarter campaign ends.
Currently, the Pico 2G costs £45 on Kickstarter, 30% less than its eventual £65 MSRP. This price includes a Raspberry Pi Pico and GPS/GSM antennas, but you must pledge at least £99 for the 4G version. SB Components hopes to deliver its Pico expansion boards to backers in October 2021.