Parts List

Required Parts:

  • Raspberry Pi board (any model or revision). This project has modest requirements and is a great use for older “hand-me-down” Pi boards.
  • Adafruit LCD+Keypad Kit for Raspberry Pi. There are a few different versions of this, depending on the “look” you’re after: RGB Positive backlight, RGB Negative, and the more affordable Blue & White. All versions of this kit require some assembly and soldering.
  • A 2GB or larger SD memory card (microSD for most recent Raspberry Pi boards).
  • A power supply compatible with the USB MicroB connector on the Raspberry Pi; some mobile phone chargers will work, or we offer suitable USB “wall wart” adapters and cables.
  • Headphones or amplified speakers (or connect to your living room A/V setup).
  • A free account with the Pandora streaming music service.

Optional but Recommended:

  • A USB WiFi adapter compatible with the Raspberry Pi (and an existing wireless network, of course). The Raspberry Pi Model B could be used with wired Ethernet, but this makes it less convenient.
  • A Pi Box enclosure, or other case with an open top (the Pibow and Pi Shell aren’t suitable — we need full access to the top of the board).

Temporary Items for Setup:


The following are required for assembly and configuration, but do not need to remain permanently attached:
  • Monitor (HDMI or composite)
  • USB keyboard
  • Possibly a powered USB hub
  • Soldering iron and solder (for assembling the LCD keypad kit)
This guide was first published on Apr 12, 2013. It was last updated on Sep 22, 2018. This page (Parts List) was last updated on Jul 06, 2018.