Raspberry Pi Zero Helmet Impact Force Monitor

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Configure the Pi Zero W

Gather your Raspberry Pi Zero and peripherals to configure the Pi to be headless!

Pi Zero Setup

  • Connect the Pi to a monitor and associated peripherals (keyboard, mouse), plug in the power supply, and log in.

  • Update software to keep your Pi speedy & secure. Open the terminal window and type these commands:

    • Type and enter: sudo apt-get update

    • Type and enter: sudo apt-get upgrade

    • Reset: sudo shutdown -r now

Enable WiFi, SSH, and I2C.

  • Click the WiFi icon on the upper right corner of the desktop and connect to your WiFi network.

  • In the terminal type this command to bring up the Pi's Software Configuration Tool: sudo raspi-config

Serial Terminal Interfacing Options

  • Select "Interfacing Options", then "SSH", and choose "Yes" at the bottom to enable.

  • Go back to "Interfacing Options", then "I2C", and select "Yes" to enable.

  • In the terminal, install remote desktop connection software: sudo apt-get install xrdp

    • Type 'Y' (yes) on your keyboard to both prompts.

    • Find the Pi's IP address by hovering over the WiFi connection (you might also want to write it down).

IP Address

  • Change the Pi's password with the passwd command.

Restart the Pi and Log In Remotely.

We can now ditch the HDMI and peripherals, woohoo!

  • Setup a remote desktop connection.

    • On a PC, open Remote Desktop Connection (or PuTTY if you're comfy with that).

    • For Mac/Linux, you can install this program or use a VNC program.

  • Enter the IP for the Pi and click "Connect" (Ignore warnings about unknown device).

Remote Desktop Connection

  • Log in to the Pi using your credentials and away we go!