Raspberry Pi

  • jeudi, 21 janvier 2021

    Meet Raspberry Silicon: Raspberry Pi Pico now on sale at $4
    Today, we’re launching our first microcontroller-class product: Raspberry Pi Pico. Priced at just $4, it is built on RP2040, a brand-new chip developed right here at Raspberry Pi. Whether you’re looking for a standalone board for deep-embedded development or a companion to your Raspberry Pi computer, or you’re taking your first steps with a microcontroller, this is the board for you. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-tRJPCv0GA?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] You can buy your Raspberry Pi Pico today online from one of our Approved Resellers. Or head to your local newsagent, where every copy of this month’s HackSpace magazine comes with a free Pico, as well as plenty of guides and tutorials to help you get started with it. If coronavirus restrictions mean that you can’t get to your newsagent right now, you can grab a subscription and get Pico delivered to your door. Oops!… We Did It Again Microcomputers and microcontrollers Many of our favourite projects, from cucumber sorters to hi …

  • mercredi, 20 janvier 2021

    Computing education and underrepresentation: the data from England
    In this blog post, I’ll discuss the first research seminar in our six-part series about diversity and inclusion. Let’s start by defining our terms. Diversity is any dimension that can be used to differentiate groups and people from one another. This might be, for example, age, gender, socio-economic status, disability, ethnicity, religion, nationality, or sexuality. The aim of inclusion is to embrace all people irrespective of difference. It’s vital that we are inclusive in computing education, because we need to ensure that everyone can access and learn the empowering and enabling technical skills they need to support all aspects of their lives. Between January and June of this year, we’re partnering with the Royal Academy of Engineering to host speakers from the UK and USA for a series of six research seminars focused on diversity and inclusion in computing education. We kicked off the series with a seminar from Dr Peter Kemp and Dr Billy Wong focused on computing education in Englan …

  • mardi, 19 janvier 2021

    Raspberry Pi LEGO sorter
    Raspberry Pi is at the heart of this AI–powered, automated sorting machine that is capable of recognising and sorting any LEGO brick. And its maker Daniel West believes it to be the first of its kind in the world! [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=04JkdHEX3Yk?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Best ever This mega-machine was two years in the making and is a LEGO creation itself, built from over 10,000 LEGO bricks. A beast of 10,000 bricks It can sort any LEGO brick you place in its input bucket into one of 18 output buckets, at the rate of one brick every two seconds. While Daniel was inspired by previous LEGO sorters, his creation is a huge step up from them: it can recognise absolutely every LEGO brick ever created, even bricks it has never seen before. Hence the ‘universal’ in the name ‘universal LEGO sorting machine’. Hardware There we are, tucked away, just doing our job Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2 9 servo motors (controlled through a servo multiplexer com …

  • lundi, 18 janvier 2021

    Deter burglars with a Raspberry Pi chatbot
    How to improve upon the standard burglar deterring method of leaving lights switched on? Dennis Mellican turned to Raspberry Pi for a much more effective solution. It actually proved too effective when a neighbour stopped by, but more on that in a bit. Here you can see Dennis’s system in action scaring off a trespasser: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEkT_dnrFyw?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Good job, Raspberry Pi chatbots! The burglar deterrent started out as Dennis’s regular home automation system. Not content with the current software offerings, and having worked in DevOps, Dennis decided to create his own solution. Enter Raspberry Pi (well, several of them). Chatterboxes Dennis has multiple Raspberry Pi–powered devices dotted around his home, doing things such as turning on lights, powering up a garden sprinkler, and playing fake dog barks on wireless speakers. All these burglar deterrents work together and are run by a chat bot. A simulation of the chatbots responding to D …

  • vendredi, 15 janvier 2021

    RetroPie booze barrel
    What do we want? Retro gaming, adult beverages, and our favourite Spotify playlist. When do we want them? All at the same time. Luckily, u/breadtangle took to reddit to answer our rum-soaked prayers with this beautifully crafted beer barrel-cum-arcade machine-cum-drinks cabinet. We approve of this drink selection The addition of a sneaky hiding spot for your favourite tipple, plus a musical surprise, set this build apart from the popular barrel arcade projects we’ve seen before, like this one featured a few years back on the blog. Retro gaming A Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ runs RetroPie, offering all sorts of classic games to entertain you while you sample from the grownup goodies hidden away in the drinks cabinet. The maker’s top choice is Tetris Attack for the SNES. Such a beautiful finish Background music What more could you want now you’ve got retro games and an elegantly hidden drinks cabinet at your fingertips? u/breadtangle‘s creation has another trick hidden inside its smooth woode …

  • jeudi, 14 janvier 2021

    Get VMware on Raspberry Pi
    Hacking apart a sweet, innocent Raspberry Pi – who would do such a thing? Network Chuck, that’s who. But he has a very cool reason for it so, we’ll let him off the hook. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6aLyZisehCU?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Subscribe to Network Chuck on YouTube He’s figured out how to install VMware ESXi on Raspberry Pi, and he’s sharing the step-by-step process with you because he loves you. And us. We think. We hope. Get cutting In a nutshell, Chuck “hacks” apart a Raspberry Pi to show you how it can operate as three separate computers, each running different software at the same time. He’s a wizard. Our poor sweet baby 😮 VMware is cool because it’s Virtual Machine software big companies use on huge servers, but you can deploy it on one of our tiny devices and learn how to use it in the comfort of your own home if you follow Chuck’s instructions. Useful labels explaining which bit of Raspberry Pi is capable of what What do you need? Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB or 8 …

  • mercredi, 13 janvier 2021

    Supporting teachers and students with remote learning through free video lessons
    Working with Oak National Academy, we’ve turned the materials from our Teach Computing Curriculum into more than 300 free, curriculum-mapped video lessons for remote learning. A comprehensive set of free classroom materials One of our biggest projects for teachers that we’ve worked on over the past two years is the Teach Computing Curriculum: a comprehensive set of free computing classroom materials for key stages 1 to 4 (learners aged 5 to 16). The materials comprise lesson plans, homework, progression mapping, and assessment materials. We’ve created these as part of the National Centre for Computing Education, but they are freely available for educators all over the world to download and use. More than 300 free, curriculum-mapped video lessons In the second half of 2020, in response to school closures, our team of experienced teachers produced over 100 hours of video to transform Teach Computing Curriculum materials into video lessons for learning at home. They are freely available f …

  • mardi, 12 janvier 2021

    These Furby-‘controlled’ Raspberry Pi-powered eyes follow you
    Sam Battle aka LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER couldn’t resist splashing out on a clear Macintosh case for a new project in his ‘Cosmo’ series of builds, which inject new life into retro hardware. AAGGGGHHHHHHH! This time around, a Raspberry Pi, running facial recognition software, and one of our Camera Modules enable Furby-style eyes to track movement, detect faces, and follow you around the room. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axVrGmbjkSc?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Give LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER a follow on YouTube He loves a good Furby does Sam. Has a whole YouTube playlist dedicated to projects featuring them. Seriously. Sam got all the Raspberry Pi kit needed from Pimoroni Our favourite bit of the video is when Sam meets Raspberry Pi for the first time, boots it up, and says: “Wait, I didn’t know it was a computer. It’s an actual computer computer. What?!” Face recognition software up and running on Raspberry Pi The eyes are ping pong balls cut in half so you can fit a Raspberry Pi Cam …

  • lundi, 11 janvier 2021

    Raspberry Pi 400 for working and learning at home
    Did you get Raspberry Pi 400 as a home learning or working device? We hope you’ve been getting on well with our affordable all-in-one computing solution. If you’re a new user, here are some tips for you to get the most out of your brand-new Raspberry Pi 400. Does *anyone’s* home office desk look this tidy?.. First things first! Make sure your Raspberry Pi runs the newest version of the Raspberry Pi OS. Here is how (and here is a video preview of what the process looks like): Open a terminal window by clicking on the Terminal icon in the top menu bar. Then type this command in the terminal window: sudo apt update Press Enter on the keyboard. Once the update is downloaded, type into the window: sudo apt full-upgrade Press Enter again. It is safe to just accept the default answer to any questions you are asked during the procedure by typing y and pressing Enter. Now reboot your Raspberry Pi. Videoconferencing, collaboration, files ‘Every Zoom Meeting’ by Second City via YouTube With the n …

  • vendredi, 8 janvier 2021

    Smart Fairy Tale
    This is creepy, and we love it. OK, it’s not REALLY creepy, it’s just that some people have an aversion to dolls that appear to move of their own accord, due to a disturbing childhood experience — but enough about me. Smart Fairy Tale is a whimsical, unique community project created by Berlin-based installation artist Niklas Roy and interaction designer Felix Fisgus. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8ShWP1Borc?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Using a smartphone app, viewers determine which way a ball travels through transparent pipes, and depending on which light barriers the ball interrupts on its journey, various toys are animated to tell different stories. The server of the installation is a Raspberry Pi 4. Via its GPIO pins, it controls the track switches and releases the ball. Raspberry Pi 4 tucked in the top right-hand corner, mounted together with the router. Photo courtesy of Niklas’ project page The apparatus is full of toys donated by residents of Wolfsburg, Germany. The …