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Raspberry Pi Roundup - 15th June 2016

Sense HAT

Keith Ellis does a rather good line in tutorial videos over at Recently, he wondered if it was possible to use the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins with the SenseHAT attached. At first glance, it seems that it’s not possible due to the surface-mount header (as you can see in the picture above). However, he found a way. Take a look at his video below:

Bottled Out

The members of Noisebridge in San Francisco recently attended the Bay Area Maker Faire. They took with them Flaschen Taschen – a 10′ by 9′ display of 1575 clear bottles with WS2801/Neopixel strips embedded inside. Using a Raspberry Pi, these daisy-chained strips are controlled to display various effects (such as plasma etc) and even a game of Pong. It went down really well at the Maker Faire and you can read more about it here.

Sliders galore

Richard Saville, aka The Average Man, has created a brilliant showpiece for Jams and other events. He’s taken a robot arm controlled by 6 servos and hooked it up to an ABelectronics servo controller board. He added a NiMH battery to power it and a step-down converter to reduce the voltage. Then the really clever part: he added 6 slider potentiometers and an Analog Zero board to control the servos and fastened it all to a base. A clever bit of coding, including help from our Pi community, enabled the arm to move smoothly. You can read a lot more about how he did it on his blog.

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