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Raspberry Pi Roundup

Raspberry Pi Roundup - a 3D-printable robot, a Pi Wars interview and a robot that stops itself from falling over

Raspberry Pi Roundup - a 3D-printable robot, a Pi Wars interview and a robot that stops itself from falling over

3D-printed robot Nik Ivanov has released plans for a low-cost, 3D-printable rover called Watney which features cheap, yellow Chinese DC motors inside a pretty lovely 3D-printed chassis and case. It’s all run off a Raspberry Pi Zero W and you can download the code and 3D printer files, and see some detailed assembly instructions, over on GitHub. Pi Wars interview Issue 9 of Hackspace magazine is out! There’s some great articles in there, from Rachel Wong and her wearable tech to Lorraine Underwood and her fantastic LED cube. Of particular interest to the Raspberry Pi community is a terrific 8-page interview with Tim Richardson who...

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Raspberry Pi Roundup - a cartoonifying camera/printer, a gun range assistant and a rotary phone conversion

Raspberry Pi Roundup - a cartoonifying camera/printer, a gun range assistant and a rotary phone conversion

Cartoonify Dan Macnish has taken a Raspberry Pi 3, a camera module and a thermal printer and created a set-up that ‘approximates’ what the camera sees and then prints it out. It’s sort of like a rubbish Polaroid, but it’s more artistic than that. Using a piece of software called Draw This, the Pi recognises objects in front of the camera and then mines Google’s Quick, Draw! dataset to find the images that are closest (in a cartoon fashion) to what the camera saw. After that, it’s just a case of sending the data to the thermal printer and voila – a...

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Raspberry Pi Roundup - new software for high altitude ballooning, a whiskey-powered telephone box and a parking assistant

Raspberry Pi Roundup - new software for high altitude ballooning, a whiskey-powered telephone box and a parking assistant

Sky's the limit Raspberry Pi has announced two software packages to help groups and individuals get into High Altitude Ballooning. Created in conjunction with HAB enthusiast Dave Akerman, one package is installed on the Pi going up into near-space and the other is used to track it when it comes back to Earth. Pytrack goes on the Space-bound Pi and has the following features: Learners can create their own tracker in a simpler programming language, rather than simply configuring the existing software The core mechanics of the tracker are exposed for the learner to understand, but complex details are abstracted away Learners can integrate...

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Raspberry Pi Roundup - a Pi Wars announcement, a laser-writing weather forecaster and a Raspbian update

Raspberry Pi Roundup - a Pi Wars announcement, a laser-writing weather forecaster and a Raspbian update

Pi Wars Challenges Announced The Pi Wars team is delighted to announce that details of the challenges set for Pi Wars 2019 are now available on the Pi Wars website. They were pleased to be able to announce this at the Raspberry Fields festival in Cambridge recently during a talk about the origins of Pi Wars. Pi Wars will take place on 30th & 31st March 2019 in Cambridge, UK. As well as this, they've announced a Space Exploration theme. It will be 50 years since the first Apollo/NASA moon landing! But if you’re not into Space Exploration, and that kind of thing, don’t worry – Pi Wars...

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Raspberry Pi Pod - a robot that can change its shape, an ocean race data gatherer, a simple GUI for stop-motion and a brand new Crowdfunding Campaign

Raspberry Pi Pod - a robot that can change its shape, an ocean race data gatherer, a simple GUI for stop-motion and a brand new Crowdfunding Campaign

Friller Al Bencomo has created this wonderful 3D-printed robot that can overcome obstacles by changing the shape of its wheels. FRILLER (FRILL Explorer Robot) uses a Raspberry Pi 3 with Android Things OS to control motors connected via an Adafruit Motor HAT. As Al explains it: The wheel deformation mechanism is composed of two DC geared motors, sliding racks, and an elastic cord. When the motors push out the racks, the wheel diameter becomes larger. The elastic cord around the wheels assists with the return of the spikes to the close position when the motors pull the racks back inside. The wheels...

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