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Raspberry Pi Roundup

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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Raspberry Pi Roundup - a Star Wars Alexa bot, using the Skywriter and Unicorn together and a big Pi Wars announcement!

Raspberry Pi Roundup - a Star Wars Alexa bot, using the Skywriter and Unicorn together and a big Pi Wars announcement!

Star Wars / Alexa For those of you who don’t follow cinema avidly, I should first of all say: There’s a new Star Wars movie out. This one’s called ‘Solo‘ and is about the early day of everyone’s favourite smuggler Han Solo. By all accounts (though I haven’t seen it for myself), it’s a fast-moving, thoroughly entertaining caper movie. One of the features of a Star Wars movie is the fascinated “droid” (robot) concepts they have in there and Solo is no exception. One of the droids featured is called L3-37 and maker Patrick Stefanski has re-created the head of this robot using...

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Raspberry Pi Roundup - Aliens motion tracker, Wheel of Fortune and a Calendar Clock

Raspberry Pi Roundup - Aliens motion tracker, Wheel of Fortune and a Calendar Clock

"It's the only way to be sure" Richard Martin has taken a Hama slide viewer, a small screen and a Raspberry Pi, together with some power and audio circuitry, and created this brilliant Aliens-style movie prop. It allows you to sweep back and forth with a corresponding movement of the display (thanks to a compass sensor) and gives out readings of movement with the dread-inducing sound effect from the film. You can see it in action below and see his code on Github. It was based on this tutorial from Virtual Frontiers. Wheel of Fortune Simon Bugler has taken a Raspberry Pi,...

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