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automation

Automated decanter

I had mail from Jürgen Huber at Logi.cals, an Austrian software firm, who have been using a Raspberry Pi in a demo at trade fairs to show off logi.CAD 3, their new, free, software tool for automation. It’s right up our street: they’ve made an automatic decanting machine. Decanting machines, usually operated by via a... Continue reading

Jack the (DVD) Ripper

The shelves in my living room are groaning under the weight of DVD boxed sets – and I just can’t bring myself to sit down and rip them all. All that waiting around! And it’s impossible to remember that you’re going to have to swap discs to and from a drive every hour or so.... Continue reading

Pato surveillance system

Pato is a little green bird who Jorge Rancé found, injured, on the street in Barcelona, and rescued. He was in a bad way, with a broken leg and the feathery equivalent of a terrible hair day. Jorge took Pato to the vet to be patched up, and took him home to recuperate in a... Continue reading

PiPlanter: a plant growth monitor

We’ve see a lot of clever irrigation devices for gardeners being made with the Pi, but PiPlanter is the most complete (and the best documented) system we’ve seen so far. It does far more than simple irrigation. PiPlanter monitors temperature, ambient light, ambient humidity and soil humidity; it outputs that data to a MySQL database,... Continue reading

Pi-Rex: a bark-activated door opener for dogs

Here’s a weekend project from Dave Hunt for dog owners whose best friends can’t work out whether they want to be inside or outside. Dave came up with Pi-Rex when the sleep deprivation caused by his new dog barking to be let in or out alternately became too much to bear. She tends to do... Continue reading

Pi-powered cat feeder

Mooncake, the Official Raspberry Pi Cat, is fed biscuits twice a day by an off-the-shelf cat-feeding robo-hopper that we bought before Raspberry Pi was a reality. (She also gets that horrible-smelling cat food in gravy from a packet, served up by real live humans.) I’ve just found out what to replace the robot with when... Continue reading

Calibrating a 3D printer with a Raspberry Pi

Jon Wise mailed Eben last night to tell us about a 3D printing project he’s been working on, and we thought it was so great we watched the video three times before going to bed. If you’ve ever used a 3D printer you’ll know that they need regular calibrating to make sure that the output... Continue reading

Judd would like a treat.

Presented without comment, because it’s perfect as it is. Thanks to John (would you believe this is his first ever bit of Python?), and thank you Judd! Python script and CAD design are available at NYCCNC.... Continue reading

Coffee!

Coffee and computing go hand in hand. The world’s first live streaming webcam was pointed at a coffee pot in the Cambridge University Computer Lab’s Trojan Room (yes, Americans, I know you think that sounds funny), back in the days when it was on a shared site in the centre of Cambridge and none of... Continue reading

BrewPi

In keeping with our educational mission, here’s a post about beer. There seems to be a surprising overlap (perhaps it’s not so surprising) between the maker/hacker community and the home brew community. We are aware of a few small commercial breweries who are already using Raspberry Pis to drive automation of things like pressure and... Continue reading