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home automation

Controlling electrical sockets with Energenie Pi-mote

Last Christmas I decided I had spent enough time bending over the various chairs to reach the switch to turn on and off the Christmas tree lights. So I bought a set of Energenie remote-controlled mains switches. I decided that this would be a great device to wire up to the Raspberry Pi, because I could... Continue reading

James Bond villain-style alarm clock for the deaf

A quick post today: I’m in a tearing hurry trying to get our display for today’s UK Technology Industry reception at Buckingham Palace ready, in the face a few awkwardnesses. We’ve got an entire education team and half an engineering team that’s off sick with something we’re calling the Raspberry Flu, and an SD card... Continue reading

MouseAir

Doing the social media stuff that I do, I see a lot of cat-related stuff; your cute cat thing has to be pretty darn good to impress me. MouseAir cuts it. I came across MouseAir in Raspberry Pi’s Google+ community, where project author John Shovic of SwitchDoc Labs has been posting regular updates. John’s cat, Panther, enjoys... Continue reading

Home automation. For your Enterprise-class starship.

This is a work-in-progress from Ludwig Boltzmann. And we love it. Ludwig says he will upload his code to Github when he’s satisfied it’s properly polished, but we liked what we saw in this video at this unfinished stage so much that we wanted to show it to you now. Can it be used to... Continue reading

OpenSprinkler Pi

I’ve been meaning to write about this for ages: I hate watering the garden. I’ve met Ray, the Mind Behind, a couple of times now, I actually *own* one of these boards, and…I hate watering the garden. Did I mention that? If you hate watering the garden but enjoy messing around with computers, OpenSprinkler Pi... Continue reading

Raspberry-flavoured haunted house

Remember Amelia and Oliver? Earlier this year, aged seven and five, they programmed, soldered, modeled and painted a simply fantastic school project that we featured here. (We liked the Bee Box so much that we’re including something very similar in the primary school materials we’re working on at the moment.) This Halloween, with some help... Continue reading

PrivateEyePi – a DIY home alarm system

A big thank you to Recantha for spotting this one: PrivateEyePi is a project that went straight on my “I MUST make one of these” list when I saw it. Right now, that list includes an aerial Pi and camera board with the IR filter removed to take pictures of Iron Age sites in inaccessible bits of... Continue reading

Raspberry Pi, for all your 50s diner needs

Have you ever been to a cafe or restaurant with 1950s jukebox wallboxes in each booth? Wallboxes were an extension for a jukebox, making it more convenient to select music right from your table. You’d drop a coin in, choose a song from the flipbook behind the glass, chrome and plastics, and the machine would... 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

Open the pod bay doors, Siri!

I have an iPhone, but I have to admit, I don’t use Siri much. The male, British Siri is about 80% less charming than the female, American one. The things I need, it just won’t do: SiriUK’s restaurant database appears to have been composed by a hungry flock of starlings pecking the keys at random;... Continue reading