PiWars – Cambridge Jam. With robots.

On Saturday, something rather special happened in Cambridge. Tim Richardson and Mike Horne, who run the regular CamJam, were holding a special event: a robotics Raspberry Jam, with competitions for attending teams who had built their Pis into a robot. Eben and I were judging. Someone had parked some reindeer outside. The Raspberry Pi robots... Continue reading

Wheels and a sandwich

If you’re at tomorrow’s PiWars robotics Jam in Cambridge, you’ll meet this little fellow, built by Gert from an A+, with a trailer constructed from a Compute Module baseboard PCB that nobody was using. He made it with a specific purpose in mind: to deliver jam sandwiches to me from the other side of the office. Why, you ask?... Continue reading

Robot volcanology

Earlier this week, we talked about Raspberry Pi robots under the sofa. Today, we’ve got a Raspberry Pi robot under a volcano to show you. Dr Carolyn Parcheta studied volcanology in Hawaii, and now works as a NASA postdoctoral fellow in Pasadena. Her particular area of study is the geometry of volcanic fissure vents: something that’s very hard to... Continue reading

Steer a car. With cheese.

Building your own remote-controlled robot or car is a favourite activity for kids who are using a Pi to learn about programming and electronics. But this is the first one we’ve encountered that interfaces with a remote control made of cheese. We absolutely love MaKey MaKey here at Pi Towers: it’s a kit that enables... Continue reading

Pi-powered Ping Pong Pursuit

Will Jessop is a systems administrator for 37signals and he runs the North West Ruby User Group in Manchester. I bumped in to him recently and discovered he was working on a personal project with a Raspberry Pi. The aim of the project is to solve the problem of ping pong balls on the floor... Continue reading

Nintendo audio – on analogue instruments

I don’t know much about this project. I spotted it earlier today on Twitter, where all I had to go on was this: I have a friend named Dave; Dave is a genius. You all need to check out his latest project (feat. @Raspberry_Pi ) at http://t.co/Juj4F8nK16 — Matt LaFave (@Ubercoat) August 20, 2013  ... Continue reading

Laika: a hardware control platform for the Raspberry Pi

Laika is a modular add-on board for the Raspberry Pi that allows control of motors, switches, lamps, robots and more. There are plenty of great hardware control boards out there for the Raspberry Pi but we especially like this one because of the educational focus.There’s lots more information on what it can do and how... Continue reading