The MagPi issue 17, out now

October’s edition of The MagPi, the Raspberry Pi community magazine, which is written, edited and produced by Pi users for Pi users, is available for free download now.

If you’re a robotics hobbyist, you’ll find lots to occupy yourself in this month’s issue: there’s a thorough discussion of the BrickPi, a new addon from Dexter Industries which will allow you to connect your Pi to LEGO NXT motors, and pointers to projects you can make yourself with the setup, interfacing with Python and with Scratch.

My favourite project this month is from Jonathan Chetwynd (who posts here as Peepo). He’s used a head-mounted Raspberry Pi camera board to make an eye-tracking device. (I will not spoil this month’s best MagPi photo for you, which demonstrates what Jonathan calls “load balancing issues” when trying to use a pair of glasses as a mount for a Pi and its accessory bits and pieces.) It’s a mad, brilliant project, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of you replicate it and find out what you use it for.

This only scratches the surface: this month you’ll find tips and projects on games programming, sensors, and much more. (Cannon ball physics for your Scratch games from Will Bell is a real winner – if you’re a kid who wants to make an Angry Birds-type game, you’ll want to read this.)

If you’re new to the Raspberry Pi and don’t know where to start, the MagPi’s back catalogue is a great place to begin. It’s always free to download, it’s made by people who love the Pi and want to help you to get the most out of it, and it’s always a highlight of my month. Head over and get downloading!

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