In a Manhattan gallery, there is an art installation that uses a Raspberry Pi to control the lights, nourishing an underground field of lavender. The twist: the Pi syncs the intensity of the lights to the activity of a dozen or so Twitter accounts belonging to media personalities and members of the US government. In May 2017 … Continue reading →
This is a great beginner’s project from Red Reef Digital for those new to Node-RED. Node-RED is IBM’s browser-based, visual tool – looking just like a flow chart – for IoT programming. It seemed to come out of nowhere a couple of years ago, but it’s very easy to get your head around, and we’ve seen some … Continue reading →
Daphne the WonderCat is the feline owner of Kate Bevan, a tech journalist. Daphne is surprisingly active on social media for somebody who doesn’t have opposable thumbs; her Facebook is full of a mixture of (perfectly justified) boasting about her superbosity, and complaints about the inadequacy of her human support team. Bernie Sumption, an acolyte … Continue reading →
Henry Conklin’s dog, Oliver, is one of those very vocal dogs who likes to try to let you know what he’s thinking. By barking. A lot. Henry says: I decided that his thoughts and comments needed to be shared with the world. Thus the @OliverBarkBark project was born. By connecting a Rasberry Pi, a wifi … Continue reading →
Meet Miguel Wattson (geddit?), the most piscine member of the Raspberry Pi community. Miguel is an electric eel who lives in a tank at the Tennessee Aquarium; and his keepers, with some help from some computer science interns, have decided to use Miguel’s tendency to generate electricity to do some showboating.   Electric eels (actually a … Continue reading →
Regular readers will remember that we featured Andy Proctor’s delivery lorry – hacked with a Raspberry Pi to become an Internet of Things delivery Andy lorry – back at the start of December.  The BBC found out about him too, and he’s featuring on the front page of their news site today, with a really … Continue reading →
If you’re a keen follower of what we and the teachers we train get up to at Picademy, you might remember this little gem. (Not a lettuce. A video.) That Michael Jackson Tribute Glove (MJTG) was the work of Dan Aldred’s team (that’s Dan taking charge in the above video). When Picademy wrapped up, Dan said … Continue reading →
At Picademy, our awesome free training course for teachers, I run a workshop to introduce teachers to using the camera module with Python, and show them how to wire up a GPIO button they can use to trigger the camera. I always make a point of saying “now you know this, what can you make it … Continue reading →
UK teachers: want two days of free, top-class CPD? Check out Picademy, and send us your applications! What do you get if you cross a PiFace with a rubber dinosaur from Marks and Spencer? Twitter magic, that’s what. Teacher Dan Aldred has come up with a thing of beauty: a hack that makes your desktop … Continue reading →
So you’re at SXSW. And you want an up-to-the-minute cookie. What could be nicer than a customised Oreo, filled, flavoured and printed with the aid of a Raspberry Pi (in such a way that you can watch what’s happening yourself) all depending on what’s trending on Twitter at the moment? Our good friend Matt Richardson … Continue reading →