Virtualplumber
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Christmas day project

Wed Oct 16, 2013 10:41 am

Hi,

I have bought my kids one of these each for Christmas with the accessories to get it up and working ! Can anyone guide me on a relatively quick, but simple project that will be fun, as I want to get my son off his Playstaion and doing something more meaningful.

Thanks

Mark

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Re: Christmas day project

Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:37 pm

How savvy are you with Unix-based systems yourself? If you're getting them both one you could do something with networking, sending messages back and forth between each other, work that concept into some sort of game...

Or are you more interested in robotics/physical stuff? Even I was fascinated when I first got a motor working off an Internet call (in this prototype) and I'm 28!

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Re: Christmas day project

Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:24 pm

Virtualplumber wrote:Hi,

I want to get my son off his Playstaion and doing something more meaningful.

Thanks

Mark
Wow, a responsible parent. I didn't think they existed any more.

Hard to say since you didn't mention their age. The MagPi magazine is a good resource to start with:

http://www.themagpi.com/issues/

Maybe after they gain some experience, a breadboard and some LED's; there are some kits available that have everything you need. That would expose them to programming, but it would make it more fun because they would be controlling physical things that they can see change.
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Re: Christmas day project

Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:18 am

DavidXN wrote:How savvy are you with Unix-based systems yourself? If you're getting them both one you could do something with networking, sending messages back and forth between each other, work that concept into some sort of game...

Or are you more interested in robotics/physical stuff? Even I was fascinated when I first got a motor working off an Internet call (in this prototype) and I'm 28!
Thanks , thats really good .........I've never done programming , but I can see there is potential for a lot of fun here and that is the best way to learn ! On the concept of networking , how would we do this ?

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Re: Christmas day project

Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:22 am

There aged 13 ....boy and girl and thanks for the advice, breadboarding with basic electronics also sounds good, I just need to get an idiot guide on how to do it

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Re: Christmas day project

Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:35 am

Can I suggest to avoid Christmas day misery you check both setups and intermixing keyboard mouse etc will work so you definitely have working setups on Christmas Day.

Yes then look at guides on simple setups for GPIO even flashing LEDs and parts for them to try further would be a good idea. Make sure first ones you can do as well, then have some parts and links to guides and see how far they can get and learn together.
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Re: Christmas day project

Thu Oct 17, 2013 11:40 am

I've got a very simple GPIO project here involving an infrared motion detector.

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