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A working original Doctor Who K-9 prop

4 weeks 1 day ago

When Abertay University purchased some unwanted Doctor Who props from the BBC in 2011, they could never have known that their future computer science student Gary Taylor would transform a water-damaged robot corpse into a working K-9, the cutest (and snarkiest) of all the Doctor’s companions. K-9 If you’re unfamiliar with Doctor Who, you may […]

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Alex Bate

Echoing the Newcastle of yesteryear with Pi-powered whistles

1 month ago

Artist Steve Messam is celebrating the North of England’s historic role in railway innovation with 16 Raspberry Pi–controlled steam engine whistles around the city of Newcastle. The Great Exhibition of the North The Great Exhibition of the North is a summer-long celebration of the pioneering spirit of the North of England. Running over 80 days, […]

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Alex Bate

Build your own Star Wars droid

1 month ago

It is a truth universally acknowledged…that everyone wants their own Star Wars droid. If you’re now thinking “No, not me!”, then you obviously haven’t met the right droid yet. But Patrick ‘PatchBOTS‘ Stefanski has, and that droid is L3-37 from the newly released Solo: A Star Wars Story. https://i.kinja-img.com/gawker-media/image/upload/s--wqoXUUO_--/c_scale,fl_progressive,q_80,w_800/kkievcldzgek3aebdx6f.mp4 Release the droids Visit your local maker […]

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Alex Bate

Build your own Arthur satellite dish for tracking the ISS

1 month ago

Construct a 3D paper model of the iconic Arthur satellite dish that notifies you whenever the International Space Station passes overhead! Project_Arthur Project_Arthur is a fun project allowing you to construct a 3d paper model of the Antenna 1 dish called Arthur from Goonhilly. The model will track the location of the ISS (International Space […]

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Alex Bate

Archimedes, the Google AIY Projects Vision familiar

1 month ago

hackster.io‘s ‘resident hardware nerd’ Alex Glow has gifted the world of makers with Archimedes, a shoulder-mounted owl that judges your emotions using the Google AIY Project Vision Kit. Say Hi to Archimedes – the AI Robot Owl Say hi to Archimedes – the robot owl with a Google AIY brain. Built with Raspberry Pi + […]

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Alex Bate

Bell Gardens’ Code Club is headed to Coolest Projects North America

1 month 1 week ago

Located outside Los Angeles, the Boys & Girls Club of Bell Gardens run after-school and summer programming for youth in the community. The club at Bell Gardens is part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a national organization of local chapters that offer after-school programs for young people. In September, their Code Club […]

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Christina Foust

Tackling Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome with Fesentience

1 month 1 week ago

In today’s guest post, we’ll hear from Prastik Mohanraj. He’s a part of the Fesentience project team at the Engineering and Science University Magnet school (ESUMS) in Connecticut, USA, and a student of Raspberry Pi Certified Educator Leon Tynes. Prastik shares his story of creating an incubator device using the Raspberry Pi to help young […]

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Dana Augustin

Coolest Projects International 2018

1 month 1 week ago

Like many engineers, I have folder upon folder of half-completed projects on my computer. But the funny thing is that this wasn’t a problem for me as a child. Every other Friday evening, I’d spend two hours at Ilkley Computer Club, where I could show off whatever I’d been working on: nothing motivates you to […]

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Eben Upton

Protecting coral reefs with Nemo-Pi, the underwater monitor

1 month 2 weeks ago

The German charity Save Nemo works to protect coral reefs, and they are developing Nemo-Pi, an underwater “weather station” that monitors ocean conditions. Right now, you can vote for Save Nemo in the Google.org Impact Challenge. Save Nemo The organisation says there are two major threats to coral reefs: divers, and climate change. To make […]

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Janina Ander

MagPi 70: Home automation with Raspberry Pi

1 month 2 weeks ago

Hey folks, Rob here! It’s the last Thursday of the month, and that means it’s time for a brand-new The MagPi. Issue 70 is all about home automation using your favourite microcomputer, the Raspberry Pi. Raspberry Pi home automation We think home automation is an excellent use of the Raspberry Pi, hiding it around your […]

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Rob Zwetsloot

Randomly generated, thermal-printed comics

1 month 2 weeks ago

Python code creates curious, wordless comic strips at random, spewing them from the thermal printer mouth of a laser-cut body reminiscent of Disney Pixar’s WALL-E: meet the Vomit Comic Robot! https://i.imgur.com/j0S40jm.mp4 The age of the thermal printer! Thermal printers allow you to instantly print photos, data, and text using a few lines of code, with […]

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Alex Bate

Recording lost seconds with the Augenblick blink camera

1 month 2 weeks ago

Warning: GIFs used in today’s blog contain flashing images. Students at the University of Bremen, Germany, have built a wearable camera that records the seconds of vision lost when you blink. Augenblick uses a Raspberry Pi Zero and Camera Module alongside muscle sensors to record footage whenever you close your eyes, producing a rather disjointed […]

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Alex Bate

Project Floofball and more: Pi pet stuff

1 month 2 weeks ago

It’s a public holiday here today (yes, again). So, while we indulge in the traditional pastime of barbecuing stuff (ourselves, mainly), here’s a little trove of Pi projects that cater for our various furry friends. Project Floofball Nicole Horward created Project Floofball for her hamster, Harold. It’s an IoT hamster wheel that uses a Raspberry […]

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Janina Ander

Enchanting images with Inky Lines, a Pi‑powered polargraph

1 month 3 weeks ago

A hanging plotter, also known as a polar plotter or polargraph, is a machine for drawing images on a vertical surface. It does so by using motors to control the length of two cords that form a V shape, supporting a pen where they meet. We’ve featured one on this blog before: Norbert “HomoFaciens” Heinz’s […]

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Helen Lynn

Join us at the Education Summit at PyCon UK 2018

1 month 3 weeks ago

PyCon UK 2018 will take place on Saturday 15 September to Wednesday 19 September in the splendid Cardiff City Hall, just a few miles from the Sony Technology Centre where the vast majority of Raspberry Pis is made. We’re pleased to announce that we’re curating this year’s Education Summit at the conference, where we’ll offer […]

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Ben Nuttall