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Raspberry Pi LogoPower A Raspberry Pi For Free With An EE Power Bar

The EE mobile phone network in the UK is offering its customers a free USB rechargeable battery pack. As I’ve tested plenty of power banks in previous posts I’d thought I would see how long it could run a Raspberry … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoSlushEngine Stepper Motor Controller For Raspberry Pi

The SlushEngine Stepper Motor Controller is an add-on board for the Raspberry Pi which allows you to control a number of stepper motors. It has just launched on KickStarter and is already heading towards it’s modest $7,500 target.

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Raspberry Pi LogoBMP180 I2C Digital Barometric Pressure Sensor

The BMP180 device is a digital barometric pressure sensor. This is available on a small module which provides access to the sensor via the I2C interface. This allows us to easily connect it to the Raspberry Pi with a minimum … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoBH1750FVI I2C Digital Light Intensity Sensor

TheBH1750FVI device is a digital light intensity sensor which uses the I2C interface. This allows it to be connected to the Raspberry Pi with only four wires. The module allows quick and cheap ambient light level measurement and the light level can be … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoPiper – The Minecraft Toolbox For Raspberry Pi

Piper is a new Raspberry Pi based toolkit aimed at helping young people learn about technology by using Minecraft as a platform to engage kids in problem solving activities. The product has launched on Kickstarter and is proving extremely popular! There … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoMeasuring Internet Speed In Python Using Speedtest-cli

SpeedTest.net is an excellent website that lets you measure your internet upload and download speed. It’s useful for checking the performance either for fault finding purposes or to see if you are getting the service promised by your ISP. Matt … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoRyanteck Debug Clip Add-on For Raspberry Pi

The Ryanteck Debug Clip is an add-on for the Raspberry Pi that provides a serial interface to another computer via USB. The device pushes onto the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO Header leaving the pins free for other devices and add-on boards. … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Format Pi SD Cards Using SD Formatter

If you attempt to re-use an SD card you might find the usable capacity is less than you were expecting. This can be due to partitions previously configured and some “format” utilities can’t remove them. Raspberry Pi SD cards will … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoDigimakers Bristol – 28th February 2015

Although much of the Pi world was talking about the Birthday Party over in Cambridge some of us helped keep the fires of creativity burning in far corners of the UK. In my case Bristol. Which isn’t really a corner … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi LogoPiJuice – The Portable Power Solution for the Raspberry Pi

PiJuice is a new product being launched on KickStarter on 28th February 2015. It provides a wireless, off-grid power solution to for the Raspberry Pi. It can be used as the basis of a solar powered project or as an … Continue reading

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