Category Archives: Hardware

Using A Joystick On The Raspberry Pi Using An MCP3008

While browsing eBay looking at electronics stuff I found a few interesting items to connect to the Pi. The first item was a small 2-axis analogue joystick. They are similar to the thumb-sticks you would find on a modern games console … Continue reading

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Lumsing 11000mAh Li-on Battery Power Bank Test

Over the last two years I’ve acquired a set of portable USB power banks. These are great for powering the Pi and the larger ones can keep a Pi running for many hours. In previous posts I’ve tested standard AA … Continue reading

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BerryClip Assembly Articles, Videos and Reviews

This page aims to collate a set of videos and website articles created by other people showing BerryClip and BerryClip+ related assembly guides, reviews or projects. Hopefully this will make it nice and clear for Pi fans who are little … Continue reading

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HDMIPi Raspberry Pi HD LCD Screen (Beta)

Alex Eames from very kindly gave me a beta version of the HDMIPi screen for the Raspberry Pi along with some stickers*. This was a project funded via a successful Kickstarter campaign which aimed to raise £55,000. In the end … Continue reading

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DigiMakers Bristol – 22nd March 2014

We attended another excellent Digi Makers event held at the @Bristol centre. It’s always nice to wander around and look at the various activities but I also signed up my son for a couple of the workshops. They suggested using SD … Continue reading

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DigiMakers Bristol – 1st February 2014

Despite the threats of floods and road closures we headed into Bristol today to take a look round the DigiMakers event at At-Bristol. The last one we attended was great fun and my son enjoyed the Scratch workshop with robots. … Continue reading

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Berry Bookies – A Horse Racing Game For The BerryClip

Jim Flewker, a retired languages teacher, has written a horse racing game in Python for use with the BerryClip addon board. In the game you select one of six horses using the BerryClip button and then wait for the result of … Continue reading

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Holux Bluetooth GPS Module And The Raspberry Pi

Back in the old days I had an Acer N50 Premium PDA. For the youngsters out there it was like a Smart Phone but without the phone bit, the capacitive touch-screen, memory, apps, GPS or battery life. I mainly used … Continue reading

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Free Your Raspberry Pi Serial Port

By default Raspbian configures the Raspberry Pi serial port (GPIO14-GPIO15) to provide boot-up information. It also allows you to login via a connected device. If you need to use the Pi’s serial port for something else (i.e. a specific add-on … Continue reading

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GertDuino Getting Started Tutorial – Hello World

In my Introduction to the GertDuino I explained how it allows the Pi to compile and send code to an Atmega328 micro-controller. In this post I will explain the steps you need to take to get it up and running … Continue reading

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