Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Create A Raspberry Pi Video Capture Unit – Part 2

RPiSpy Video Capture Unit

Following on from Part 1 I’ll explain how you can install the Python software and get your own Video Capture Unit up and running.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Create A Raspberry Pi Video Capture Unit – Part 1

RPiSpy Video Capture Unit

One hundred and fifty posts later I decided I should really complete a project I’ve been thinking about ever since I got my first Pi. That is a simple video capture unit that would be able to record video, in a loop, with the minimum amount of hardware and setting up.

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Raspberry Pi LogoNew Raspberry Pi Model A+ Revealed

Raspberry Pi Model A+

Looks like the new Raspberry Pi Model A+ is ready to be released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. As expected it is very similar to the Model B+ with the network socket removed. In this regard it follows the same design principle as the Model A/B boards.

The most noticeable difference is the board size has been reduced making this the smallest Pi yet.

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Raspberry Pi LogoEnabling The I2C Interface On The Raspberry Pi

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I2C is a multi-device bus used to connect low-speed peripherals to computers and embedded systems. The Raspberry Pi supports this interface on its GPIO header and it is a great way to connect sensors and devices. Once configured you can connect more than one device without using up additional pins on the header.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Configure WiFi On The Raspberry Pi

WiFi Config Using LXDE

If you need to connect your Raspberry Pi to a network you’ve usually got two options. A wired connection to the Ethernet port or WiFi via a USB dongle. In this post I’ll show you how to configure a USB WiFi dongle and get your Pi connected in minutes.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Update Raspbian On Your Raspberry Pi

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If you are running Raspbian on your Raspberry Pi you should update it regularly to ensure all the software packages are up-to-date.

It may take ten minutes but it’s generally quicker if you do it regularly as there will be fewer updates to install each time.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Use Wavemon To Monitor Your WiFi Connection

Wavemon Screenshot

While experimenting with an Edimax WiFi dongle on my Raspberry Pi I wanted an easy method to monitor the wireless signal strength as I moved around the house.

The Pi was running from a USB power bank and sometimes this can result in the WiFi dongle dropping the signal. It’s hard to trouble-shoot WiFi issues so I went looking for a simple utility that would constantly report the status of the connection.

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Raspberry Pi LogoDigimakers – 4th October 2014

LEGO Mindstorm Robots

On Saturday I went to the Digimakers event hosted at At-Bristol which is the city’s interactive science centre. I’ve been to a number of these events before and they are always worth a visit. I had my son in tow and I had signed him up for a couple of the free workshops.

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Raspberry Pi LogoProtoCam – A Camera Module Prototyping Board For The Pi

ProtoCam Board

Richard from AveragemanVsRaspberryPi has kindly sent me a preview version of his new camera module prototyping board. This board aims to make it even easier to create camera based projects on the Pi.

The camera is attached to the board using nylon bolts and the prototyping area allows you to add whatever LEDs, sensors, screens and components your project requires.

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Raspberry Pi LogoHow To Get Media Info From Raspberry Pi Command Line

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Whether you are using your Raspberry Pi to play media or create it you may have a need to examine the properties of various bits of media. This might include MP3, MP4 or JPG files.

There is an easy way to examine the properties using a utility called “MediaInfo”. MediaInfo is available for a wide range of operating systems and languages and I use it on my Windows 7 PC.

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