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Bristol Mini Maker Faire 2013

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The Bristol Mini Maker Faire was held on 23rd March 2013 at the M Shed on the waterfront. It was my first maker faire and my main objective was to hear Eben Upton from the Raspberry Pi Foundation speak. The … Continue reading

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Running a Raspberry Pi from 6 AA Batteries

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Interfacing a Raspberry Pi with a Radio Controlled car was on my list of projects so I need to experiment with powering the Pi from batteries. I had a number of basic requirements. Use AA batteries as I already had … Continue reading

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Gertboard – The Ultimate Raspberry Pi Add-on Board

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The Gertboard is an add-on board designed by Gert van Loo who is also one of the hardware engineers involved in the original design of the Raspberry Pi. The board was originally sold by Farnell/Element14 in kit form but has … Continue reading

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Matrix Pi – Running CMatrix on the Raspberry Pi

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Ignoring the fact that they made the mistake of turning a two film story into three films, The Matrix is cool. Regardless of what my wife says. So I decided it was vital that I get the Matrix text “rain” … Continue reading

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Ultrasonic Distance Measurement Using Python – Part 1

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LEDs, buzzers and switches are the most common items people attempt to interface to their Raspberry Pi’s. Something I found in eBay that is a little bit different is an ultrasonic measurement module. This allows you to measure the distance … Continue reading

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Essential Tools For Raspberry Pi Electronics Experiments

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Lots of people experimenting with the Raspberry Pi already have a box full of tools suitable for electronic hardware projects. However if you are just starting out you may be wondering what you need to get up and running. This … Continue reading

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Bristol Raspberry Pi Jam – October 2012

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On 15th October Bristol held its second Raspberry Pi Jam at the Bristol & Bath Science Park. The event was attended by over 100 people and included some weird and wonderful project demonstrations. The plans were disrupted with the almost … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Revision 2.0 Photos

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My Raspberry Pi Revision 2.0 arrived from Farnell today. I almost fainted when I saw the word “China” on the label but luckily the white box contained a Revision 2.0 board stamped “Made in the UK”. This means it was … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Speakers & Analog Sound Test

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I decided to attach some speakers to my Raspberry Pi. I didn’t want to spend much so I picked up a pair of stereo speakers from my local Poundworld. They cost £1 exactly. They aren’t exactly the sort of speakers … Continue reading

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My Raspberry Pi LEGO Case

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In order to make my Raspberry a bit easier to handle and give it a bit of weight I decided to make a temporary case. It needed to be complete in five minutes, cost nothing and allow for a certain … Continue reading

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