Try out this alternate GUI environment on the Raspberry Pi

Mark Williams has written a tutorial in which he downloads and compiles an alternate X-windows desktop environment called ‘matchbox-desktop’. It is a very minimal environment but works well with small touchscreens such as the PiTFT or the PiScreen. Read the tutorial here.

Mark is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for BerryIMU which is a tiny combined accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer. I want to put one on the Picorder, so I’m very keen that it succeeds. Take a look at the campaign here.

Raspberry Pi Foundation seeks help at Bett 2015

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just posted on their blog about The Bett Show. They are looking for help to populate their stall with experts and educators. Here’s who they are looking for:

We are looking for members of our wonderful community to help us run workshops, give talks or demos and be a part of sharing what we do with teachers and technicians. Teachers, Raspberry Pi certified educators, digital leaders, technicians, academics, parents, code club mentors, workshop leaders, Raspberry Jam event organisers, or Pi enthusiasts.

Bett runs from Wednesday 21st January to Saturday 24th January 2015 and you can read more about the event, and how to get involved here, on the Foundation’s blog.

Adventures with an iPad controlled Raspberry Pi robot

Richard Saville, aka the Average Man, got himself a robotics kit from Dawn Robotics, assembled it and downloaded a pre-built image. He now has a robot that he controls via an iPad, which he takes to Raspberry Jams. He’s written up the process of getting the whole thing working and posted it on his blog. It’s an interesting blog post if you’re into robotics, especially if you want an easy way to get started.