Humble Bundle releases a great selection of Raspberry Pi and Arduino books at knock-down prices

The latest Humble Bundle book deal (just a sample of which is shown above) contains several books from Make including “Make: A Raspberry Pi-Controlled Robot” by Wolfram Donat and various other electronics and programming volumes. Well worth a look if you like your books electronic and informative. Visit Humble Bundle here.

Thanks to Doug Gore for spotting this!

Simple GUI for creating stop motion animations with the Raspberry Pi

Martin O’Hanlon, who recently joined Raspberry Pi as a Content and Curriculum Manager, has been playing around with the PiCamera library in conjunction with guizero which helps you to create simple user interfaces. He has created an app that runs on the Raspberry Pi that helps you to create stop-motion animations. You can download the software from his blog where there are instructions and information about how the app was written.

Ocean race team uses Raspberry Pi to collate wearables data

The Volvo Ocean Race is held every three years and covers 45,000 nautical miles in 10 legs. Starting in Alicante, Spain and finishing in The Hague, Netherlands, it takes around nine months to complete with gaps in between legs – sailing teams can expect to spend over 100 days at sea, sometimes up to 21 days at a time.

Team AkzoNobel from Holland, competing for the first time, have a particular interest in how technology can assist the crew. They decided to go with a Garmin wearable to monitor the health of the crew, collecting data on sleep, heart rate and nutrition and a Raspberry Pi server running SAP Leonardo’s IoT platform to collate the data.

You can read more over on TechRadar.

Pi Wars 2019 – dates announced – find out more and apply to enter our international Raspberry Pi Robotics Challenge Competition

Tim Richardson and I are pleased to announce that our next Pi Wars competition will take place on 30th & 31st March 2019. The competition, which has grown substantially since its inception in 2014, last year attracted over 150 applicants for the 76 available places. We are hopeful that we will have a similar response for the 2019 event. 🙂

You can find out more information here and you can apply to enter here. If you have any questions about the competition, please contact us through the Pi Wars website.

Summer digital making festival Raspberry Fields line-up teased by the Raspberry Pi Foundation

Raspberry Pi has announced some more details about its summer Festival – Raspberry Fields.

The event, which is taking place on 30th June and 1st July, will feature an array of exhibits showcasing all kinds of digital making and there will be workshops to take part in as well as talks and showcases to attend. One of the bits I’m most looking forward to is the Ada.Ada.Ada. show which is all based around Ada Lovelace, a woman underappreciated in her time but explored in this live show. You can see a video trailer for the show at the bottom of this post.

For Raspberry Fields, get your tickets here and read more about the announced highlights here.

 

Raspberry Pi and Amazon Alexa come together in this lovely Star Wars Story robot head build

For those of you who don’t follow cinema avidly, I should first of all say: There’s a new Star Wars movie out. This one’s called ‘Solo‘ and is about the early day of everyone’s favourite smuggler Han Solo. By all accounts (though I haven’t seen it for myself), it’s a fast-moving, thoroughly entertaining caper movie. One of the features of a Star Wars movie is the fascinated “droid” (robot) concepts they have in there and Solo is no exception. One of the droids featured is called L3-37 and maker Patrick Stefanski has re-created the head of this robot using a Raspberry Pi. The articulated model uses the Pi plus an Arduino Nano, Neopixels, an audio amplifier and 3D-printed parts. He’s even painted his model to look distressed from its exploits! To finish it off, Patrick has installed the Amazon Alexa software so that the droid reacts to voice commands. It’s a really nice build and you can see it in action below and find out more in the description of the YouTube video.