West Sussex-based Lincoln Binns has announced the launch of their new industrial-strength Raspberry Pi enclosure. They have developed other industrial cases previously but this is the first time they have brought all the ports round to the same side of the case. The new metal case, called the Pi-Box Pro, comes with an ‘extender board’ which plugs into the HDMI and microUSB ports on the side of the Raspberry Pi and brings them to the front for ease-of-access in an industrial situation. The case is available in black and silver varieties and costs around £20+VAT (volume purchases of the case result in lower prices).
You can see how the case solution is put together in the video below:
Chichester University Outreach and Raspberry Pi Community veteran Carl Monk are organising the very first Bognor Regis Raspberry Jam on Saturday, 9th December. The event, which runs from 1-4pm, is starting out as a Show and Tell afternoon at which exhibitors can show off their creations to visitors, both experienced and beginner. You can get free tickets to attend the Jam by visiting Eventbrite.
Carl is looking for volunteers and helpers to run the event, so if you’re available please contact him at email@example.com.
Following a successful Kickstarter, Mime Industries are now starting to deliver their interesting robotic arm kit, the MeArm Pi, an update to their previous MeArm. The new kit comes with a HAT to control the arm via two mini joysticks and the arm itself has been completely redesigned to be much easier to assemble and use. In a recent issue of The MagPi, the magazine team reviewed the MeArm Pi and now they’ve published the article online – you can read it here.
Joe Birch‘s family is predisposed to failing eyesight. As a result, he decided to build the BrailleBox – a motorised Braille creation device which reads in online news stories and converts them into patterns for the blind. Solenoids were used to project upwards small wooden balls into the patterns which represent letters. The software end uses AndroidThings. The main script runs on start-up and a button press is detected which triggers the retrieval of a news item and the automatic translation.
You can see it in action below:
Thanks to Raspberry Pi for spotting this one.
Michael Darby wanted to create an “artificial life” project. So, he took a Raspberry Pi 3 and a Unicorn HAT and created a Python script to do it. He had the following goals:
- Create a number of artificial lifeforms that can move around a board and have colour/movement properties assigned to them via 3 random numbers; the ‘DNA’ of the life-form – and display them onto an easy-to-observe output.
- Have those artificial lifeforms be able to interact with each other to ‘breed’ and pass along their traits to offspring, as well as ‘kill’ each other to keep the population in check.
- Have random chance for ‘genetic chaos’ whereby instead of passing along a life-form’s properties to its offspring a random number is inserted into the offspring’s ‘DNA’.
- BONUS – plug the code into the Minecraft API and see what random patterns of blocks can be spawned from the artificial life-form’s movements and properties.
The script takes in the following parameters:
- Number of lifeforms to start with.
- The speed of the program.
- The maximum number of lifeforms that can be ‘on screen’ at any one time.
- Maximum lifeform lifespan.
- An “aggression factor” controlling how likely a lifeform will be to attack another.
It’s a wonderful project and you can read more (and download the code) here.
One would imagine with a bit of adaptation, you could use the same script with the Unicorn HAT HD and get even better results.
California-based Richard Arellano has developed this lovely live-action Star Wars duel. It features a Raspberry Pi with camera module pointing at two Star Wars figures of Yoda and a Sith Lord. These figures are sat on a motor a-piece and you can control:
- The lighting
- Which character takes a light sabre swipe at the other
- The message that appears on the LCD screen.
You can have a go yourself by visiting Richard’s interactive website.