Recording a timelapse with the Raspberry Pi – a long story!

James Mitchell over at Raspberry Jam Berlin has been trying for the past two years to get a timelapse recording of a Ferris Wheel being constructed outside his office. Well, he’s finally managed it! (see above – leave him a thumbs-up and comment on YouTube!). He’s blogged about his trials and tribulations with the project and covered things like defeating reflections and flipping the image to the right orientation and you can read all about it here.

Raspberry PiPod Podcast – Episode 5 – news, products, crowdfunding, events & featured projects

Episode 5 features more news from the world of Raspberry Pi, some new/updated products, upcoming events, several Pi projects including a Nixie Tube tweetbot, a wall-mounted Christmas decoration and a very special soccer ball, plus several Crowdfunding campaigns.

You can subscribe, via RSS/XML, to future episodes by visiting the feed here. The Podcast is also published on iTunes but there’s a slight delay for Apple to catch up!

You can view/download the script from here.

Video version (apologies for the audio sync!)

Audio version

Podcast notes and links

News

Products

Crowdfunding

Events

Projects

PocketLab campaign to fund two sensor-packed devices that can communicate with the Raspberry Pi

Clifton Roozeboom has been in touch. He and the team at PocketLab are currently running a Kickstarter campaign to fund PocketLab Voyager and PocketLab Weather. They are small devices that are packed with sensors and communicate with a host device over Bluetooth.

Clifton has said that they have just enabled Raspberry Pi support. They’ve built a Python library and example code that communicates with the PocketLab devices over Bluetooth LE.

Here is what they have to say about the devices on the campaign page:

PocketLab Voyager is an all-in-one science lab that is capable enough for a professional engineer and simple enough for a 4th grade student. Voyager can measure motion, light, magnetic field, and weather, and you can attach an external temperature probe.

PocketLab Weather is a rugged weather center that can measure temperature, humidity, light, barometric pressure, heat index, dew point and can connect to an external temperature probe. Weather combines precise measurement equipment in a portable device that you can take anywhere.

They are very cute packages that have a lot of capabilities. They have rechargeable batteries inside, making them very portable. You can pledge for the PocketLab Weather for $78 + postage and the PocketLab Voyager for $128. That’s not a bad price range considering the capabilities.

If you’re interested, you can view the campaign video above or visit the Kickstarter campaign page here.

Making a Raspberry Pi motion tracking nerf gun turret

The guys over at YouTube channel Hacker House have used a Raspberry Pi as the brains behind a motion tracking, nerf gun turret. They’ve published a video which shows you how to build the turret and install the software. There are copious notes attached to the video including a full bill-of-materials. This is a great maker project because it brings together electronics, woodwork, programming and 3D printing! Take a look at the video above and visit YouTube for the notes.

New Kickstarter seeks to put Retro Gaming back in your hands via a Raspberry Pi Zero


Recently announced on Kickstarter, the Raspi Boy is a handheld, battery-powered, Raspberry Pi-driven retro gaming console. It comes as a pre-soldered kit to assemble, with a moulded case and custom circuit board. It doesn’t come with a Raspberry Pi Zero due to the lack of availability of multiple units.

Here’s an animated gif of the assembly procedure:

And here’s the finished product:

You can find out more by watching the campaign video at the top of the page or by visiting the Kickstarter campaign page. Currently available is the 59 Euro early-bird before rising to 69 Euros. It’s been pretty popular already with 230 backers at time of writing.