Rawwwwrgghh! Hacking dinosaurs with the Raspberry Pi

Dr Lucy Rogers got together with a group of makers at Blackgang Chine, a Theme Park on the Isle of Wight, to take control of their animatronic dinosaurs. She and some helpers first of all taught the makers and staff how to do things like hack electronics and program them from the Raspberry Pi before moving onto controlling the big, articulated dinosaur models they had available. Using NodeRED and movement sensors built into the models, they were able to make the dinosaurs react dynamically to the presence of visitors. Read more over at Element14. Great fun!

Stereo depth perception with the Raspberry Pi Compute Module

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has posted a lovely explanation of a project carried out by Argon Design. They were given a Compute Module and development board and hooked up two camera modules to it. They then wrote an algorithm to detect depth using the stereo vision two cameras gave them. Read more about it here.

Surveillance jacket controlled by Raspberry Pi

South Korean artists Shin Seung Back and Kim Yung Hun, together with costume designer Jehee Sheen, have created a jacket embedded with dozens of cameras which can be used to capture a 360-degree picture of the wearer’s environment. At the touch of a button, all the pictures are taken, stitched together into a panorama and then uploaded to the web. Details of how this is put together aren’t available, but we do know that a Raspberry Pi is used to collate the images and upload them. Known as the “Aposematic Jacket”, this is just an art project at the moment! You can see a video of the jacket in action below. You can also visit the artists’ blog to see more photographs of the jacket.