Richard Saville, aka The Average Man, has just launched his first Kickstarter campaign.
The ProtoCam is a prototyping board that plugs into the Pi’s GPIO pins and has a mounting space for the camera module.
There are loads of different applications for this board – simply put, anything you want to do with your camera module from adding a flash (lots of ultra-bright blinkies!) to adding a countdown timer to… well, anything you can come up with, basically.
Richard has put together a fantastic Kickstarter page, with lots of detail, and his promotional video (below) is also excellent.
The board costs £8 (rising to £9 post-Earlybird) and comes with all the fixings you need, including a GPIO header and a shorter camera ribbon cable. It’s great value. I’ve already pledged, and I recommend you do too if you’ve got, or are thinking of getting, a camera module.
Visit the Kickstarter page here.
Just a quickie this one. Dave Featherston has taken a Pi, a couple of stepper motors (with driver boards), some wood, some toothpicks and some straws, soldered up a couple of bits of perfboard, added a buzzer and created this rather neat level crossing.
Neil Brown from the University of Kent has interviewed Alan O’Donohoe about Raspberry Jams, including discussing the upcoming York Jam, and has just published it online. Read it here.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a new version of Raspbian is now available, as well as a new version of NOOBS containing that new release. The following features are included in the update:
- New firmware with various fixes and improvements
- Minecraft Pi pre-installed
- Sonic Pi upgraded to 2.0
- Include Epiphany browser work from Collabora
- Switch to Java 8 from Java 7
- Updated Mathematica
- Misc minor configuration changes
You can download the new version from here.