Pat Whens has posted a tutorial in which you can track aircraft in real-time from your Raspberry Pi using a $10 Software Defined Radio (SDR) dongle. It also uses flightaware.com’s API. You can read more about how to do it yourself on his blog.
In order to understand how volcanic eruptions occur, Dr Carolyn Parcheta has developed a wall-climbing robot to map volcanic vents. Powered with a Raspberry Pi, the robot is attached with an umbilical for data and power and is then lowered into the vent. It then uses some kind of 3D mapping technology to build up a 3D picture of the vent. Thanks to the the Raspberry Pi Foundation for this story which it covered on their blog.
Supported by the Mexican government, Newcastle, England-based artist Diego Trujillo Pisanty has created a device that prints out documents and then immediately destroys them in a flash of flame and smoke. It was inspired by what happened with Edward Snowden and the NSA and also takes it’s cue from James Bond and Mission Impossible. You find out more at vice.com.
TechCrunch’s John Biggs interviewed the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s Eben Upton on stage during TechCrunch Disrupt in London. During the interview, Eben shows off the new 7-inch wide VGA capacitive touch panel DSI display and discusses other topics such as the relative failure of the model A (only selling 100,000 compared to almost 4 million of the model B), the upcoming model A+ and their educational work such as Picademy. They also have a play with the PiTop, which is a current crowdfunding campaign for a Raspberry Pi-filled laptop. The original article on TechCrunch is here and you can see the interview below.