Win a SenseHAT for the Raspberry Pi with The Pi Hut

This just turned up in my inbox, so I thought I’d share for those of you reading my blog on this wet (in the UK) Bank Holiday.

The Pi Hut is currently running a competition, ending Tuesday, to win a brand new SenseHAT board. I covered the launch of the SenseHAT with a review and gave it 10/10. It’s a stunning board covered with sensors and a bright 8×8 LED matrix. So, if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning one, all you have to do is one of the following things:

  1. Join The Pi Hut’s Facebook page and share one of the promotional posts to your friends.
  2. Follow The Pi Hut on Twitter and re-tweet one of the promotional tweets.

You never know… you just might win!

And don’t forget, Jamie’s also running a 10% off everything sale until Tuesday morning!

Programming autonomy with the Raspberry Pi and the GoPiGo

Dexter Industries’ GoPiGo is a great robotics kit for the Pi. They’ve done several tutorials based on the kit, but this one caught my eye. This code teaches the robot how to be ‘autonomous’ to a certain extent. It allows the robot to keep moving and avoid objects by ‘looking’ left and right and then choosing the correct direction to go according to whether it detects an object in that direction. Take a look at the tutorial here or watch the video below.

The Pi Hut – 10% off Bank Holiday Weekend SALE


Just thought I’d spread the good news. The Pi Hut has just announced a Bank Holiday Weekend sale. You can get 10% off everything this weekend. Brilliant deals to be had on:

And, of course, lots more. Head over to The Pi Hut now to take a look.

Artificial pancreas for diabetics run by a Raspberry Pi

This blew me away when I read it.

Seattle-based Dana Lewis suffers from Type 1 Diabetes, and has done since she was 14. One of the issues facing diabetics is that during the night, despite having all kinds of different monitoring equipment, it is all too easy for the sufferer to not be woken by the alarm, leading to them feeling unwell in the morning, or possibly even dying during the middle of the night. To solve this, Lewis and her then-fiance (now husband) Scott Leibrand concocted a monitoring system that would keep an eye on her glucose levels and then recommend an insulin dose to the injection device she wears. After prototyping the device, which they dubbed the DIY Pancreas, and requiring Lewis to press a button to administer the dose, they realised that they had an algorithm they could use that could learn from her habits and get the dose right 100% of the time. They used a Raspberry Pi to receive data from the monitor, control the algorithm and then issue commands to the insulin pump automatically, thus enabling Lewis to sleep soundly.

They are now supporting other diabetics who are seeking to ‘close the loop’ on their treatment.

Read more on this amazing project at Business Insider and take a look at their blog for the full story.

Upcoming events in Cambridge for @Raspberry_Pi enthusiasts

Hi everyone. Just wanted to share news of a couple of upcoming events in Cambridge. You probably already know about them, but just in case!

Cambridge Raspberry Jam – 12th September

First up, we have our traditional CamJam on the 12th of September at the Institute of Astronomy. We’ve got a great line-up of talks which should be fun, educational and informative. The timetable of talks is available here. We also have a soldering workshop going on throughout the day – Pimoroni are running that. Our Marketplace will be bustling with the following vendors: The Pi Hut, 4tronix and Pimoroni. And, of course, we have Show and Tell going on all day with various projects from art to robotics. You can book tickets here.

Pi Wars – 5th December

Our challenge-based robotics competition will take place on 5th December at the Cambridge Computer Laboratory. 32 teams will compete for prizes over 7 different main challenges, with lots of other side-challenges happening at the same time. We will have a robotics Show and Tell all day and there will be an extensive Marketplace area with all your favourite vendors. You can find out more about the competition from our website here. You can buy spectator tickets for the day here.


Myself and co-organiser Tim Richardson really hope a lot of you can make it to these events!