Pi Wars tickets still available

Tickets for the Pi Wars robotics competition are now available.

Competitor tickets are currently sold out. However, we hope to increase this number so please do join the waiting list. Competitor tickets are £5 when available.

Tickets for spectators are also available, at £3 each (children aged 16 and under, as always, go free).

More details and links to Eventbrite to register are available on piwars.org.

Build a camera module project with this new Raspberry Pi prototyping board

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.

New release of NOOBS and Raspbian for the Raspberry Pi

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.