This planter-with-personality has an air quality sensor read by a Raspberry Pi

Using a Raspberry Pi Zero W and an SGP30 air quality sensor from Adafruit, one Instructables user, Tim Clem, has created a plant pot with personality. They’ve added a small amp and speaker for sound and a Pimoroni Blinkt for indicator lights. Finding no Python library for the I2C-accessible SGP30, they’ve written their own (which is available on Github). They’ve also added Google Sheet logging for the readings. The real magic came when they added sound effects for when the air quality dropped – they recorded a coughing sound for this which is routed through the amp and speaker. The enclosure is a mixture of wood and acrylic (which keeps the electronic components dry). All the code is available on Github and you can read how to build your own on Instructables. A video of it in action is below:

This robotic button box vomits out joke comics and is powered by a Raspberry Pi

One enterprising programmer has created a Raspberry Pi script that generates random comic strip jokes. They’ve then adapted the script to print out on a tiny thermal printer and wrapped the whole thing up in a laser-cut wooden box. The result is a robot face which ‘vomits’ out the printout through its mouth! You can see details of the whole build process here and see the software, written in Processing, on Github.

Potton Pi & Pints Raspberry Jam – Saturday, 2nd June

Hi everyone. Just got back from a great weekend in Belfast visiting the Northern Ireland Raspberry Jam. Was really great to see everyone at what was an excellent Jam with lots of learning and excitement!

We (Mike & Tim) are holding a Raspberry Jam in Potton, Bedfordshire on Saturday, 2nd June. Although it’s held upstairs in a pub, this is a family-friendly Jam and will be a mixture of Show and Tell and drop-in activities using our pi-topCEED workstations.

If you’d like to attend (and it would be lovely to see you!), please visit Eventbrite and pick up a free ticket (or more!). You can just turn up on the day, but it’s nice to know how many people should be coming!

Augmented reality lamp uses a Raspberry Pi to detect orientation and project images

Nord Projects Lantern “transforms any surface into an ambient, smart interface.”  It uses the Android Things OS and scripts written by Nord Projects to project different images onto surfaces, depending on the orientation of the lamp, which is detected by an onboard accelerometer. They are intending to bring out several scripts for the project including the delightful Space Porthole which projects the night sky onto the ceiling, as if you’d knocked a hole through! You can find out how to build your own over on Nord’s website where they’ve brought together a bill of materials and very clear instructions.

Thanks to Raspberry Pi for spotting this one.

You can see all about the project below:

Custom PCB ISA card uses a Raspberry Pi Zero W to provide a server to a PC/XT

Scott Baker has a vintage computing habit! For his latest project, he wanted to solve the issue of transferring files between a PC/XT and a modern desktop. To do this, he created an ISA card PCB (seen above) which takes a Raspberry Pi Zero W, mounted by the GPIO pins. A 1kb RAM chip allows communication between the ISA interface and the Pi and the Pi runs a Python server that makes local files available to the shared memory on the ISA card. The PC/XT believes that it has a floppy connected, but what it actually has is the Pi server! You can read a lot more over on Scott’s blog and see a video of it in action, along with lots of details, below: