Brian Corteil and Pimoroni team up to launch Raspberry Pi robotics kit

At Pi Wars, Coretec‘s Brian Corteil showed off his new robotics kit – the Tiny 4WD – on the Obstacle Course. Here’s a video of it in action:

You can now get hold of a kit for this lovely little robot from Pimoroni’s online store. Here is the list of contents:

  • Explorer pHAT with motor drivers and IO
  • Acrylic Chassis with camera mount
  • All the needed nuts and bolts
  • 4x Micro Metal Gear Motor with easy-connect shims
  • 4x Motor Mounts
  • 4x Grippy Moon Buggy Wheels
  • Mini Breadboard
  • Jumper Jerky to hook it all up

You just need a Pi (preferably a Pi Zero W), an SD card and a power source to complete it.

The kit is available for £55 and you can get hold of it here.

See MagPi Issue #51 and #52 for construction and expansion tips.

Brian entering the Pi robotics arena is great news – he brings a “maker sensibility” to this crowded market and teaming up with Pimoroni for fulfilment is a master stroke. Brian is well-known in Pi circles for his maker projects and for bringing Micro Pi Noon to the masses so you can be sure of the quality of the kit and his expertise. And let’s not forget: he’s won his category in Pi Wars for the past two years – this man knows his robots!

Norwich Raspberry Jam – 27th May

Norwich is having a Raspberry Jam on Saturday, 27th May. The event, which runs from 10.30am-5pm is being held at OPEN on Bank Plain. There will be plenty of activities including talks and workshops as well as some show and tell and vendors selling bits and pieces. It looks to be a very big deal for those in the Eastern region, and it should be interesting to see how they get on with attracting people from the area. I’m planning to attend and run a workshop – just waiting to hear back from the organisers! Show and Tellers/Vendors should fill in this form with more information. Parking at the venue isn’t possible but there are plenty of nearby car parks that you can use.

You can get free tickets to the event here.

SenseHAT emulator gets an update – adds movement sensors, 3D model

Last year, Raspberry Pi teamed up with Trinket to launch a SenseHAT emulator. This emulator, which works in your browser, has now been updated. They’ve added the ability to mimic the movement sensors on-board a real SenseHAT. They’ve also added a 3D model of the Pi/HAT hardware so you can drag it around to change the sensor values.

Take a look at the emulator here and read more about the update here.

Steampunk laptop powered by a Raspberry Pi is a work of art

I love a bit of steampunk, so this laptop caught my eye. Okay, so maybe you’d never want it on your lap, per se, but it’s still absolutely gorgeous. “Phrazelle” is the mind behind it and he created it for his girlfriend’s birthday. It has a lovely wooden case, plenty of bits and pieces bought from eBay and Etsy and key-caps to make it look like an old-fashioned typewriter. You can see an image below of the innards:

He’s added a USB hub and generally brought all the ports to where they can be accessed usefully. It’s powered by a special battery pack that outputs 5V, 12V and 9V at the same time! You can check out his build log and how-to by visiting Instructables.

Scary robot uses differential GPS and a Raspberry Pi

Ingmar Stapel has written several tutorials concerning differential GPS positioning using the RTK library. He’s brought it all together for in the process of developing his robot, Big Bob (pictured above). That’s enough to give you nightmares! Take a look at the tutorial guide here.