Redwing Pi scripts released

recantha/redwing-pi · GitHub

Following the Milton Keynes Raspberry Jam, and the fair amount of success running the PiPodCorder with a working temperature sensor and LCD read-out, I’ve decided to put the code onto GitHub in the hope that somewhere someone will find them useful!

Groups of scripts in the project include:

  • access_point – turn the Raspberry Pi into a wifi access point (I’m using this to tether a mobile phone to it so I can access the Pi from a VNC session running on the phone. But, the same principle applies for running it as a wifi router)
  • bluetooth – connect devices over bluetooth to the Pi (I’m using this primarily to connect a Rii Bluetooth Keyboard/Trackpad)
  • gpio – various scripts and modules to use the GPIO pins (Other scripts in there include: LCD control for a 16×2 display, LED on/off simple script, read from a TMP102 temperature sensor, read from an SR04 Ultrasonic distance sensor) multimedia – scripts to activate and use a webcam, including motion-detection
  • operating_system – update and upgrade your Pi with ease
  • software – various installation scripts for software packages and projects that run on the Pi
  • wifi – scripts to help you get your Pi running on a wifi network (for instance to run it ‘headless’)

To view the repository and see the code, please visit recantha/redwing-pi · GitHub.


Please note, I am running the Occidentalis RPi operating system distro from Adafruit, so that’s the best route if you want the scripts to work with more certainty.

RISC OS Pi released

Risc OS Open have announced the official release of Risc OS Pi. It’s available to download now (follow the link) and is actually hosted on the Foundation website, although they’ve yet to provide a link to it from their downloads page.

Risc OS used to be all the rage in the 80s/90s and is one of those “nothing wrong with it” operating systems that a) never made it to mainstream and b) you should try just if you like it.

Go get!

RISC OS Open: News: RISC OS Pi released (RISC OS for the Raspberry Pi).

3rd Milton Keynes Raspberry Jam

Fewer people this time at the Milton Keynes Raspberry Jam, which we decided was mostly due to this being most school’s half term (one week holiday, for those not in the UK). However, it was a very busy couple of hours. Lots of projects were shown, including my PiPodCorder.

Other projects which we saw were:

  • Ken Thompson’s work on a museum front-of-house display using hist TBOPlayer.
  • Daniel Bull’s work-in-progress on his Super 8 videocamera.
  • Daniel Bull’s actual working home heating regulator.
  • A work-in-progress on a project to develop a robot hand to operate front-panel computers at the National Museum of Computing.
  • Peter Onion’s work on the Elliott 603 emulator (buzzing and whistling away in the background, it was, reading virtual paper-tape).
  • A quite wonderful project. The first internet-enabled Enigma coding machine. Just fantastic.

Peter also treated us to a mini-masterclass in soldering – how to do it, how not to do it and how not to destroy anything in the process. I’ll post a video here or over at of the mini-course.

Suffice to say, those of us who watched the class got a lot out of it and I fully expect all of us to have soldered something new by the end of the week!

The next Jam will be in November, then Peter’s planning to skip December and hold one in early January and one in late January to make up for it.

Met a few new people at the Jam, including a family from Stevenage who are going to use the Pi during half term for both hardware and software projects.

Also in attendance was David Taylor from Cyntech who have recently started to develop a series of products for the Raspberry Pi including a very fashionable new case. The case is a much snugger fit than the ModMyPi cases and includes a slit on the side for the GPIO cable. We were also given hints at a few of their upcoming products which show that these guys are really thinking about the Pi community and how to support us.