Blade-runner-inspired VK-Pocket camera

Reading Time: 3 minutes “In the movie, there’s a camera on a stalk which is aimed at the subject’s eyeball, and a monitor showing that eye isolated and magnified. My concept was to have a high-resolution, wide-angle camera, and use the face tracking code to crop and zoom in to any eye it detected. Anyone approaching the machine to…… Blade-runner-inspired VK-Pocket camera weiterlesen

HiFiBerry DAC2 Pro & HD review

Reading Time: < 1 minutes On the more affordable end is the DAC2 Pro. This features a dedicated 192kHz/24-bit DAC, low-jitter clocks, and low-noise voltage regulators, all with the purpose of producing the best sound possible at that price point. It also features a headphone amplifier for convenience. A lot more punch If you’re looking for something a little more…… HiFiBerry DAC2 Pro & HD review weiterlesen

Making makers

Reading Time: 3 minutes The world is full of people who have lost touch with the mechanical roots of technology. They use shiny devices made of glue and glass, with components sealed away and moving parts that are only visible at the microscopic level. They lack heart and soul, and any sense of wonder or joy. The word ‘algorithm’…… Making makers weiterlesen

SystemSix: a modern homage to Macintosh computers

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dubbed a “desk accessory”, it displays the local weather, a calendar, the current phase of the moon, and even the bin collection day, among other things. But what makes it extra-special is that it’s housed on a stylish laser-cut piece of acrylic, bent to allow it to stand. It’s an impressive piece of work. Introducing…… SystemSix: a modern homage to Macintosh computers weiterlesen

Mini pupper robot review

Reading Time: 2 minutes ROS (Robotic Operating System) is the OS installed on Raspberry Pi for Mini Pupper, and Mini Pupper includes OpenCV, SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping), and other navigation technologies. It will create a map of an area, much like a Roomba so that it can navigate it better. Pupper in the window Our Mini Pupper came…… Mini pupper robot review weiterlesen

Pico railway clock

Reading Time: 3 minutes Old timer “We bought a railway station clock from a flea market and were a bit crestfallen when nothing happened when we plugged it in,” explains Martin. “The nice man who sold it seemed adamant that it worked, so after a bit of reading, I found out that it was waiting for a signal from…… Pico railway clock weiterlesen

Super Simple Robotics in The MagPi magazine issue #120

Reading Time: 3 minutes Super Simple Robotics Rolling a wheeled robot around with code is a cool thing to do with Raspberry Pi. Turning a jumble of wires and wheels into a controllable critter is much easier than you’d imagine. This month’s cover feature explains how motors, servos, and sensors all work together. Plus we look at some of…… Super Simple Robotics in The MagPi magazine issue #120 weiterlesen

Win a PecanPi DAC Rev 3.0!

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Save 35% off the cover price with a subscription to The MagPi magazine. UK subscribers get three issues for just £10 and a FREE Raspberry Pi Pico W, then pay £30 every six issues. You’ll save money and get a regular supply of in-depth reviews, features, guides and other Raspberry Pi enthusiast goodness delivered directly…… Win a PecanPi DAC Rev 3.0! weiterlesen

Night camera tracks sleep patterns

Reading Time: 3 minutes While Emilio says he’s in good health, he feels his sleep quality has degraded over the years: “I have been trying to understand why and what could I do to improve it. There is nothing better than waking up in the morning feeling fully recovered and energised!” Bedroom eyes The concept for the tracker came…… Night camera tracks sleep patterns weiterlesen

Raspberry Pi revives a Macintosh SE/30 shell

Reading Time: 3 minutes Looking at Dan Beimborn’s Mac SE/30, you’d think it was worth the outlay. Photographs suggest it’s running fine 33 years on, but that’s not actually true in this case. Instead, this model has been stripped of all its innards and it is running entirely on a Raspberry Pi 4 computer. “I thought it would be…… Raspberry Pi revives a Macintosh SE/30 shell weiterlesen

Hiwonder SpiderPi robot review

Reading Time: 3 minutes The hardware from which SpiderPi is constructed is similar to that of its Hiwonder sibling, TonyPi, reviewed back in The MagPi 111 (magpi.cc/111). Controlled by a 4GB Raspberry Pi 4, SpiderPi’s legs are made from 18 servos – three for each of its six legs – fitted into hinged aluminium frames, giving it a Meccano-like…… Hiwonder SpiderPi robot review weiterlesen

Knight Rider KITT recreation

Reading Time: 3 minutes   “As a kid during the 1980s, I was a big fan of Knight Rider and I remember watching it thinking KITT was the coolest car ever,” says Fred Arias. “I even remember going to Universal Studios in Hollywood, where I got the opportunity to sit inside KITT and talk to him directly. That experience…… Knight Rider KITT recreation weiterlesen

Little Sun Gazer sun tracker

Reading Time: 3 minutes With that in mind, he got to work on a device that could calculate the sun’s position based on a person’s longitude and latitude. Aside from showing the angle of the sun relative to where the viewer is on Earth, he wanted it to show the position of the Earth in relation to the star,…… Little Sun Gazer sun tracker weiterlesen

Arduino Maker Nano RP2040 review

Reading Time: 2 minutes A pair of reset pins are linked to a handy reset button on the top, where there’s also a boot button – held to attach the board as a USB drive to a computer – and a programmable button linked to GPIO pin 20. Other connections include a micro-USB port (for power and connecting a…… Arduino Maker Nano RP2040 review weiterlesen

Meet Alex Schepelmann aka Super Make Something

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Super Make Something is a YouTube channel that aims to teach people about 3D printing, electronics, robotics, and other STEM topics through step-by-step DIY project videos,” Alex explains. “The source code and design files for all of my projects are always released for free alongside my videos, and while it is always cool to see…… Meet Alex Schepelmann aka Super Make Something weiterlesen

Automatically light up your saxophone with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 3 minutes “Chris Croft, a friend of over 40 years is not only the world’s most watched project management trainer, but plays saxophone in a band (lost-at-sea.co.uk) for fun,” Keith explains. “He had someone design a light for his saxophone to illuminate it based on the note he was playing. It’s a great piece of electronics, but…… Automatically light up your saxophone with Raspberry Pi weiterlesen

Pico Unicorn Pack review

Reading Time: 2 minutes You’ll also need to flash Pico with Pimoroni’s custom MicroPython UF2 firmware. This includes the MicroPython module for the Pico Unicorn, which you can import at the top of your programs. While not as sophisticated as the Python one for Pimoroni’s Unicorn HATs for Raspberry Pi computers, it does enable you to set individual pixels…… Pico Unicorn Pack review weiterlesen

GroundBIRD telescope

Reading Time: 4 minutes “The telescope is designed to achieve the highest sensitivity for wide sky observation, with a continuous high rotation speed of 120°/s to suppress atmospheric fluctuations,”  explains Mike Peel, part of a team of astronomers from Japan, Korea, Spain, and The Netherlands who developed and work on the GroundBIRD project. Achieving precise observations with the telescope…… GroundBIRD telescope weiterlesen

Introducing Raspberry Pi Pico W in The MagPi magazine issue #119

Reading Time: 2 minutes Raspberry Pi Pico W Pico W brings a whole new element to Raspberry Pi’s RP2040 development platform. Our in-depth feature covers the specifications in detail, and shows you how to set up Raspberry Pi Pico W with the new firmware, and connect to your local network. Plus we chat to the hardware and software engineers…… Introducing Raspberry Pi Pico W in The MagPi magazine issue #119 weiterlesen

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StackyPi review: An RP2040 microcontroller compatible with standard HATs

Reading Time: 2 minutes Other features include a standard micro-USB port (for 5 V power or connecting to a computer), two tiny push-buttons (including a handy reset), an on-board status LED, and six debug pins. Plug and play? That standard 40-pin GPIO header means you can connect any standard Raspberry Pi HAT, pHAT, or other compatible add-on board. The downside…… StackyPi review: An RP2040 microcontroller compatible with standard HATs weiterlesen

Incredible camera projects

Reading Time: 3 minutes Toy camera The Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera can be used with the CS mount and lenses, but it’s not the only option. As maker Volzo explains, S-mount lenses (ideal for machine vision and infra-red photography) can also be used, which is what he chose for this Raspberry Pi Zero build designed to add zany…… Incredible camera projects weiterlesen