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Exeter Raspberry Pi Jam 06/09/2014

Saturday 6th September 2014 saw another Raspberry Pi Jam in Exeter take place and what a great turnout there was!

At today’s Jam, there was lots of teaching going on with the introduction to Raspberry Pi course going on in the Fab Lab and there was even more teaching going on in the Meeting Room where the rest of the Jam took place. Continue reading

Pi jam Write up July 14

Just got back from the Raspberry Pi jam in Exeter and have included a few photos below of some of the things on show.

 

First off is Tom Broughs Excellent Wii remote scratch game,  this uses Python to take input from the wii remote via bluetooth and pass it on to scratch, so that the cat can be controlled to move around and catch / eat falling fish.

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Still with tom, we had handy (robot arm controlled from scratch) and Bob the robot which as arduino at its heart.

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We also had Lego Rovers Devon make an appearance,  amazing what you can do with lego and the nxt block

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We also helped Chinna out with his buggy made from an old remote control car and raspberry pi.

Chinnas Blog can be found here

http://scientistnobee.wordpress.com/2014/07/05/raspberry-pi-spotter/
And a link to github for the code
https://github.com/scientistnobee/Raspberry-Pi-Spotter

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Scratch game created by one of the young people.

 

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This is the new Raspberry Pi compute module courtesy of Gordon Henderson

 

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Trevor sharp had a Self made IO board on show

 

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Demo of my own Pilte,  More info on my website at http://www.zleap.net

 

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Minecraft on the pi

 

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Arduino based distance measuring project using the ultrasonic module HC-SR04

 

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Simons pi powered music chimer.

 

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Fab lab was open, showcasing the range of things that can be made with some of their kit

 

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Pi jam 22/3/2014

Another month and another trip up to Exeter to take part in a Pi jam.  Again anyone not there missed some really good projects.

Gordon Henderson came along with the fuze box,  fuze basic now integrates with minecraft pi allowing you to write programs that directly control the minecraft world.

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Fuze box running Minecraft Pi and Fuze Basic.

The Glockenspiel was again there along with the other projects from a local school teacher.

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I didn’t demo any of my own projects but did do a quick demo of Sonic Pi and my nested loops program to the lady organising Sidmouth Science week,  My main demo on my pi was the Helicopter game created by Tom Brough.  Who demonstrated his Bob Robot, (see blog for videos that have been previously created)

Tom was also using a digital picture frame to explain how bob works.

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Another project had a LCD display to dispay the local IP address ( I think) of the device on the network

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It is the small box on the right hand side with the green display

In all another successful event and looking forward to the Torbay Jam on 12th April,  Hope to see lots of families, children, teachers and other school staff there.  We need more demos 🙂

 

 
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Exeter Pi jam – 22/02/2014

As always an excellent mix of social activity,  techy talk and great demos.

Highlights are illustrated below with photos.

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Over 1/2 term.  Exeter library hosted an event for children that used the raspberry pi camera to make a video of a puppet theatre.   The top photo was of a screen displaying the result of this work.  It looked pretty good and all achieved with the help of the PI.

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Tom Brough recently aquired a doodle bot,  which is using an Arduino based system to draw.  The picture is of the bot, the holder at the front is for the pen.

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A pi set up.  This was used by several people through out the event, python programming,  and by myself to give a quick demo of scratch.

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The chimer, which will be familiar to regular pi jam visitors has now been expanded further.

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This is another ones of Tom Broughs projects,  Helicopter game, which was also demoed at the Torbay jam.  This has now been set up on my pi too,  but Tom helped me get bluetooth support up and running.

As mentioned,  hopefully see more people at the next event,  you never know who will come or what will be demoed, and as a result you could mis out on some real gems of projects.

Next Exeter jam is 22nd March,   The next Torbay Jam is 8th March ( please see the previous jams page for a write up of the Torbay Pi jam for Feb.)

See you at the next jam.
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PI jam Exeter 23/11/2013

Just got back from the Pi jam in Exeter. Below are some photos / notes from the event.

 

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What the event is all about, the Raspberry Pi.

Upon arrival simon had already set up an interesting demo,

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This project is essentially a frame and windchimes,  being sounded by some motors with wire sticking up, so that when the motor rotates, it hits the chime,  this is all controlled via a raspberry pi, the laptop I think is there to provide a remote link to the Pi.

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The Lego mindstorms robot made its regular appearance.

The website for this is here : http://fullmeasure.co.uk/legoroversdevon

But on a related note these links may be of interest.

http://techcrunch.com/2013/06/11/brickpi/

http://www.dexterindustries.com/BrickPi.html

PIcontrolledcar

This is a hacked radio controlled car with a onboard pi and bluetooth.

Tom brough demonstrated his ball tracking robot and also the wii board controlling the same robot.

Tom's Robot powered by a Pi

Tom’s Robot powered by a Pi

This robot can also be controlled via a wii board.

Mini Mini Maker Faire

Earlier today, Raspberry Pi enthusiast, Amy Mather posted a tweet about a Mini Mini Maker Faire, which is aimed to inspire under 18s to get involved with the Maker culture.

Amy is conducting a survey on when the time is best and if people can help, there is also more information regarding the Mini Mini Maker Faire on the survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1eGMLtlnM-DFEhVZ2PfUmcU5di8V-_xRSEu5kijcWI4c/viewform

 

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Exeter LUG Meet 9th August

Exeter LUG Meet

Friday 9th August 7:30PM

Exwick Community Centre

Kinnerton Way

Exeter

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PLEASE NOTE: THE MAIN HALL IS OUT OF ACTION DUE TO FLOOR REFURBISHMENT AND WE WILL BE IN THE MEETING ROOM, GO UP THE STAIRS, TURN LEFT INTO THE INTERNET CAFE, TURN LEFT AGAIN AND FOLLOW THROUGH THE DOORS.

Hot Drinks will not be available due to no kettle. If you would like a drink there  is a shop next to the Community Centre where drinks are sold.
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Paignton lug meet 13/7/2013

 

 

LINUX USER GROUP MEETING PHOTOS

 

DEMO OF TOMS ROBOT

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Following the laser

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Follow the ball 1

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Follow the ball 2 and 3

What else happened

Raymond had a DOS batfile listing of a program to parse / search his telephone listing files, and wanted help to find a way to do the same thing in bash.

I sort of guessed this could be done with

DOS VS LINUX

find vs Grep

echo vs cat

Thought the following may be helpful

Advanced bash scripting guide

THE NEXT PAIGNTON MEET IS ON

10th August at Centre peace
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