Torbay Raspberry Pi jam – Paignton Library 13:00 to 15:00
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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 →
As I am part of the team that run the Torbay Pi Raspberry Pi jam. This is a call out for anyone who would like to either do a demonstration or do a talk at a future pi jam,.
So, If you would like to do a talk or demo or can help in other ways please get in touch,
For anyone who missed out today, we had another great pi jam, Big thank you to those that turned up and the 4 young people who also made it.
Again today was a good mix, Tom demonstrated his latest project: a face with a built in webcam that can track a coloured ball using OpenCV! This uses both Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
One of the young people showed me the
bg commands, so my pi-liter project can now run but be put in the background, while it runs. I showed him the
cowsay command, and one of the other young people got
cmatrix working. These young people are uber L337.
I attempted to install Skype from Ubuntu software centre, failed, tried to download and then tell the installer to run through software centre, that failed, so just used
dpkg and it worked fine without problems! I put a few notes on my website about this.
We could now do with more monitors and Pis, so we can get more people set up with Pis. I think we may have a few laptops at a future jam.
For anyone who missed out today, we had another great pi jam, Big thank you to those from the Lug that turned up and the 4 young people who also made it.
Again today was a good mix, tom demonstrated his latest project a face with a built in webcam that can track a coloured ball using open CV, this uses both Raspberry Pi and Arduino.
One of the young people showed me the fg and bg commands, so my pi-liter project can now run but be put in the backgroiund, while it runs. I showed him the cow say command, and one of the other young people got cmatrix working.
I attempted to install scratch from ubuntu software centre, failed, tried to download and then tell the installer to run through software centre, that failed, so just used dpkg worked fine without problems.
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.
Still with tom, we had handy (robot arm controlled from scratch) and Bob the robot which as arduino at its heart.
We also had Lego Rovers Devon make an appearance, amazing what you can do with lego and the nxt block
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
Scratch game created by one of the young people.
This is the new Raspberry Pi compute module courtesy of Gordon Henderson
Trevor sharp had a Self made IO board on show
Demo of my own Pilte, More info on my website at http://www.zleap.net
Minecraft on the pi
Arduino based distance measuring project using the ultrasonic module HC-SR04
Simons pi powered music chimer.
Fab lab was open, showcasing the range of things that can be made with some of their kit
If you are using xubuntu 14.04 then pressing print screen takes a screen shot of the WHOLE screen, this is fine in some cases but gets a pain if you want to write documentation or want to grab an application window.
The solution is to change thekey bindings
Click on Settings manager
Search for keyboard
Click the short cuts tab
You then get a screen like the one above. if you look at
xfce-screenshooter -w (-w means window) by default this is set to Alt-print screen to trigger. I have already changed it, so click where it says Alt-print and change it to print. you may have to change the one above to something else otherwise they clash.
Press close and when you press print screen it should grab the current window.
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.
Fuze box running Minecraft Pi and Fuze Basic.
The Glockenspiel was again there along with the other projects from a local school teacher.
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.
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 🙂
This is a video from Tom Brough with his new robot (bob) that was demoed at the pi jam in March.
Note : This is Arduino based not Pi based, but the two can really complement each other hence we have Arduino add on boards such as the Gertduino.