You can make a strong, stiff case for your Raspberry Pi or other small computer using Coroplast, a plastic replacement for corrugated cardboard. A cheap retractable utility knife cuts Coroplast to shape, and scores it to make bends. Holes for mounting screws are easily punched through with a point. See the full plans here.
Animatronics Course (at Makerspace)
January 28, 2016 to March 24, 2016 (6:30 PM – 8:30 PM)
9 sessions on Thursday
Location: Vancouver Island Technology Park
Instructor: James Jacoby
Expected Class Size: 12
Register at UVIC Continuing Studies HERE
Movie special effects abound with monsters and robots that roar and move and react to people in the scenes with them. Learn how to make your own animatronic creations! This course will teach you how to program the Arduino microcontroller, a tiny computer that can connect to sensors and motors to make your projects light up, react to sounds, move, sense temperature, and all sorts of other tricks. You’ll build a project from scratch—maybe a puppet, robot, a spaceman helmet, or whatever else your creativity inspires. Along the way, you’ll have workshop facilities available to you as a temporary member of the Victoria Makerspace (makerspace.ca) and access to all of the instructional videos from one of the leading special effects studios, Stan Winston Studios, www.stanwinstonschool.com/tutorials.
At the end of this course, you will have the knowledge you need to embed a computer into all of your artistic creations.
Please note: this course will take place at Makerspace at the Vancouver Island Technology Park, 4A – 4476 Markham Street.
Course Includes: Arduino kits, 2 months MakerSpace Membership, 2 months Stan Winston access.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Victoria Computer Club
85A Burnside Rd West (at Wascana), Victoria, BC
Once your SD card is set up and the Pi booted, a powerful but complex command-line world lies behind the deceptively-easy graphical desktop interface. Raspbian is a special version of Debian Linux modified to run efficiently on the Raspberry Pi.
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Cambridge’s world-famous Raspberry Pi has hit new heights – by being blasted into space.
On December 6th an Antares Cygnus rocket carried 2 Pi’s to the International Space Station. Tim Peakes, the first British ESA astronaut, will use the Raspberry Pi for educational outreach.
Your code in space!
Astro Pi Mission
Two augmented Raspberry Pi computers (called Astro Pis) are being flown to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of British ESA Astronaut Tim Peake’s mission. They are both equipped with the mighty Sense HAT that can measure the environment inside the station, detect how it’s moving through space, and pick up the Earth’s magnetic field. Each Astro Pi is also equipped with a different kind of camera; one has an infra-red camera and the other has a standard visible spectrum camera.
How to set up a MicroSD card for the Raspberry Pi
Since 2012, millions of people have used a Raspberry Pi to gain their first experience of programming. Even in our affluent society, the cost of computer hardware is still a factor in everyone’s project. A programmable computer is a luxury for many people, and every extra dollar decreases the chance that a project may be financially viable.
This is all about to change: the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the Raspberry Pi Zero, a full-fledged member of the Raspberry Pi family that costs only $5 (US), breaking the cost barrier in a spectacular manner. Raspberry Pi Zero features:
- A Broadcom BCM2835 application processor
- 1GHz ARM11 core (40% faster than Raspberry Pi 1)
- 512MB of LPDDR2 SDRAM
- A micro-SD card slot
- A mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output
- Micro-USB sockets for data and power
- An unpopulated 40-pin GPIO header
- Identical pinout to Model A+/B+/2B
- An unpopulated composite video header
- The smallest Pi form factor: 65mm x 30mm x 5mm
Images of the new Pi can be viewed online.
Even more spectacular: the Raspberry Pi Foundation is giving away a free Raspberry Pi Zero with each copy of the December issue of The MagPi, its flagship magazine. Subscribers will find a free Pi Zero on the front cover of their print magazine, which also can be downloaded and read free at https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/
Unfortunately, downloaded copies will not feature a free Pi Zero on each front cover. Technological limitations do not yet allow the transfer of physical computers. Maybe one day?
Victoria Raspberry PiMakers And Others will hold its first meeting on Saturday November 14th 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Victoria Computer Club, 85A Burnside Rd W Victoria Canada, and then on the second and fourth Saturday morning of each month. The meeting is open to all people interested in using the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, and other small board computers in their projects and for learning.