Kano the Raspberry Pi go mainstream?

Since its launch the Raspberry Pi has been phenomenally ¬†successful – with over 2 million units of the little computer sold around the world, it’s arguably kick-started a revolution in cheap, educational computing. The only slight worry about this is how many Raspberry Pi computers have landed in the hands of kids (who it was […]

The smallest USB mechanical keyboard in the world*

Sometimes it’s annoying when your favourite old school mechanical keyboard lacks some of the modern function keys that we’ve grown used to using in recent years. Or you might be re-purposing a keyboard for a use it wasn’t really designed for – I have a lovely chicklet keyboard with my Raspberry Pi Motorola Lapdock hack […]

We have lift off!

A while ago as part of my Kickstarter habit I excitedly backed a space program. For the princely sum of $10 I get to control a satellite that’s about the size of a coffee machine for 100 seconds. Sadly Fortunately in this instance the satellite’s functions are limited to sending tweets from space and taking […]

Unipi case (all that’s missing is a fruit logo)

A while ago I backed a kickstarter for an aluminium Raspberry Pi case. Although I’ve already amassed a collection of Pi cases (everything from Lego to a hollowed out Holga medium format camera) this one caught my eye as being a rather beautiful piece of industrial design. They even went as far as quoting me […]

Xtrinsic sensor evaluation board giveaway!

Thanks to the lovely people at Farnell UK I have 4 Xtrinsic sensor evaluation boards to give away. These boards include a stack of sensors (altitude, pressure, magnetometer and accelerometer) attached to a¬†Freescale Freedom Development Platform board which has a multicolour LED and a touch pad. Out of the box the boards show up as […]

Build a Raspberry Pi powered LED web counter

Here’s a little project to build an LED web counter for your blog. Proudly(!) display the number of visitors on a retro LED display, using the wordpress stats API – or potentially using any web accessible stats page. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi (could even be the computer that’s hosting your blog) and a WordPress […]

China to Cheltenham: Great Walls of Fire and Web Tempora

Here’s my post for this year’s Blog Action Day which is my geeky take on the subject of Human Rights. Privacy is one of those human rights that we take for granted. It’s listed by the United Nations as article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary […]

Make any remote into a Pi remote with FLIRC

I recently acquired a FLIRC USB Dongle to use with my Raspberry Pi, and thought I’d post a few impressions of this handy media gadget. FLIRC is a USB programmable adapter that can learn from any IR remote controller. You program the FLIRC using an app running on a Mac, PC or Intel based Ubuntu […]

Having a play with the Pi-Face board

Recently I’ve been sent a PiFace board from the lovely people at Farnell UK – I’m currently working on a slightly silly but hopefully quite fun project with this, but in the meantime I wanted to post up a quick review of the board. The Pi-Face comes fully assembled and features 4 inputs (complete with […]