Official Raspberry Pi touch display review

This week saw the launch of the official Raspberry Pi display, so I thought I would write up a quick review to share some of my initial thoughts about the device. Ever since the first version of the Pi there’s been a DSI connector on the board – and although there have been lots of […]

Ryanteck Raspberry Pi Serial Debug Clip review

When building projects on the Raspberry Pi that run ‘headless’ I’ve often found it necessary to connect to the Pi to see what’s going on, work out why it’s not working as I expected or to simply shut it down neatly without yanking out the power cable. There are a few ways to do this […]

Raspberry Pi powered General Election Swingometer

In the UK it’s election time again and the BBC are preparing to wheel out the latest version of their Swingometer. The BBC Swingometer dates back to 1959, and was a visual device for displaying the balance in seats won by the two main political parties. The Swingometer coined a whole load of phrases along […]

£15 DIY usb microscope from StoneTurners

At the Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire this weekend I picked up a £15 microscope kit from the guys at StoneTurners (hello!). This is a hack kit based on a USB webcam where you remove the lens and reverse it to create a cheap microscope. In the box you get a set of parts including […]

ASCII camera with the Holga 120d

So now I’ve finished my digital Holga project, one of the things I wanted to do was to get a bit creative with it – so here’s my first attempt at an ASCII art generating camera. This uses the ASCII art script written by Steven Kay, please visit his blog to find out more – […]

Digital Holga part 3 – taking photos with the inputs

This is my follow up to my previous posts about building a digital camera out of a Raspberry Pi Model A and a medium format Holga 120 film camera. My aim being to build a hackable portable digital camera which hopefully would be able to capture images not possible with a normal digital camera, and […]

How to find a Raspberry Pi on your network

Here’s a quick tip to finding a Raspberry Pi (and anything else) on your network using the nmap network scanning security tool. Quite often you might want to run a ‘headless’ Raspberry Pi without a screen or keyboard, using SSH to connect. SSH can be enabled in the config menu when you first boot the […]

Cheap Raspberry Pi outdoor case

Here’s  a very cheap outdoor weatherproof case for the Raspberry Pi. I’ve been experimenting with the AirPi weather sensor kit (available on Tindie). This is a lovely kit which comes bundled with an air-pressure, humidity, light, temperature, NO2 and CO sensors. The AirPi is fairly easy to solder together and comes complete with some nice […]