Category Archives: Raspberry Pi

The Raspberry Pi MeARM

Arms are a favorite with robotic enthusiasts. The number of joints in an arm ensures this. For instance, an arm can be made to rotate a full circle, and bend to almost at right angles. Each finger on an arm can be manipulated independently, and each finger can have at least three joints. Therefore, an arm with even two fingers and an opposing thumb can pick up objects—with pressure sensing. A simple project such as an arm can become as complicated as one can make it. The above reasons made the Read more [...]

How to Host XBee Sensors with the Raspberry Pi

Hosting sensors on the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is so simple because the GPIO pins are all available. As most sensors need very little supporting components, hosting multiple sensors on your RBPi is possible. For instance, RBPi can simultaneously host multiple sensors for temperature, pressure, humidity, and other parameters for sampling atmospheric conditions from a weather station. However, the RBPi does not support digitals signals on its GPIO pins. This is one reason the RBPi is so inexpensive. Read more [...]

Name Badge with the Raspberry Pi

For people who interact a lot with others, it helps to build relationships if there is a small gizmo available as a handout. Apart from being a conversation starter, this could also be an advertiser for that upcoming project or story. Most people relish being handed a freebie, and a programmable one-off gadget is one of the best. These were the exact thoughts running through Rob Reilly’s mind when he got a tiny color LCD for Christmas. He conceived the idea of a programmable name badge, as that Read more [...]

A Raspberry Pi Computer in an Altoids Tin

Although Altoids, a brand of breath mints, has its origin in the UK, it is less widely available there than it is in the US. The mints come packaged within a distinctive tin case, which people commonly reuse for different purposes, mainly as a container for small household items such as sewing materials, coins, paper clips, among many other items. DIY enthusiasts often find the tins eminently suitable to contain electronic projects. For instance, Texas Instruments makes the BeagleBones, a single Read more [...]

PiFM: A Pirate Radio with the Raspberry Pi

The popular single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), can work as a radio transmitter as well. Using a simple hack, you can turn your RBPi into a powerful FM transmitter with adequate range to cover a bike parade, high school ball game, silent disco, DIY drive-in movie, or even your entire home. However, the broadcast frequency covered by the RBPi is rather large—one to 250 MHz, and there is a possibility this will interfere with government bands. Therefore, it is advisable to limit the transmissions Read more [...]

A Drone-Disabler with the Raspberry Pi

Drones or quad-copters are now affordable, and it is possible to record unique perspectives using their high quality video transmissions. The FAA calls them the unmanned aircraft systems, and these have started posing new challenges to security, safety, and privacy. Experts have started cautioning pilots to consider the implications of the increase in drone usage. Apart from constant surveillance concerns, it is possible for hackers using roving drones to collect location information from mobile Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi Goes Binocular

This project uses the popular single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) and a spare pair of binoculars to view and take pictures. The LCD on the RBPi is touch enabled to make it easy to capture the images. To start with, you will need the appropriate Operating System for the RBPi. Download the Wheezy Raspbian OS from the Adafruit site, which will make it easy to interface the 2.8” TFT LCD with a capacitive touchscreen from Adafruit. Once download is complete, unzip the image and install Read more [...]

Annoy-Pi: Using the Raspberry PI to Annoy Others

Most of us, as children, have made several attempts at annoying our neighbors. The electronically inclined have attempted circuits producing random chirps, which when hidden in cupboards, produced the most annoying effects. Another was a tiny coin-cell battery operated beeper that produced a beep every minute or so, designed to make people go crazy. Now, you can use the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), the popular single board computer, and try different programs to see which of them can produce the most annoying Read more [...]

Reflow Oven Control with a Raspberry Pi

ntroduction of SMT or Surface Mount Technology components have made it more difficult for Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts to solder these components using a soldering iron. The switch from through-hole components to SMT types had actually made hand soldering easier initially. However, with the introduction of BGA and similar packages that require blind soldering and extremely small packages that are difficult to handle manually, hand soldering with a soldering iron is now practically impossible. Such Read more [...]

New Velocity & RBPi: Charting an undiscovered island

Not many engineers are familiar with cartography, the map-making process. However, with advances in technology, map-making also uses computers, including using them for gathering, evaluation, and processing the source data. Furthermore, cartographers use the computer for intellectual and graphical design of the map, down to the drawing and reproduction of the final document. There is more to cartography than mere map-making. Being an academic discipline in its own right, there exist professional Read more [...]