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Use the Raspberry Pi as a PLC for Automation

If you thought the popular single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is suitable only for children learning to write programs in computer languages, you need to think afresh. Vytas Sinkevicius is using the RBPi as a PLC for applications in automation. Increasingly, others are also using the RBPi as a PLC replacement in automation applications. Basically, the RBPi replaces the actual PLC, and works as the main controller. The design specifications for the RBPi PLC are: 8 digital Inputs Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi Shake 4D Detects Earthquakes

Recent years have seen a rise in the interest of home automation and devices for local environmental monitoring. More people are now using solutions related to home science, such as weather stations. Not only does this help in better understanding of the factors that affect local environments, these solutions also offer accurate information in real-time. With the help of these home science devices one can measure what so long one could only feel and sense. Although this includes air temperature and Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi and Automated Greenhouse

Many people set up greenhouses to grow tropical plants that need plenty of warmth and moisture. Usually these areas are enclosed in steel bracings holding glass/plastic panels that allow sunlight in and prevent moisture from going out. Greenhouse owners control the temperature by opening panels to allow ventilation. In winter, maintaining temperature could be difficult without use of heaters. Manually controlling temperature and humidity could be a tedious task taking away from the actual task of Read more [...]

The CHIP Computer Rivals the Raspberry Pi

Since the 2010s, there has been a new wave of single board computers smaller than the credit card able to perform like any major computer. Offering a range of tinkering and educational adventures, two of the most popular SBCs, the Raspberry Pi and the CHIP computer, are two unique products. While the Raspberry Pi or RBPi was the product of a UK nonprofit supporting children’s education, the Chip started as a successful Kickstarter project that raised more than two million dollars. The RBPi family Read more [...]

A Music Server on Your Raspberry Pi

If you are looking to create a music server on your Raspberry Pi (RBPi), Volumio may be a suitable choice. Although several websites give perfect instructions for setting up the RBPi as a media center for watching films and video series, very few provide solutions for audiophiles who would prefer to have a server dedicated to music. Volumio is available as a Raspbian distribution. Using the application, one can manage the entire music library on a single device attached to the RBPi. Being very easy Read more [...]

Keeping Your Raspberry Pi Cool

Any PC motherboard is practically useless until you add some cooling and other accessories. This is because modern processors require cooling as they generate heat when operating. This is regardless of whether the processor is an x86, x64, an ARM based system such as the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), any other Linux or Android chipset, MIPs, or belonging to any other design. The general explanation is the internal circuitry within the processor is microscopic and does not have the adequate surface area to Read more [...]

Blinkt! is Compatible with the Raspberry Pi

If you are keen on learning how to control RGB LEDs with the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) single board computer, Blinkt! provides a simple way to interface. Blinkt! is a strip of eight superbright RGB LED lights that you can connect to the RBPi without wires, so it is an easy way to start. Blinkt! Has a female connector that matches the male GPIO connector on the RBPi, and that allows the tiny LED board to sit atop the RBPi. The RBPi can individually control each of the eight APA102 RGB LEDs on the Blinkt! Read more [...]

Your Own Home Assistant with the Raspberry Pi

In the past one year, several off-the-shelf home assistants have made their way to the market. Some of the most famous of them are Siri, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. For people too lazy to move, it is a pleasure to simply announce, “…, resume my audiobook“ or, “…, turn off the bathroom light,” and let the assistant do their bidding. In this melee of big names, there are several home-brew variants as well, some of them built on to single board computers such as the Raspberry Pi (RBPi). Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi Drives the Oton Glass

Imagine standing in front of several road signs but unable to locate the one you want, because they are all written in a foreign language. This is the job for the OTON GLASS, a device to capture the image, translate it to a language of your choice, and read it to you in your ear. Not only will this help travelers abroad, but also help people with poor vision and those suffering from dyslexia. Oton Glass is the effort of Keisuke Shimakage, who says he was inspired to develop the device by his father’s Read more [...]

ASUS Tinker Board Competes with the Raspberry Pi

With the advent of the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), the popularity of single board computers (SBCs) has risen rapidly over the last five years. The RBPi has easy software and a low price that has won it a vibrant community consisting of not only coding hobbyists, but also teachers and children, whose minds and hearts it has captured. This success of the RBPi has led to scores of other vendors pitching in with their SBCs. Among them, ASUS is the latest with its Tinker Board SBC, challenging the RBPi. The Read more [...]