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Thanks to everyone who entered our Raspberry Pi B Plus competition last week. We asked you submit your project ideas for the B Plus and below are the element14 staff picks.   Gavin Barker “To monitor and control the temperature and humidity using fans and lamps in my self built biltong making cabinet. (Biltong is raw beef that is spiced and cured by drying - and delicious!)”   Nick D “Our project would automate a tropical aquarium with a feeder, ph sensor, humidity ...
  Creativity is something we are all born with, a passion to explore and experience the unknown so that we can understand and push it's boundaries. Without creativity we would not have some of the greatest inventions known to mankind, take for example Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions based on his observation of animals and nature. Fast forward to the present day and children are the heart of creativity, loving nothing more than experiencing the joy of play. For this generation of chil ...
I2PBerry is a Raspberry Pi distribution that comes pre-installed with I2P network software. (via Sourceforge)   The days of surfing the dark waters of the under-web using the controversial Tor network may be coming to an end thanks to the ever-popular I2P network. Tor, free software that helps people become more anonymous online, has undergone increased scrutiny over the years by the NSA and other intelligence agencies for shady and outright horrific dealings, including being able to hire ...
Sorry forgot to link the video I made as well...enjoy   ...
You may have heard that there’s a new Pi in town. The Raspberry Pi B+ launched on July 14th 2014, the first major update to the credit card sized computer that changed so much in the world of electronics when it first launched two years ago.   We wanted to make sure that our element14 Community members and social media followers had the chance to be among the first to get their hands on it. So, we decided to give 100 away. We couldn’t just go out on the street and hand them ou ...
shabaz

Mains power control

Posted by shabaz Top Member Jul 13, 2014
(This post was prompted by seeing a recent kickstarter project that some people may wish to use for direct mains control.).   It may be obvious, but using prototyping strip-board is not advisable for mains control. It may not injure you, but may kill others who use the project, leaving you morally and legally liable. Some less obvious things to non-engineers are things like strain relief, flame retardant materials, poor crimps, insulating barrier requirements and use of badly rated/desig ...
We just started a great open source project:   RFberryPi is a new wireless system to build custom home automations network. No more limits with open source software and architecture!   If you are interested have a look on the campaign:   https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1641934337/rfberrypi-a-radio-shield-for-raspberry-pi-home-aut   Here a video which shows the functionality of the system:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v7xaAFmdN8U&feature=youtu.be ...

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