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I know these things are two-a-penny now, but here's my Pi powered Mame table. Instead of buying furniture at Ikea I decided to buy a table at a charity shop and upcycle that.   I'd previously built a Picade Console, and was using that for donor parts: arcade buttons and joystick, and the Picade card which converts the button pushes to keyboard presses.   I cut holes in the table, sanded it down and sprayed it blue. The plywood table top didn't like having big holes drilled into it an ...
The primary advantage of the Raspberry Pi NoIR camera is seeing in complete darkness. By using an Infrared light source - completely invisible to the human eye - images and videos can be captured with no visible illumination whatsoever.   This video was shot in complete darkness with the new NoIR V2 camera. All illumination comes from two Infrared LEDs powered from the Raspberry Pi itself. It's an example of a common use of night vision - security and surveillance.   A rather shifty ...
No I.R. Despite its name, the new NoIR V2 camera for the Raspberry Pi isn't something designed for filming 1940's mobster movies. What makes it special isn't an additional feature, but rather what it lacks. Most digital cameras are designed to capture images in the same spectrum of light as a normal human eye, producing realistic photos and videos. While cameras can view light outside of this range, filters are use to ensure that only the desired light makes it in the final image. The NoIR ca ...
I’m building a home automation project which connects a Raspberry Pi to control my central heating. I wasn’t particularly happy ripping out all the existing controls, and wanted to piggyback onto them.. which helps if the Pi ever fails (I’ve still got the old controls to fall back on).   I also didn’t want to mess with the existing heating control board, so bought a duplicate unit (British Gas UP2) from eBay for about £12.. I can perfect the project on that, an ...
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PiSP Pocket

Posted by theluthier Apr 10, 2016
About 6 months ago, I stumbled onto the Ben Heck Show and binge-watched several episodes before deciding to try some hardware modding myself. Here's my first project: The "PiSP Pocket"! I.e. a raspberry pi crammed into a gameboy pocket. The Pi-inside-a-GBP isn't an original idea but I think the dual analog sticks is unique, at least in terms of execution. I was inspired by this photoshopped image. The specs: Raspberry Pi 3 Model B RetroPie 3.6 2.2" SPI TFT display 32 GB microSD storage 3000 ...
The Raspberry Pi camera is an awesome piece of kit and can really liven up your next project. But how can you get started with it? Well let’s grab a camera, Pi 2 and a few cheap components and build three projects based on the camera. Setup Installing the camera is quick and easy and to start the installation firstly you will need to locate the black connector marked CAMERA between the HDMI and Ethernet ports. Carefully lift the top and bottom edges of the connector vertically, ...
Need to know the distance to the sun in centimeters, what weather it will be tomorrow or turn on the lights using your voice? Or perhaps you just need someone to talk to at night, when working on your projects? With Amazon's Alexa Voice Service on the Raspberry Pi Zero, this is now a reality, at a very affordable price!   Using a Raspberry Pi Zero, a USB sound card, speaker, microphone and a huge button, I created my personal assistant!     For instructions on how to reprod ...
Introduction  New age gaming is all about new technology and advanced peripherals or toys and has given rise to things such as motion gaming. The old arcade games with a big machine with large buttons and 8 bit graphics and sounds brings backs so many memories of childhoods passed which need to be relived sometimes. The proposed project is about breathing life into the old and bulk arcade machine which was a great source of entertainment (with a bit of nostalgia). “Punch it up” ...
I've been asked to look into "enchanting" some objects for a workshop up in Leeds at the end of the month so I thought I'd do some research into different tools to use.   Software I've already used Python and that has good support for the GPIO with libraries such as Ben Nuttal's GPIO Zero. GPIO Zero: Developing a new friendly Python API for Physical Computing - Ben Nuttall I had a play with that and it is simple and intuitive. There's lots going on under the surface but the API is clean ...

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