Start Date: 11/25/13 06:00 PM
End Date: 12/16/13 06:00 PM
Kits Offered: 7
by  gpolder  on Jan 13, 2014
Introduction First of all I like to thank Element14 for giving me the opportunity to road test this nice bundle. The bundle was delivered in pieces, and some of the parts, like the camera and case were delayed. Nevertheless I had a lot of fun playing with the different components. For the road test we need to review only the camera. So what follows here is a description of my experiments with the camera. The Pi NoIR (No InfraRed) is the second camera board made specifically for the Raspberry Pi. The only difference compared to the original camera is that the infrared filter has been removed. Frederick Vandenbosch did already a nice review and showed some images of the camera and packaging. this review can be found here: http://www.element14.com/community/roadTestReviews/1638 I will...
by  mcb1  on Jan 29, 2014
Background Each year we have to go to great lengths to disguise the contents of our present placed under the tree, because someone 'feels' their present, and come Xmas day, there is little surprise left. We have resorted to extremes, such as adding bricks, placing in an oversized box, or hiding it until that night, Its even gotten to the stage where I have to withdraw cash several days before, to buy presents so someone can't trace where I have been spending money ...... This year my son came home and introduced a unique alpha numeric code of 6 characters ... to prevent the 'present feeling' In my application I thought if we had photographic evidence of the act, then we wouldn't need to go to such extremes the following years. Package Unfortunately the dispatch got held up, but...
by  firstname.lastname@example.org  on Jan 31, 2014
My thanks for being accepted on this road challenge for the Catch Santa. With Christmas over and a significant delay in receiving the required items lost some of the Holiday spirit of what the challenge first attracted me to. Honestly, besides verifying the received parts, all testing has been performed by my 14 year old son and even though my fingers itched I managed to remain hands free and let him discover the product and learn of its capabilities. He managed to troubleshoot and build the Kit and take some rudimentary pictures and video. For some reason, NOOBS would just not work on the supplied SD card. He ended using rasbian, XBMC and various flavors of android. Unfortunately, the kit did not hold up to an early teens inquisitive nature and after numerous break down and rebuilds...