Crane at Pi Party
Raspberry Pi Controlled Crane We’ve been working on a few fun projects recently. One of our favourites is our Makerspace CPC crane, which we’ve adapted to be controlled by a Raspberry Pi and Astro Pi. This proved to be a big hit at the recent Raspberry Pi 5th birthday party. The […]

Raspberry Pi Controlled Crane


The Allo Sparky SBC The Allo Sparky SBC is a quad core single board computer, with similarities to the Raspberry Pi. We recently received a package containing a Sparky board and a number of other Allo boards which complement the Sparky. The boards we received were:- Allo Sparky – Quad core SBC […]

Allo Sparky – and his magic Piano 2.1 HiFi DAC


JustBoom Audio Cards We’ve recently taken delivery of some excellent new digital audio HATs and accessories for the Raspberry Pi from JustBoom. So, when I was challenged to make use of some of these items to come up with a media streaming solution for our office, I was more than […]

Streaming Media with JustBoom Audio HATs



Sections 2 and 3
Dusting off the 3D Printer Every so often, we feel the need to do a bit of 3D printing. If we needed an excuse this time, it’s because we had just received a new batch of tape which we wanted to try out. On top of that, we’re currently in the […]

Even More Adventures in 3D Printing


Controlling an LED
Some time ago, we had a look at the Udoo Neo (see http://www.makerspace-uk.co.uk/udoo-neo/). At the time, the only operating system available for the Neo was the Udoo version of Ubuntu (called UDOObuntu). However, since then, the makers of the Udoo Neo have released a build of Android Marshmallow. Although this […]

Udoo Neo – Android Now Available


Full Setup
We’re always on the lookout for neat solutions to everyday maker type problems. One of the problems that makers often run up against is how to supply power to a board that needs to be sited in a location away from power sockets; for example a weather station or wildlife camera. […]

Pi PoE Switch HAT



SmartiPi Touch With Pipsta Printer
The SmartiPi Touch is a stand for the official Raspberry Pi 7″ touch screen. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/799765240/smartipi-touch-a-raspberry-pi-touch-stand http://cpc.farnell.com/smarticase/smt2yl/raspberry-pi-touchscreen-enclosure/dp/SC14185 As well as being a really neat and tidy solution for a desk mounted Raspberry Pi and touch screen, it is also wall mountable, has a mount for the Raspberry Pi camera board, and […]

SmartiPi Touch stand for Raspberry Pi 7″ touch screen


Traffic Lights Circuit
Some time ago, we had a look at the BBC micro:bit (see http://www.makerspace-uk.co.uk/microkit-a-low-cost-breadboarding-solution/ and http://www.makerspace-uk.co.uk/bbc-microbit/). Since then, we’ve been spending a little more time exploring some of the things that you can do with it. A lot of these projects involve connecting the micro:bit to other bits and pieces; such as […]

A Selection of micro:bit Projects


Unicorns
Our 3D printer has not had much use lately, due to a number of reasons; the main one being that we’ve simply been too busy with other things. However, we recently received a new sample of masking tape for the print bed, and we thought that this was as good […]

Further Adventures in 3D Printing



A circuit connecting a Raspberry Pi to an LED using a breadboard
Learning to code is an empowering experience and when we add physical computing, using components to interact with the real world, the rewards are greatly intensified. The problem is that there is rather a lot to take in, to turn on an LED with a Raspberry Pi we need to […]

GPIO Zero – Enabling anyone to hack!