Automated home brewing

The office conversation this lunchtime went a bit like this: Me : “Two beer posts in a week is too much, isn’t it.” Ben : “Maybe.” Me : “OK.

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Learning Python with Raspberry Pi

If you’ve been round here for any length of time, you’ve probably heard mention of Alex Bradbury. Alex is currently polishing off his PhD thesis at the Computer Lab at the University of Cambridge, and he’s been involved with the Raspberry Pi project as a volunteer from our very early days, back when all we had was alpha development boards. Alex is responsible for building and releasing Raspberry Pi’s Raspbian OS images, and maintaining our Debian repository in his (limited) spare time

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Smart kegerator

We first came across kegerators last year : it never ceases to amaze me how many of you use your Raspberry Pis to both simplify and massively overcomplicate your drinking. The kegerator is not a popular device here in the UK, but, judging by the emails I get from readers, there are enough of the things across the pond to get the whole continent of North America very drunk indeed.

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Using Minecraft: Raspberry Pi Edition to get kids computing

After a workshop last week, Clive, our Director of Educational Development, sent me the following in an email: A parent came up to me, and said: “I’m concerned that on Minecraft you can blow things up with TNT, it’s all about destruction, I’m worried about the effect on children…” If you ever want to make a six-foot-one Liverpudlian with a motorcycle cry, just repeat that sentence to him. Clive has been inconsolable for days.

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RasPiO – new breakout boards from Alex Eames

Alex Eames started doing amazing things with the Raspberry Pi very shortly after we launched. He runs RasPi.TV , and he’s become a good friend of the Raspberry Pi project over the last couple of years. RasPi.TV is a really terrific blog and YouTube channel dedicated to all things Pi, and in recent months Alex has also been branching out into Raspberry Pi peripherals: you may well have seen his extremely successful HDMIPi Kickstarter last year

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DoodleBorg: a three-horsepower robot tank

PiBorg are an organisation making add-on boards for your Raspberry Pi. Recently they produced the biggest and most powerful Pi robot we’ve seen so far, using one (six, actually) of their motor boards: the resulting DoodleBorg is a three-horsepower beast powered by motorcycle starter motors.

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