Raspberry Pi Hardware Discussion: Compute Module, HATs, and Model B+

At MakerCon, I had the pleasure of sitting down with James Adams, the Director of Hardware Engineering for Raspberry Pi. We talked about his role in the design of the Linux single-board computer and the newest hardware. Their new Model B+, the HAT specification, and the Compute Module.

James is also on the team behind Slice, the Compute Module-based media player. In our interview, we covered how the process of developing Slice lead to software and hardware improvements in the Compute Module. Come to World Maker Faire New York this weekend to see a prototype of Slice and check out all the Raspberry Pi projects and programming.



Wyliodrin Cloud Programming Supports Pi and Galileo

Wyliodrin is an online service that allows you to visually create applications for Linux development boards and control them from your browser. You can use their service to program a Raspberry Pi and they’ve recently partnered with Intel to allow you to program second generation Galileo boards. Users can start with Visual Programming, a language that’s similar to Scratch. Visual Programming translates into Python or JavaScript, so users can see the code that’s generated.

“The special feature of Wyliodrin is debugging,” said Alexandru Radovici, CEO. “Instead of using consoles or watches windows, Wyliodrin allows users to plot their variables in graphs. This allows a better understanding of what is going on in the program. Instead of listing a lot of numbers, people see graphs.”

As part of their partnership with Intel, if you own a Galileo can get a one year subscription that allows you to use 3 boards and create 15 applications. After that, a free account allows you to use one board and create 3 applications. There are paid tiers beyond that if you need more capacity.

“Wyliodrin does for electronics what LEGO did for mechanics,” said Alexandru. “By using Wyliodrin, anyone can start tinkering with devices, not matter what background they have.”


Pi Top: 3D printed, Full Sized, Raspberry Pi Laptop

cAfd9DBThe Pi Top is an educational kit. It appears as though it is in the early stages of planning an upcoming crowdfunding campaign. the basic idea is that you assemble the entire laptop yourself and learn a few things along the way. There are a series of lessons packaged in software that come along with the raspberry pi powered laptop as well. To find out more about the entire Pi Top project, you can check out their website and sign up for updates as they get closer to opening their campaign.

What caught my eye on this project was the log they shared of trying to prototype their fully 3D printed laptop case.

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They shared those pics on reddit with the following tech specs on the print

Printer used: Rostock Max V2 kit – with E3D full metal hotend

Filament: PLA 1.75mm nozzle: 205 Bed temp: 55 Speed: 70mm/sec

Print time: 3 prints total (two pieces together and the two larger pieces seprately) roughly 160 hours of printing

Support settings: KISSlicer with medium support, at 45 Degrees with a horizontal gap (from object) of 1mm.

De-string Settings: Prime 5.5mm Suck: 5.4mm Wipe:5mm Z-lift: 1mm




Raspberry Pi and MaKey MaKey Power Bus Stop Pac-Man

Make: Contributing Editor Alasdair Allan visited Maker Faire Trondheim last weekend and caught up with Frode Halvorsen, the general manager of Trondheim Makers. As one of the organizers of the faire, he showed off their advertising campaign, a Raspberry Pi and MaKey MaKey-equipped bus stop ad that lets pedestrians play Pac-Man. The video above gives you a glimpse into the production of the interactive advert, which is part of a series of two; the other one being a photo booth.

Keep an eye out for more details on Raspberry Pi’s official presence at World Maker Faire New York on September 20th and 21st at the New York Hall of Science in Queens. [via The Official Raspberry Pi Blog]