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Make it! Prototyping learning board Kit

Why this kit?

As you may know, there are many electronics/robotics starter kits based on Arduino with similar characteristics and prices so the question here is:Why should I buy this kit and not any other? In order to answer this question we must focus on two points: the hardware and the software:

  • Hardware: the Make it! Pro kit includes the exclusive S4A prototyping board. The S4A board incorporates a lot of interfaces and input/output connectors that will allow you to prototype and create many projects without using cables and breadboards. Breadboards and wiring are known to be very annoying for people who are starting in the maker world, but with the S4A prototyping board you can almost get rid of them.
  • Software: the Make it! Pro kit and the S4A prototyping board is fully integrated with Scratch for Arduino software based on the acclaimed and renowned Scratch software developed at MIT. The use of Scratch for Arduino software offers the possibily of creating projects very easily without previous programming knowledge by using a ‘Scratch-style’ blocks system. It also allows people to build their own projects without prior technical knowledge.

Our team has created this kit for those -adults and children- who start learning about electronics, robotics and microcontrollers. The educational approach is our main target and that is the reason why the Make it! Pro kit and the S4A prototyping board is already being used in different middle schools, high schools and vocational education centers.

Check our crowdfunding campaign at indiegogo.

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How to install Snappy Ubuntu Core in Raspberry Pi 2

There is no much documentation about Snappy Ubuntu Core, but I tried to assemble different sources to build a single document covering all aspects of Snappy Ubuntu Core installation.

As Canonical says, Snappy Ubuntu Core is a new rendition of Ubuntu with transactional updates, a minimal server image with the same libraries as today’s Ubuntu, but applications are provided through a simpler mechanism. Snappy apps and Ubuntu Core itself can be upgraded atomically and rolled back if needed, this is a bulletproof approach that is perfect for deployments where predictability and reliability are paramount. It’s called “transactional” or “image-based” system management.

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Sense Hat para Raspberry Pi [ES]

El llamado Sense Hat es un accesorio oficial de Raspberry Pi que nos permite tener acceso a multitud de sensores de manera simple y accesible. Esta placa será enviada al espacio a finales de 2015 para que los astronautas de la ISS hagan una serie de experimentos diseñados por niños de diferentes escuelas del Reino Unido.

Sensores y componentes

Los componentes de esta placa son:

  • Acelerómetro
  • Giroscopio
  • Magnetómetro
  • Barómetro
  • Sensor de temperatura
  • Sensor de humedad
  • Joystick
  • Matriz de 8×8 LEDS RGB

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How to build a I2C barometric display with Raspberry Pi

The I2C bus is a widely used device communication protocol, allowing the comunitaction between the devices sharing the same bus channel. This is a great advantage because  it is designed to allow your Raspberry Pi may be connected to a multitude of complex devices on the same bus and through I2C can communicate independently with each element.

In this tutorial we will learn how to use the Raspberry Pi I2C bus and we will implement a pressure display using a I2C BMP180 barometric sensor plus a I2C 7 segments display to create a digital barometer.

NOTE: thanks to Adafruit because a lot of information and the device drivers come from their great website!!

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Aprender Raspberry Pi con 100 ejercicios prácticos

Gracias a todos los que me han ayudado a crear el libro Aprender Raspberry Pi con 100 ejercicios prácticos y a la editorial Marcombo por editarlo.

Descripción del libro: Aprender Raspberry Pi con 100 ejercicios prácticos

La Raspberry Pi es actualmente uno de los dispositivos con mayor flexibilidad y proyección en el ámbito del desarrollo de proyectos de electrónica recreativa, robótica y el mundo maker en general, además de una importante herramienta en el sector de la educación y la enseñanza. Gracias a los 100 ejercicios prácticos que encontrará en este libro aprenderá a sacar provecho a este pequeño pero potente ordenador, descubriendo sus posibilidades, tanto en el campo educativo y del desarrollo de software como en la creación de dispositivos de hardware.
Con este libro:

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How to build a photo frame with interactive music using Raspberry Pi

Thanks to the great Ireland photos of Mariona Villavieja and the on-site audio captures by her sister Amanda we set-up the ‘Encounters’ free exhibition on Casa del Libro at Rambla de Catalunya until the end of January. The photo exhibition is composed of 18 30 cm x 30 cm pictures and 2 interactive music photos thanks to the use of a Raspberry Pi, a PIR sensor and a few speakers at the back of each frame.

The easiest way (and not very expensive at all) to do it, is using a Raspberry A+, a USB powered speakers, and a time / sensitivity configurable PIR sensor to control the audio trigger.

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