Greetings! The purpose of this group is to discuss the emerging possibilities of applications using small, affordable, computers. The lab part of this Hacking Group will perform installations of easy, open sourced, projects; with applications and useful Life-Hacks.
WHAT WE DO
The Group will discuss the technical side of hardware and software, while also using hands on projects to apply their knowledge.
WHAT TO BRING
- These instructions will go on a letter-size paper alongside the poster at a station within Noisebridge.
- Try to format them to what will fit there using Word/etc.
Raspberry Pi Hackstation
- Things we want on the station:
- Varied options
- small LCDs
- Old VGA
- Old TV
- Old USB PC keyboard
- Usb dongle wireless keyboard
- TV controllers
- Power supplies
- 5V AC adapter
- powered USB hub
- 5V/2 Amp USB Battery pack
Hardware: Raspberry Pi models: A(2012),B,B+,2,2b, and Zero(2016) What is a Raspberry Pi? Great Question! Raspberry Pi is a name for a small hand-held size computer, compared to the Arduino which is similar in size. Matt Richardson, author of "Make: Getting Started with Raspberry Pi", told me that the Pi can program, whereas the Arduino can execute a program, like a robotic action.
Visualize the two pieces of technology working together; a cpu(Pi) programming a device(Arduino) to do a function.
The Projects to introduce the Pi to new users, and early adopters, are rated easy to difficult. For students of all ages!
Currently, Raspberry Pis around the glob and on the Space Station are sharing access to a linux based repository of open-source applications and information.
Examples include: Stand alone portable servers of Wifi, Private Network Storage, Accessing Global Media via Steaming and HDMI built-in outputs, and game console emulation and playing, to name just my favorites.
The Software using open-source, easily downloaded from RaspberryPi (dot) org, to run the Raspberry Pi units vary. Suggested for this group lab is Raspbian version "jessie" (stable, v8.0), includes many built in features like network serving and Scratch for basic coding apps.
So far we covered: PiBridge Discussion Purpose, Lab and Lecture focusing on Raspberry Pi units and Raspbian, linux based, software projects.
Next about the history of Raspberry Pi Units, Ebon Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Computer, based on an interview in a published magazine titled "The MagPi", issue #40 Dec. 2015, the concept behind the Zero started with the Model A in 2006, 6 years before its commercial release. Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft, based at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory wanted to impact how students use and interact with technology, insight-fully increasing the coders in the world by making a computer as affordable as possible. The RasPi Zero also uses little electricity; ~160mA to run HDMI 1080p, and 2 usb powered devices.
(2012)The Model A sold for ~$35 dollars, open-source intended to be hacked, release on Feb 2012 and immediately satisfied 100,000 pre-orders.
(late 2015)Model Pi Zero is sold for ~$5. It is so small that the first 10,000 units were attached to the cover of The PiMag, a magazine, and mailed with subscriptions Dec 2015.
The applications are limited to students imaginations and time, additionally requiring a little money to purchase a Pi Computer Unit.
The Pi Zero is available for under ~$10 (including shipping) but the demand is really high right now and supplies limited.
The Pi 2b is available for ~$38 from Amazon and requires additional common parts: a Micro-SD card 8g, a micro USB power supply(like for an android device), a cat-5 cable or USB WiFi dongle(for network), and access to the internet to download software and install onto a micro SD card. There are many other options and accessories for the Pi, equipped with a 40-pin GPIO interface. For any Noobs out there a GPIO interface is one of many ways you can attach a new module or device to a Computer.
The material we just covered included: Pi History, Evolution and costs of models, and insights to share technology and education to increase the population of coders globally.
---First PiBridge Lab Workshop January 11th 2016, NoiseBridge--- if interested in letting me know you are attending please visit web , to indicate on an anonymous "doodle" poll your nickname and available time.
(this is my first time posting a url to NoiseBridge) if it does not link, no worries, please just show up and bring your Pi ideas to share to!
---First PiBridge Lab Workshop January 11th 2016, NoiseBridge--- ___________________________________________________________________end update 1/7/16____david_bunny