The Raspberry Pi has a pretty good range of different operating systems and disk images that can be downloaded turning your Pi into a media center, a Scratch development machine and much more.
But downloading and installing these images can be tricky. How To Geek has a great post covering a project called NOOBS which aims to make it dead simple to install one of the major OS. If you’re confused by all the advanced tutorials to get started then check this out!
Jim from Fotosyn has put together an awesome Instructable for building a timelapse camera with a Pi, camera module, battery pack and some software.
It’s protected from the elements by popping the whole lot in a coffee tin! Checkout the video below to see the kind of images that he’s captured.
Over at the Repair Hub they have a great how to on building a battery backup circuit for your Raspberry Pi computer.
You’ll need to spend a bit of money on the parts and be careful putting it all together as you could end up with a Fried Pi!
If that looks like too much work why not snag a prebuilt UPS for your Pi?
How to disable the red LED on the Pi Camera Module. Mine hasn’t arrived yet but I’m definitely trying this really simple hack when it does.
No idea if this works in the UK but certainly worth a go. It combines a Raspberry Pi, a USB TV receiver and some software to track ADS-B signals from overhead aircraft!
TechRadar.com have a post that runs you through the basics of Scratch and then Python on your Pi. Nothing hugely new here but a great intro to both platforms and get’s you back to Pi programming roots.
Adiran Bevan shows you how to hack your Pi, some Python and a home rolled Canon shutter release into an automatic, motion sensing, picture taking Raspberry Pi DSLR rig!
Even if photography isn’t your thing there’s some great tips on battery powered Pis and handy software for motion detection in there.
If you need to wire a magnetic compass sensor into your Pi projects then Michael Horne has you covered with this handy tutorial
Those cheeky chappies over at Twillo (a web service that provides voice and text services) have posted a nifty little tutorial on setting up your Raspberry Pi with a phone handset & Asterisk (open source phone server) to receive calls over the internet!
Their example is a gentle into and uses their services but once you’ve got it up and running you could do all sorts of additional cool stuff with your new Pi Powered Switchboard!
Following are the code snippets from the session on PyGame I ran earlier today.
Don’t forget to stick with IDLE and Python 2.7 (unless you’ve updated your Pi) and check out these PyGame resources when you’re ready to move on to the next level.