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Pip – Raspberry Pi based Games Console / Development Device – Preview

Monday, November 8th, 2021

This is an initial review of the PIP. The PIP is a Raspberry Pi handheld games console from a successful Kickstarter. The pip has been a long time coming – arriving approximately 3 years later than planned, but they have finally reached the point where they are sending out preview models for backers that have […]

New Raspberry Pi Zero 2 – The maker’s choice of Raspberry Pi

Monday, November 1st, 2021

The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is an updated version of the Raspberry Pi Zero. It uses the same form factor and has the same connectors in the same position, but what it does have a huge performance increase. It is only a tiny bit more expensive than the Pi Zero it replaces. In the […]

Halloween – Raspberry Pi and Arduino Trick or Treat Trolley

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

This year I did a trick or treat with a difference. I supported the local Scout group going around door to door, but instead of asking for sweets we asked for donations for the local support group / food bank. As you can imagine the tins of food and non-perishable items weighted quite a bit […]

How to Create Animations for Free and Introducing PGZAnimation

Sunday, July 4th, 2021

This post has three aims based around my latest YouTube video on creating 3D animations. The first is to shows some FREE options for creating 2D animations on Linux, Windows and other operating system. Second is to ask the viewers if they have any other alternatives that I’ve missed (preferably ones with easy to use […]

Tank Game for Pygame Zero and the Raspberry Pi Pico Display Pack

Saturday, February 27th, 2021

This is an introduction to a tank game I created. It’s an artillary style pass and play game. It is created as a demonstration of creating vector graphics in Pygame Zero and of porting / creating a game on the Raspberry Pi Pico with the Pimoroni Display Pack. Pygame Zero Game The initial version was […]

Raspberry Pi controlled Christmas Lighting including NeoPixels and RGB Matrix LED display

Thursday, December 3rd, 2020

This video explains about the Christmas lighting display I have at my house and how it’s controlled using 3 Raspberry Pi computers. Two of these are automated, but one does require manual intervention to turn it on and off. There are outdoor Christmas lights including Christmas Tree lights and light-up animals using LED lighting. These […]

micro:bit v2 – New version of the educational coding tool

Sunday, November 29th, 2020

The micro:bit version 2 is now available. This is a significant upgrade on the original micro:bit with a better processor, more memory, a speaker, microphone, touch sensitive area and more. What is a micro:bit The Micro:bit (or sometimes referred to as microbit) is a small electronic programming tool designed to teach coding to secondary school […]

New book – Learn Electronics with Raspberry Pi (second edition)

Thursday, November 26th, 2020

My new book is now available. Learn Electronics with Raspberry Pi (2nd Edition). This is an update on my first book which is now over 4 years old. My first book sold well and was even translated into Chinese. This new edition is a significant rewrite, bringing it up-to-date, but also improving the educational style, […]

Python testing made fun – testing code using unittest

Monday, November 9th, 2020

This video explains the benefits of using Python testing when programming. This is intended for makers who are coding software for physical computing, hobby software programmers and those looking to learn about software programming through school, college, university or adults looking to increase their skills. Without any automated testing bugs can be harder to find […]

Star Wars Day – Raspberry Pi RGB Matrix Display

Monday, May 4th, 2020

Today is the 4th May, which means Star Wars day. So I’ve added a new scrolling image showing a series of images from each of the 9 films in the three trilogies playing on my Raspberry Pi controlled RGB LED Matrix Display. It’s 4946 x 32 pixels long. Shown on my 64 x 32 Matrix […]


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