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Supporting England Raspberry Pi Matrix Display for Euro 2020 Final

Saturday, July 10th, 2021

This is a YouTube #shorts video showing my animated display supporting England Football team in the Euro 2021 final. This is controlled using a Raspberry Pi, which displays the animated video on a RGB LED Matrix displayed outside my house. More details of the display are available from my Raspberry Pi RGB LED Matrix Display […]

RC Remote Control for a Raspberry Pi Pico

Saturday, June 19th, 2021

One of the things missing from the Raspberry Pi Pico is the lack of network connectivity. There are other models that do provide that such as the Arduino version of the Raspberry Pi Pico – The Arduino Nano RP2040, but there are alternative ways to communicate. In this case I had an RC remote control […]

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 […]

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, […]

Raspberry Pi Halloween Animated Light Display – RGB Matrix LED display with pumpkin and PIR sensor

Thursday, October 29th, 2020

My Raspberry Pi Halloween project for this year is based around the Raspberry Pi RGB matrix display project. I have put the RGB Matrix outside of my house and wanted to display a Halloween animation on the display. I also wanted to include a PIR sensor which changed the display when someone approached the display. […]

Arduino Vs Raspberry Pi – Microcontroller Vs Computer for maker projects

Monday, October 12th, 2020

In this video I look at some of the features of the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi to see which is the best fit for your project. Whilst it starts with the answer “it depends”, it gives scenarios where each is better and for those where either is a good fit I’ll give my own […]

Home automation light bulbs from Sengled

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

I have created some DIY home automation in the past. This was based around using remote control of mains electrical sockets (Home automation – controlling Energenie power sockets using a Raspberry Pi) but I also used a home automation light on one of my home lights. Since then the number of commercial home automation devices […]

Raspberry Pi Christmas Project – Christmas House and Neopixel Snowman

Monday, December 17th, 2018

New Christmas House Project web page Since this post was written I’ve now created a new version of the Christmas House circuit based around a printed circuit board. For full details then see: Raspberry Pi Christmas House Electronics Project. Original post from 2018 This year I’ve been creating a 3D model of a building for […]

The rules for building a model railway

Sunday, November 25th, 2018

There are many different misconceptions about creating model railways and the people that are involved. I’d therefore like to start by dispelling some of these myths and explaining what I think that model railways is about. The 3 Golden Rules of Model Railways Many people have come up with different rules for model railways, here’s […]

Raspberry Pi or Arduino NeoPixels (Smart RGB LEDs with ws281x)

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

I’ve recently been having fun with some NeoPixels on the Raspberry Pi. NeoPixel is the name that Adafruit uses to refer to “Smart RGB LEDs with WS2811 / WS2812 integrated controllers”. I’m sure you’ll agree that NeoPixel has a better ring to it and as that’s the name of the Python library that I’m using. […]


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