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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 […]

Raspberry Pi Microscope with High Quality (HQ) camera

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

One of the great things about the Raspberry Pi is it’s versitility which allows it to be used in many different ways. The introduction of the high quality camera module has greatly increased the scope of what can be achieved in digital photography. This has been expanded further thanks to a professional quality lens now […]

Creating 2D Animations using Blender 2.8 and Blender 2.9

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Blender is well known as a 3D modelling tool, but it is also good for creating 2D animations. It includes the ability to create timeline based animations using Keyframes with automatic tweening and fine control over all the objects. If you don’t know what that means then hopefully this video for beginners will provide a […]

Power Up 4.0 – Smartphone controlled remote control paper airplane

Monday, September 28th, 2020

This is a review of the PowerUP 4.0. This is a successful Kickstarter campaign which completed in 2020. I’ve received my bundle of airplane related goodies and had a few builds and test flights. The video below goes through an unboxing, the first builds, test flights and important information on flying the plane such as […]

Creating practical science lessons for home schooling during Covid-19 lockdown

Wednesday, May 13th, 2020

As a STEM ambassador, I’ve done quite a lot of practical science lessons with my children and primary age school children. There are lots of science books that you can get full of experiments that you can do at home. When they reach secondary school it’s a little more difficult without having a science lab […]

NexDock 2 – Laptop style screen and keyboard for Raspberry Pi or mobile phones

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

A few years ago I backed a Kickstarter project for the original NexDock for use with the Raspberry Pi. Last year they created an updated version called the NexDock 2. A new improved version. You can see my NexDock 2 unboxing and review video here, or read on for more information. What is a NexDock? […]

3D printed Aquarium – Gift idea for Megaquarium Computer Game

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Megaquarium is a computer game where you get a design your own aquarium tourist attraction. It’s like Roller Coaster Tycoon, based around a Sea Life Centre. My son wants it as a Christmas present, which is great except in the days of digital downloads a bunch of binary digits doesn’t quite feel the same as […]

Review of Meccano Meccanoid G15KS educational personal robot

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

Introduction This is a review of the Meccanoid G15K personal robot from Meccano. It’s a programmable robot that’s about 4 feet tall (about the same size as a 6 year old child). The recommended minimum age is 10 which I believe is the age for making it; I’m hoping to use it to teach programming […]

HDMI Pi – Raspberry Pi screen – upgrade to Raspberry Pi 2 / B+

Monday, April 6th, 2015

I bought a HDMI Pi, Raspberry Pi screen through the kickstarter project. When the Kickstarter was run then there were only the model A and model B Raspberry Pi computers and the screen was designed for the model B. Although the B+ was released before the screens actually shipped for logistics reasons (and to reduce […]

Energenie infrared socket and Raspberry Pi infrared

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

I have already posted about the Energenie wireless remote control sockets. I’ve now had chance to look through one of their other products – which is an infrared remote control socket. This is a power saving socket allowing a TV and associated equipment to be fully powered off from the mains socket using the normal […]


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