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WS2812 Addressable LEDs: Raspberry Pi Quickstart Guide

This tutorial is aimed at getting some instant gratification from your WS2812B LEDs (trade name: neopixels). I'll briefly cover a bare-bones setup for Raspberry Pi. If you've never used a Raspberry Pi before, we've got you covered with our free, onl...

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1 Sep 2017

Run Raspberry Pi x86 on your Windows Desktop Computer (Virtual Machine)

Running a virtual Raspberry Pi on your computer can be a neat way to experiment in a Raspbian-like environment without being tethered to a physical Pi. In this video, I'll walk you through the process of installing Raspberry Pi Desktop on a virtual m...

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25 Aug 2017

Using USB and Bluetooth Controllers with Python

The Raspberry Pi is an amazing piece of technology, and it’s the platform of choice for all kinds of projects. Something that makes it great is the integration of complex hardware that is taken care of for you. For example, if you wanted to use...

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24 Aug 2017

Set up your Pimoroni Unicorn Hat on Raspberry Pi

The Pimoroni Unicorn HAT lets you add 64 dazzling RGB LEDs to your Raspberry Pi, and makes for a sickeningly colourful display. I'll show you how to get yours set up, and we'll have a go at modifying an example script. This tutorial is similar ...

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19 Jun 2017

Create an installer script for Raspberry Pi

After lovingly crafting your project on a Raspberry Pi, you might want to share it with the world. The easiest way is of course just to publish a list of the commands that you executed to get everything up and running. For complex projects, this...

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16 Jun 2017

Maintaining a Project with Git

Let's have a very quick look at Git and Github - Git is an enormous topic, so this won't be an exhaustive tutorial but by the end of it we'll have a working knowledge of basic git workflow. I'll be showing this tutorial on a Raspberry Pi, ...

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30 May 2017

Pimoroni Blinkt: Setup and first script

Not quite sure how to get started with your Pimoroni Blinkt module? Let's set one up and have a play around! We'll guide you through the installation, open up some examples and try our hand at writing a simple program. You'll need: A Raspberry Pi...

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30 May 2017

Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners

Welcome to the Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners! Here you'll be able to follow along with our series of bite-sized videos that cover everything you'll need to know to get started with your Raspberry Pi, and start making awesome projects. My name...

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5 May 2017

How To Setup Raspberry Pi Zero W Headless WiFi

The following instructions will work anytime, you don't necessarily have to follow them for the first boot - this is just a very convenient way to get your Raspberry Pi onto a network without using any plug-in peripherals like a keyboard, mouse or mo...

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3 May 2017

Getting started with your Raspberry Pi Zero W Starter Kit

Who should follow this tutorial? If this is your first experience with Raspberry Pi, and you're using a starter kit for a Raspberry Pi Zero W, then this tutorial is for you. We'll plug everything into where it needs to be, install an operating ...

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3 May 2017

Repair your Raspberry Pi's SD Card with Diskpart

If you’ve ever pulled an SD card out of a Raspberry Pi and attempted to re-flash it with another disk image, you may have noticed something funny… "My X Gigabyte SD card has shrunk to a few megabytes! What gives?" No, your SD card isn...

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8 Mar 2017

Basics: Writing Your First Script with Raspberry Pi

In this tutorial we'll be writing our first bash script for Raspberry Pi. We'll create a directory to keep this and future scripts, write the actual script, and set it up as something that can be executed from the shell. Scripts are an incredibly po...

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24 Feb 2017

Basics: Getting Started with the Terminal on Raspberry Pi

In this tutorial we’ll be getting familiar with basic use of the Raspberry Pi terminal. We’ll cover navigating the file-system, making directories, writing and editing text files, and just touch on the use of wildcards. To get started wi...

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16 Feb 2017

Getting Started with Home Automation Using MQTT

What is MQTT? MQTT (Message Queue Telemetry Transport) is a simple and ‘lightweight’ way for internet-connected devices to send each other messages. This is important for home-automation because devices need to send messages back an...

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14 Feb 2017

How to install Addons to Kodi Media Center

UPDATE: This tutorial has been updated for the Krypton release of Kodi (Version 17) If you have built yourself a home media center using a Raspberry Pi, you're one step ahead of most people out there. The pure joy that comes from having a dedicated ...

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25 Jan 2017

Our Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Review

A new day is upon us, and it is glorious. After all, it’s not often that a new Raspberry Pi board is released. As you’re probably aware, the current iteration of the popular Raspberry Pi microcomputer is the Raspberry Pi 3. It has a Broad...

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19 Jan 2017

What is a Kano Computer?

How many young people are able to assemble a computer, from scratch? Sure, adults can do it. There are even IT professionals and avid PC enthusiasts that take it to the next level; customizing everything down to the color of the Power LED and cooling...

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11 Jan 2017

Overclocking Your Raspberry Pi

Part of the joy that is Raspberry Pi is getting stuck into it at a slightly lower level and finding out exactly what you can do with it if you take a look under the hood. One of the most popular experiments to do with your Raspberry Pi is o...

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9 Jan 2017

Stress Testing Your Raspberry Pi (for Cooling and Overclocking)

Part of the joy that is Raspberry Pi is getting stuck into it at a slightly lower level and finding out exactly what you can do with it if you take a look under the hood. One of the most popular experiments to do with your Raspberry Pi is o...

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6 Jan 2017

Cooling Your Raspberry Pi

Part of the joy that is Raspberry Pi is getting stuck into it at a slightly lower level and finding out exactly what you can do with it if you take a look under the hood. One of the most popular experiments to do with your Raspberry Pi is overclockin...

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5 Jan 2017

Raspberry Pi Video Kiosk with MP4Museum

One of the most commonly requested projects for the Raspberry Pi is how to set it up to display one or more videos on a loop. You might have a display in a reception, or want to constantly loop the trailer or a new movie, or how about creating a vide...

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14 Dec 2016

How to Use a LCD Screen/Display with Raspberry Pi

What fun would a computer be without a screen to see what you’re doing? Well if you own a Raspberry Pi and are curious about the different ways you can connect an external display or monitor up to it, then look no further. Today we’ll be ...

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7 Dec 2016

8Bitdo Controller Modes

8Bitdo controllers are the best retro-gaming controllers you can buy. You could pick one up for your RetroPie gaming system so you can relax back on your lounge with your wireless gaming controller. We did a great write up on the process of connectin...

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27 Nov 2016

Raspberry Pi vs. LattePanda

Ah, what a glorious time we live in, where we have to compare which micro-computer is going to best suit our needs. If you’ve been in the maker sphere for just a short time, you’ll be sure to have heard of Raspberry Pi the miracle wonder ...

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24 Nov 2016

Choosing the Right Raspberry Pi Kit

Show of hands, who loves Raspberry Pi? We all do, and one of the most common questions we get asked is which Raspberry Pi kit is going to best suit my project, which one has the right components in it etc. So today we’re going to be looking at ...

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25 Oct 2016

Which Raspberry Pi Case is Best For You?

What’s even better than the world’s most popular microcomputer sitting on your desk? When it’s sitting there in a case which protects it, makes it easier to use, and gives your desk some style. If you buy a Raspberry Pi it’s ...

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18 Oct 2016

Logic Level Converters for Raspberry Pi

So you’ve got your Raspberry Pi, you’ve got your sensors and external components and you’re ready to build a world-conquering robot beyond compare. But hang on a minute, the sensor you have only operates on 5V and you vaguely recall...

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17 Oct 2016

Arduino vs. Raspberry Pi

One of the big questions in DIY electronics circles is which DIY platform is going to be the best for me? And the two biggest platforms right now is Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Whilst at first glance they might seem the same; circuit board with some ...

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9 Sep 2016

I SPI with Raspberry Pi

I SPI with my Raspberry Pi, something beginning with…S! Serial-Peripheral-Interface (SPI)! Welcome to our Raspberry Pi SPI communication tutorial. Today we’re going to look at how to use the SPI bus on our Raspberry Pi to communicate w...

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29 Jun 2016

Raspberry Pi Kodi Media Centre

Media centres are everywhere nowadays, from smart TV’s with built in media apps, to standalone lounge room boxes to watch all your favourite shows on. With the new features found on the Raspberry Pi 3, it makes sense for it to become a serious ...

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24 Jun 2016

Digital to Analogue Conversion with Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi right? It’s amazing! Raspberry Pi has taken the world by storm and changed the way that people think about computing. The Raspberry Pi 3 builds on this with some amazing new features, however one feature that is still absent is the...

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23 Jun 2016

Say Cheese with Raspberry Pi Camera

Ever thought it would be cool if your Raspberry Pi could see the world like you do? You’re in luck, camera support is an integral part of the Raspberry Pi hardware, it comes with a built in CSI connector for connecting camera modules to. CSI ...

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21 Jun 2016

I2C with Raspberry Pi

Hello there, how’s your day been? Good? Fantastic! Not so good? Don’t worry it’s about to get a lot better, because today we’re going to take a look at how to use the I2C interface on our Raspberry Pi to control I2C devices. ...

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17 Jun 2016

Temperature Sensing With Raspberry Pi

Is it hot in here, or is it just my Raspberry Pi? A Raspberry Pi sitting on a desk doing nothing is kind of boring. However, a Raspberry Pi that can measure the temperature and make decisions based off that information is awesome! The Raspberry Pi l...

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8 Jun 2016

Raspberry Pi HATs

Yep, Raspberry Pi is a very cool platform, so cool that they offer a range of stylish HATs to go with them. No not headwear, but fully functional hardware modules that are designed to plugin directly to the Raspberry Pi GPIO headers, and open up a wo...

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30 May 2016

What is Raspberry Pi?

Hi there! If you’re wondering what all the hype and interest surrounding Raspberry Pi is about, you’ve come to the right place. The original Raspberry Pi debuted in 2012, and is a credit card sized computer that has ports for USB devices...

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12 May 2016

Pi To All The World With GPIO

So you’ve got your Raspberry Pi. You’ve gotten NOOBS setup on it, explored Raspbian a bit, and you’re feeling like a bit of a pro. Awesome! Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty side of things, what it’s all about, GPIO...

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12 May 2016

Windows 10 IoT on Raspberry Pi 3

Today we’re going to look at installing the Windows 10 IoT (Internet of Things) core onto a Raspberry Pi 3. Traditionally Windows has been the resident overlord of desktop devices, however in recent years we’ve seen it transform into a m...

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8 May 2016

Raspberry Pi NOOBS Setup Tutorial

Welcome to our tutorial for using NOOBS (New-Out-Of-Box-Software) to install an OS (Operating System) for use with your Raspberry Pi. The NOOBS package includes access to seven popular Operating Systems: Raspbian Windows 10 IoT Core OpenELEC OS...

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8 May 2016

Raspberry Pi Boards Compared

Launched in 2012, the Raspberry Pi is now in its fourth year of iteration, which means that there is a selection of different models and versions which can seem confusing at first. We’ve simplified most of the common features and specifications...

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8 May 2016

"Hello World" with Raspberry Pi 3

Today we’re going to take a look at how to get started and setup that fancy Raspberry Pi you’ve just bought. If you’re still not sure exactly how the Raspberry Pi works, or what it can do, check out ‘What is a Raspberry Pi?&rs...

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8 May 2016

How to Create a NOOBS microSD Card

NOOBS has made installing Operating Systems (OS) on the Raspberry a super simple process. If you haven’t purchased a Raspberry Pi NOOBS MicroSD card, you can download NOOBS onto a blank SD card in a couple of quick, easy steps. For this tutori...

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8 May 2016