Robot Commander Launched!!! I wrote a new Alexa skill called RobotCommander. It allows you to control a robot through a maze of traps. The fun part is the game, but along side the game I also built a site that updates as you play. The Intro… Welcome commander! You need to Save your robots! Doctor… Continue reading Robot Commander Alexa Skill – Has PI
The Sleepy Fairy… a low power circuit using a Mosfet Trick. Before we begin… the Story. The story is important, it holds ALL the magic… the circuit just seals the deal. While holding the canister up: Now this… Look closely. Many years ago, I was walking through the woods. It was a warm and pleasant… Continue reading The Sleepy Fairy – A simple project to create Fairy Magic.
Sometimes I forget to mention the sites I use to find all the treasures I hoard. There are a couple that I check almost religiously, because you never know what they might pop out next. Others are just fantastic businesses because, in addition to providing novel products, are also a great help to the home… Continue reading Circuits like Legos, my part sources. Or… Where to get all this fun stuff.
Source: http://makezine.com/projects/raspberry-pi-potter-wand/ Make has a write-up on wand-control with a simple reflective wand… …it *was* broken. Fixed it. Back in January 2017 when I first read the article I was so excited to try it, I ordered a bunch of parts, downloaded the Git, and then figured out it didn’t work. Not to worry though. A fellow… Continue reading [FIXED!!!] Turn on a lamp with a gesture – Image Processing! Machine learning!
Someone built a site with an Interactive GPIO explorer. It’s just fantastic. Check it out and bookmark it.
(The Penguin is the Linux Mascot) Some background… Linux was built in a time in which a computer must be shared. They were far too expensive to have one per user. Additionally, each of those computer users needed a mechanism in which they don’t have to worry about what others on the machine were up… Continue reading Create accounts on a Raspberry PI -or- sharing a pi with your siblings.
Amazon EC2 Step-By-Step… If you don’t already have a publicly accessible host, I recommend an Amazon EC2 instance (as opposed to a Google Cloud Host) because managing ssh keys on the Amazon host is easy, its just another linux box. So… create a micro EC2 instance like this (I’m assuming you can figure out how… Continue reading Creating an Amazon AWS EC2 Instance… for all your cloud compute needs.
There are lots of ways to get audio out of your little Raspberry PI. The first, and easiest way to get started playing MP3 Files is this: omxplayer The PI Foundation Way The Raspberry PI foundation wrote up a little article to it here. I wont repeat their advice, so if you want to just… Continue reading Lessons on PI 6: Playing Audio on a Raspberry PI
Computers that speak… There is something magical about making a computer speak. I remember just getting started with them and my friends and I would attempt to convince the computer to say all manner of, ahem, interesting things. None the less. Getting early starters in on the fun is a great way to keep them interested.… Continue reading Lessons on PI: Lesson 5 Make your PI Speak!
Part of a new sub-series on the blogger brothers – cub scout pack ideas. Tagged “cubscouts”. Intent A fun pack meeting. Setup The Paper Airplane Bonanza is a pack meeting where the kids build paper airplanes, then attempt to accrue points by landing their planes into targets. The setup for this can be as involved as… Continue reading Pack Meeting: Paper Airplane Bonanza