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RasPi Magazine

No. 50

From the team behind Linux User & Developer magazine, RasPi is the essential guide to getting the most out of the Raspberry Pi credit-card sized computer. Packed with expert tutorials on how to design, build and code with the Raspberry Pi, this digital magazine will educate and inspire a new generation of coders and makers. What you’ll find in every issue: • Get hands-on with your Raspberry Pi – we show you the best way to code, build and create with this awesome educational computer. • Awesome RasPi projects in each issue – get inspired to create something amazing with projects big and small. • Our easy to follow step-by-step tutorials and designed for all abilities and age groups. • Need to know more about anything Raspberry Pi? You can chat with the team and get your questions answered.

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Upcycling is very much on trend and there’s all manner of media dedicated to the art transforming useless or unwanted products into all-new objects of desire. As you might expect, a cutting-edge technology like Raspberry Pi is on the very crest of this wave, putting creative reuse at the heart of its myriad uses. In the past we’ve transformed old console controllers, old cameras and even old lamps into amazing new gadgets. This issue we’ve another great project that shows you how the head of ITC at a school in North Yorkshire, UK, transformed an old-school rotary telephone into a state-of-the-art smartphone. An amazing feat considering some his students didn’t even know how to use one! Swipe left to find out more…EditorGet inspiredDiscover the RasPi community’s best projectsExpert adviceGot a…

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create a gaming controller prototype for the pi

The Raspberry Pi is such a versatile little computer. Having access to the GPIO pins enables us to interface directly with any number of hardware peripherals, and in this case, create our own.Using some basic bits of tech, including a breadboard, some jumper wires and tactile push buttons, we’re going to build our own prototype video games controller that’ll work with third-party Pi games, but could also come in handy if you’re coding games of your own. Our prototype won’t be pretty, but there’s nothing to say you couldn’t 3D-print a case and turn the controller into a legitimate-looking gadget.The beauty of a project like this is that you don’t need to be an electrical engineer; in fact, you don’t need to know much more than the basics of an…

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retro pi phone

Dan Aldred’s Pi Phone is a 1960s rotary phone that uses a RasPi to enable you to dial for the latest headlines or send a tweet.What inspired this retro project?I was originally sourcing an old rotary dial phone to show my students what phones used to be like. Just before Christmas, I saw that a popular supermarket chain had released a new, modern version of the classic rotary dial telephone – except that they had replaced the dial with push buttons, and the main cord was connected to the router rather than the telephone exchange socket.People below a certain age do not know how the classic rotary dial works. When dialling, they simply do not know how far to turn the rotate the dial, whether to take their finger out…

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send an sms from your raspberry pi

Text messaging, has become a staple of everyday communication. What began life as a 40 pence message service is now offered as an unlimited service used worldwide. Twilio, a cloud communications company, enables you to send SMS messages for free from your Raspberry Pi to a mobile phone using just six lines of code.01 Set up your Twilio accountThe first step of this project is to register for a Twilio account and Twilio number. This is free and will enable you to send an SMS to a registered, verified phone. Once signed up, you will receive a verification code via SMS to the registered phone. When prompted, enter this onto the Twilio site to authenticate your account and phone. Go to twilio.com/try-twilio and create your account now.02 Register numbersYour Twilio…

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time-lapse camera trigger

You’d be forgiven for thinking that creating mesmerising time-lapse videos like those of Vincent Laforet (www.laforetvisuals.com) or John Eklund (www.theartoftimelapse.com) might be out of reach of the Average Joe. With the help of the Raspberry Pi and a sprinkling of Python code, though, that’s no longer the case. In this guide we’re going to trigger our DSLR camera to create pixel-perfect time-lapse imagery…01 Set up the Raspberry PiFor this tutorial we’re assuming you’re using a recent build of Raspbian. With the Raspberry Pi set up with a keyboard, mouse and monitor, open the terminal and type:02 Install the RPi.GPIO libraryNext we want to make sure your development environment is set up. Follow these steps to make sure you’re all set.In the terminal, type:03 Set up the Pi CobblerFor this tutorial…

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set up a jupyter server on your pi

The Raspberry Pi has found a cosy niche in several projects where it’s used as the computational core. This led to the Pi Foundation releasing the Compute Module, designed specifically for this use case. This month, we will build on this idea by looking at the Python project, Jupyter. Through its web-based interface, Jupyter provides a great frontend to the computational resources you have available through your Raspberry Pi. If you are using the stock Python installation, you can install Jupyter with the following commands.If you installed Berryconda, the Anaconda port for the Raspberry Pi, you can install it from there as well.Once you have it installed on your system, you will need to start it up. The assumption we’ll be making is that your Raspberry Pi is headless, somewhere…