Pimoroni’s Pirate Audio headphone amp

Reading Time: < 1 minutes With a name like Pirate Audio (£20), it can only be our friends from Sheffield-on-Sea, Pimoroni. Its Pirate Audio range is similar to the HiFiBerry DAC but with more features. We’ve chosen the headphone version here, but line-out, 3W amp and even built-in speaker versions are available. All four Raspberry Pi Zero-sized HATs feature a…… Continue reading Pimoroni’s Pirate Audio headphone amp

Selin Ornek interview: A young maker who loves dogs, robots and Star Wars

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is your history with making things? When I was eight years old my dog Korsan passed away. I was really upset and wanted to bring him back to life. I had to do a math project for school, and I had to interview a technical professional, so I asked my dad’s friend, a mechanical…… Continue reading Selin Ornek interview: A young maker who loves dogs, robots and Star Wars

A bird in the hand: Smart bird feeder

Reading Time: 3 minutes Inspired by this, maker Jeff Stockman looked to automate the process as part of his Internet of Things course at the University of Washington Tacoma. “I’d made a bird feeder a few years ago and used a first-generation Raspberry Pi computer and a basic webcam connected to my local network,” he says. “But I wanted…… Continue reading A bird in the hand: Smart bird feeder

NOUS: uNdersea visiOn sUrveillance System

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dr George Papalambrou and his colleagues Vasilis Mentogiannis and Kostas Katsioulis, from the NTAU’s School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, knew plenty about Raspberry Pi before selecting it for their underwater archaeology surveillance project. “It was our first choice from day one,” George says. For a start, he had used Raspberry Pi alongside Apple HomeKit…… Continue reading NOUS: uNdersea visiOn sUrveillance System

PecanPi Streamer review: high-end audio driven by Raspberry Pi 3B

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Minimalist This case is minimalism taken to a new level. Looking at the rear, we see the ports from a Raspberry Pi 3B, and not only the usual phono (RCA) sockets but XLR sockets too. This unassuming box is aimed right at the professional market as well as the audiophile. Driving the PecanPi is Volumio,…… Continue reading PecanPi Streamer review: high-end audio driven by Raspberry Pi 3B

Entry/Exit Notifier: A simple, well-engineered build

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sounds simple, right? Wayne had found himself forgetting to send the necessary emails, and thought the process was a bit tedious when he did remember, which became the impetus for the project. There’s a little bit more to it than just being a button that makes it pretty cool though. “I used an old 512MB…… Continue reading Entry/Exit Notifier: A simple, well-engineered build

CutiePi review: a Raspberry Pi 4 tablet

Reading Time: 3 minutes While one of its headline features is that it’s very thin (14mm thin to be exact, thinner than a Raspberry Pi 4), it doesn’t skimp on screen size with an 8-inch IPS LCD touchscreen running at 1280×800. It’s bright and very responsive, the latter thanks to a Compute Module 4 being built into the tablet…… Continue reading CutiePi review: a Raspberry Pi 4 tablet

History lesson: knowing our place in time

Reading Time: 2 minutes Print magazines are important for legacy preservation, as well as being a great monthly joy to read. Every copy of The MagPi magazine is filed with the British Library. The legal requirement for publishers to file copies of publications has existed in English law since 1662. In 60 years’ time, when people are looking back…… Continue reading History lesson: knowing our place in time

Open Weed Locator: use AI to detect weeds with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 3 minutes Precise planting Guy Coleman has extensive experience as an agricultural scientist, and began using Raspberry Pi five years ago as a means of exploring how computer vision might be used in such settings. Weed recognition and precision control using deep learning is the focus of his PhD at the University of Sydney. Before this, Guy…… Continue reading Open Weed Locator: use AI to detect weeds with Raspberry Pi

Build a Raspberry Pi Smart Garden in The MagPi magazine issue #117

Reading Time: 3 minutes Raspberry Pi Smart Garden Spring has well and truly sprung, so it’s time to head outside and make the most of the sunshine. That doesn’t mean we have to leave our electronic toys behind though. We’re going to automate our garden, with low-cost watering systems and robot mowers. Power up your patio with smart BBQs,…… Continue reading Build a Raspberry Pi Smart Garden in The MagPi magazine issue #117

Win! 1 of 5 Argon EON cases

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Save 37% off the cover price with a subscription to The MagPi magazine. Try three issues for just £5, then pay £25 every six issues. You’ll save money and get a regular supply of in-depth reviews, features, guides and other PC enthusiast goodness delivered directly to your door every month. Subscribe

Time Machine Radio

Reading Time: 3 minutes “I had thought a little music box which played content from the 1930s and 1940s would be an excellent addition to the car when it’s on display,” explains George. “After putting some thought into making one myself, the idea of having content from each decade in the 20th century somehow seemed more naturally appropriate.” Radio…… Continue reading Time Machine Radio

M4All microscope

Reading Time: 3 minutes The team, the NanoBioPhotonics group at the University of Strathclyde, have been using their imaging expertise to “investigate the mechanisms that macrophages (a type of immune cell in the body) employ to remove respiratory pathogens”, pathogens that, among other things, can lead to pneumonia or meningitis. “From my experience using research microscope facilities to image…… Continue reading M4All microscope

Raspberry Pi hardware hacks

Reading Time: 3 minutes Portable power One of the easiest ways to take Raspberry Pi portable is to use a mobile phone charging bank. These sticks typically use a USB connection to hold power, and you can plug them into Raspberry Pi just like your phone charger. It’s a hack though – if you want a more secure solution,…… Continue reading Raspberry Pi hardware hacks

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