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Design a high-tech home office

Reading Time: 2 minutes In The MagPi issue 103 we addressed one of the burning issues of the day: how do I let my family know I’m on a Zoom call? We invented a ‘digital do-not-disturb sign’ that can be remotely controlled by some buttons or an event detected by Home Assistant. Display any message you want right outside […]

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Automate your kitchen

Reading Time: 2 minutes Wire up a coffee machine If you really want that fresh coffee in the morning to be just right, how about automating your coffee machine? If your machine can start when power is applied, then a simple WiFi power switch will suffice. There are some ‘smart’ coffee machines available such as Smarter Coffee, but another […]

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Cam Chess

Reading Time: 3 minutes Playing against an on-screen computer opponent just isn’t the same, says Geoff. “It loses the social aspect.” Furthermore, it takes time to adapt from on-screen diagrams to playing with a physical board and pieces – something he imagines more people doing now that the TV show has given chess a moment in the spotlight. “The […]

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Giant Hornet Detector

Reading Time: 3 minutes Sean has been keeping bees for around seven years and began developing a small photo booth – the HoneyBee Booth – that would use artificial intelligence to detect and count Varroa mites, and notify him of the findings. He adapted it to detect other species on hearing about the murder hornets’ arrival. Geolocation data of […]

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Create a cool kids room

Reading Time: 2 minutes Set up a sibling alarm Brothers! Sisters! Boo! If your sibling is driving you up the wall by messing with your stuff, then catch them in the act. Using a Raspberry Pi HQ Camera and a cheap magnetic door sensor, you can take a photo or record video whenever the door opens, then send it […]

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Liven up your living room

Reading Time: 2 minutes Install smart lighting Most HA projects start with lighting. Being able to switch lights on throughout the house, wherever you are, or have them react to different sensors or events is a great way to get started in this field. There are a lot of options and the prices have plummeted. Check out ikea’s Trådfri […]

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Haptic navigation

Reading Time: 2 minutes There are other ways to relay the information, though, such as how Sukriti has made use of touch: “This open-source solution uses a Raspberry Pi Zero W and a mobile phone to relay turn-by-turn instructions with haptic feedback, more commonly known as vibrations, over an SSH connection with the mobile device.” A running thread Sukriti […]

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The smart crust-cutting robot

Reading Time: 3 minutes For Andrew DeGonge, the latter question has a clear cut answer: crusts are to be chopped. Indeed, he’s so determined that the sides of bread are banished, he’s used his loaf and created an automatic guillotine-like device to do the hard work for him. “Crust in general isn’t my main problem. Cheap bagged bread is,” […]

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Review: Pico Explorer Base

Reading Time: 3 minutes To use the Explorer Base, your Pico will need to have male pin headers soldered, facing downwards – if you don’t fancy doing this yourself, it’s possible to buy Pico boards with pre-soldered pins. It’s then just a case of mounting your Pico in the dual female headers; a helpful ‘landing area’ graphic on the […]

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POV Display

Reading Time: 3 minutes By rotating a strip of LEDs at high speed and syncing their blinking patterns, it’s possible to create the illusion of a still or moving image. This is just what Japan-based family team of makers HomeMadeGarbage have done for their POV Display, even spinning a Raspberry Pi Pico around with the LED strips. Power of […]

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Automated camera-based drone landing system

Reading Time: 3 minutes To do this, Chinthaka has been leading a team in using a standard radio-controlled quadrocopter drone fitted with a Raspberry Pi 3B+  and a Camera Module. They’ve worked on an automatic landing system, allowing the drone to be brought down to the ground without mishap. “Automatic landing is a kind of automatic flight towards a […]

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Interview: Kevin Johnson

Reading Time: 3 minutes “So my official title is Club Programs Coordinator,” Kevin tells us. “What that means is I help develop engagement strategies and also implement them to keep our youth programs community (Code Club, CoderDojo, Coolest Projects) in the USA fully immersed in all of the free resources we have. It involves a lot of writing, which […]

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Review: IoT Cricket

Reading Time: 3 minutes The IoT Cricket (£16) is a small package based on the ubiquitous ESP8266 chipset, popular for its solid wireless LAN support. ESP microcontrollers are widely available and some can be had for just a couple of pounds, so it may come as a surprise to see a British-designed and made product introduced to an already […]

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Autonomous Home Robot

Reading Time: 3 minutes “I have always loved robots,” Nick tells us. “Building my own autonomous robot has been a goal for me, as long as I can remember. I also wanted to make my robot useful. I am always making things but then end up taking them apart the next week because they didn’t end up being useful. […]