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Pico Wireless Pack review

Reading Time: 2 minutes In addition, the board features a bright on-board RGB LED, tiny tactile switch, and a microSD slot for storing extra data, expanding greatly on Pico’s 2MB of flash storage. To connect your Pico, you’ll need to have male headers soldered on, then you can just plug it into the female headers of the Wireless Pack, […]

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RFID Floppy Disk Reader

Reading Time: 3 minutes “My project was taking an old 1988 word processor and repurposing it into a gaming emulator with a Raspberry Pi,” creator Dylan Blake tells us. “I wanted to utilise the floppy disk drive with RFID tags to initiate the software and have a working power button for added effect.” We’ve covered an RFID-based record player […]

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Now Available on Steam – Rec Room

Reading Time: < 1 minute Rec Room is Now Available on Steam! Rec Room is the best place to build and play games together. Chat, hang out, explore MILLIONS of rooms, or build something new to share with us all! Join the club! Website: LINK

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Pico-Controlled Automated Model Railroad

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Pico-Controlled Automated Model Railroad builds on his ‘sensored’ track concept that detects a train passing and instructs it to speed up, slow down, or come to a halt. “Electric motors are among my most favourite devices because they connect the fields of electronics and mechanics,” he reveals. “I try to add motors wherever possible.”  As […]

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HyperPixel 2.1 Round review

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Raspberry Pi Zero fits neatly onto the rear, although you’ll need to be careful when mounting it not to crack the screen – it’s best to put it face down on a soft surface. Short standoffs (not supplied) can be use to secure it. If using a full-size Raspberry Pi, you’ll need a GPIO […]

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The best Raspberry Pi Pico projects in The MagPi magazine issue 109

Reading Time: 2 minutes 20 Raspberry Pi Pico projects The community has taken Raspberry Pi Pico to its heart, and started building wonderful things with it. From video game controllers, to smart keyboards, animated signs, and even musical instruments.   Pico has been around for a few months now, and the community has managed to create some fantastic projects. Take […]

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Win a Raspberry Pi 4 Case Fan

Reading Time: < 1 minute 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

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Kenbak – 2/5

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Kenbak-1 was created by John Blankenbaker, a computer engineer and inventor, and Michael was drawn to the idea of reproducing it in the form of the Kenbak-2/5 (a 2:5 scale model of the original) for a key reason. “For me, the thing that attracted me to this project, aside from the historical significance, was […]

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Air Quality Traffic Light

Reading Time: 3 minutes For that reason, he decided to take a break from a project he was working on – a device which monitors currency prices using Raspberry Pi Zero W – to create an air quality reporting system. Having found a battery-operated toy traffic light, he came up with a plan that was both practical and fun. […]

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Maple Syrup Pi

Reading Time: 2 minutes “Maple Syrup Pi Camera is part of my research project,” Ricardo tells us. “I’m one of the 25 TRAIN@Ed Research Fellows at University of Edinburgh. I am working on a project focused on helping local tourist attractions to better manage tourist flow, still GDPR compliant by design. My solution is to process information in the […]

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Campervan LAN

Reading Time: 3 minutes Although most campsites and caravan parks offer WiFi to guests, such connections are often unsecured, limited to only a couple of hours’ free use, and require each device to log in separately. Enrico needed a setup that was far more robust. His vehicle, Jan The Van, sports a secure mobile LAN, is powered by three […]

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Opinion: Our place in history

Reading Time: 3 minutes My father-in-law also used to run simulations back in the 1970s on what turned out (after a long chat and some online digging) to be an IBM System/360 (magpi.cc/ibm360). He didn’t personally program the machine; he wrote down instructions for the simulation on a form, another person punched the hole cards, and then the programmer […]

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PrivacyMic

Reading Time: 3 minutes “It’s hard to tell what an IoT device is doing with its microphone beyond an LED signifying its microphone is in a muted or unmuted state,” says Yasha Iravantchi, a graduate student at the University of Michigan. “In the future, these devices are going to perform more tasks than just listening for speech commands and […]

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Bop It Minecraft Controller

Reading Time: 3 minutes He was inspired to create the project by two prominent YouTubers. “Michael Reeves made a video using a Bop It as an alternative interface to Hawaii’s nuclear alert system. This inspired me to use a Bop It, or similar device, as an input for something it was not designed for,” he says. “Another creator, Technoblade, […]