PI Hard with a Vengeance

A novice explores the Raspberry Pi.

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Custom hacking case for my Raspberry Pi and Arduino

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Update:

Just received my new Raspberry Pi and the Gertboard!  So here’s a picture of the new case with both installed.  Works way better than I could ever imagine!

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One thing that makes me nervous is working on the RPI and Arduino with all the circuits exposed.  Well I had some acrylic plastic sitting around for the past few year and I had a spare 30 minutes this afternoon, so I cranked out a protyping platform/protective case.  The boards will mount inside so they are secure. All 4 sides are open so I can run wires in and out with no problems. On the very top I think I am going to mount the solderless breadboard. The top cover comes off by removing the 4 top nuts.   Maybe make it even easier by using wing-nuts or even barrel-nuts if I can find them. The whole thing measures 8×9 inches and the opening is a generous 2″ inches. Enough room for the raspberry pi, an Arduino mega 2560 and a relay board or motor controller.. Can even stack my pi face or Gert board. If there is any interest,  I took a lot of photos and could make an instructable with all the details.  Really easy and a quick afternoon project that looks great.  So if you would like to learn more, leave me a comment and let me know! image image image Pi Hard With a Vengeance using WordPress for Android

 

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Written by pihard

May 1, 2013 at 7:38 am

The journey begins… Into the Raspberry Pi hole!

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Rasp_turn_aroundI am a 45-year-old father of one with very little experience in programming and even less experience in electronics. My programming experience is limited to C64 and Timex Sinclair 1000 basic when both machines were new and state-of-the-art during my teen years.
Fast forward 25 years and my son wants a Raspberry Pi computer. Helping him set it up and things just start sparking and growing in my mind. The more I explore this device, the more I imagine what it could be used for. Now I own my own RPI setup and have started to explore it as a complete and utter novice.
I understand the device was designed to introduce children into the world of micro-controllers, but I can see it has much more potential. As an older adult, I think it is harder to teach ourselves and to grasp the ideas behind new technologies. But this little device and the community that supports it make it a very powerful learning platform. So I decided to document some of my adventures into the world of this tiny micro controller and see what I can create and unlock. Hopefully you will be able get something out of my experience and insights.
With grand ideas of web-connected robots and RPI controlled CNC or 3d printers to fabricate parts for prototypes, this will prove to be an exciting learning experience for “this old dog”.
Well, here we go. Enjoy the ride!

Written by pihard

April 19, 2013 at 6:40 am

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