The Raspberry Pi Foundation presents the Raspberry Pi – an ARM GNU Linux development board for $25:
RaspberryPi: Past, Present & Future – An introduction to the RaspberryPi, including an overview of its history and development, details on the technical specification and an outline of future developments with many cool tech demos along the way. Followed by a Q&A session.
A chance to demonstrate various OS’s, new revisions of the Pi and the latest add-on expansion hardware.
A Taste of RaspberryPi – A chance to play with the RaspberryPi hands-on.
Show & Tell / Prizes:
An opportunity to display RaspberryPi projects from the community with prizes for notable projects.
This event, as with all HacDC events, is free and open to the public.
For more information about Raspberry Pi: http://www.raspberrypi.org/
James and I stopped by last week to check out the what members were doing at Microcontroller Mondays! We talked to several people working on cool projects. Pictures below you can see someone knitting. You might wonder, as we did, what that has to do with microcontrollers. They are actually working on a piece of installation art where the piece of knit will be controlled by the microcontroller.
A soundscape is “an environment of sound (or sonic environment) with emphasis on the way it is perceived and understood by the individual, or by a society” (Barry Truax, *Handbook for Acoustic Ecology*). Soundscapes can include natural sounds (like animal noises or weather) and/or environmental sounds that result from human activities.
Microcontrollers connected to both external sensors and computers (by serial or wireless communication) offer a wonderful and accessible platform to generate complex and interactive soundscapes. Light, motion, distance, and temperature sensors, along with large buttons (in this case crafted with piezoelectric devices inserted into felt-crafted designs) and computer-monitored variables such as time of day, rate of online activity, season, etc. can add mountains of additional texture to a soundscape.
Using Arduino and a soundscape package for Python called Boodler (see Boodler.org), we will explore and discuss the potential for highly personalized soundscapes that incorporate microcontrollers. The speaker, Todd Fine, has only very recently begun playing with Boodler, but he is interested in introducing it to others interested in soundscapes, Python, or Arduino.
When: Thursday, March 26, 2009 @ 7:00 pm
Where: HacDC Headquarters
Cost: Free and Open to the Public