Inspired by Dan Aldred‘s LEGO Clock hacks (http://www.tecoed.co.uk/darth-beats.html and http://www.tecoed.co.uk/yoda-tweets.html) I picked up a broken Batman clock from eBay for some hacking shenanigans. I had several aims, based on the great work of Dan before me
- Add a Pimoroni Scroll pHAT HD, which would allow both text and graphics to be displayed
- Attempt to retain the existing button board
- See if the on board piezo was usable
- Light the white eyes behind the cowl
A new, wireless, PiZero has been heralded in, and with it a set of new kits from Pimoroni. All the kits are things of beauty, as you would expect from the Pirates of Sheffield, but the Scroll Bot caught my eye for two reasons.
- It’s an absolutley awesome looking kit
- I was building a Pi Zero based badge for the 5th Raspberry Pi Birthday
I embedded a PiZero into a Robosapien v1 and can now control it over Wifi using Python
I have been looking for an excuse to use some large, light up arcade buttons for a while now. With a weekend pass for the Raspberry Pi party I decided this was the time to go all out and create my biggest Pi build yet!
This project was inspired by the work of Andy Stanford-Clark (@andyc) and Lucy Rogers (@drlucyrogers). They used NodeRED to control a Maplin Action Dino kit via the Twitter hashtag #wakedino. When a tweet containing #wakedino is found by the NodeRED script, the motor is started, which in turn makes the dinosaur nod up and down.
I opted to recreate their work in Python using the Tweepy library. I also wanted to build upon the NodeRed implementation with the addition of sound, and the capturing and tweeting of an image. Continue reading