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
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
A few days ago I caught wind of the #BringYourBuild competition being run by Maplin here in the UK. This was to celebrate the 11th burthday of the Arduino platform. All you needed was to submit an Arduino based project, either via social media or (preferably) in store. Continue reading