This Sunday is Father’s Day and this plus other scheduling events will make it impossible for me to open up the TechCo this weekend so the June meetup is cancelled.
Also, as a reminder the Knoxville Raspberry Pi meetup group is ending. The group met every 3rd Sunday to discuss and work on projects involving the Raspberry Pi. The group never built a following, so we’ve decided to end the group but keep the meetup. What does that mean? It means every 3rd Sunday from 3PM – 5PM will be an “open lab” time at the TechCo. You can come down and hang out to work on or discuss any project, not just Raspberry Pi related ones.
The Knoxville Raspberry Pi meetup group is ending. The group met every 3rd Sunday to discuss and work on projects involving the Raspberry Pi. The group never built a following, so we’ve decided to end the group but keep the meetup. What does that mean? It means every 3rd Sunday from 3PM – 5PM will be an “open lab” time at the TechCo. You can come down and hang out to work on or discuss any project, not just Raspberry Pi related ones.
The next meetup will be held Sunday 3PM March 16th, 2014 at the Technology Cooperative. No news summary this update, instead here are some photos of what happened at the last meetup:
We do have some news however – On May 31st, 2014 will be the first Techco AppCamp for teens:
Learn to build an application for your android phone or Tablet in one day. We will use the MIT Android App Inventor system. The App Inventor uses programming “blocks” to teach the concepts of programming. No earlier programming experience required!
Some big news in the world of Raspberry Pi. First over 2.5 million Pis have shipped world wide. Following this milestone, Broadcom has released the full documentation for the VideoCore IV graphics core, and a complete source release of the graphics stack under a 3-clause BSD license. This will make unlocking the power of the Pi easier and lead to the creation of a true open-source graphics driver.
This isn’t without the need for some work however, so as an incentive, a bounty of $10,000 is offered to the first person to demonstrate they can successfully run Quake III at a playable framerate on Raspberry Pi. Details and rule on the competition here.
Here are a few cool videos celebrating two years of Pi and one rather involved homework desk:
The meetup will be held at the Technology Cooperative located at 13 Emory Place, Knoxville TN. Parking is available in front of the Technology Cooperative. As always brining or even owning a Raspberry Pi is not required, everyone is encouraged to come by to see what all the fuss is about!
This month Eric will kick off a “Pi Pinball Challenge” to make a pinball machine powered by a Raspberry Pi, with the details to be decided on at the meetup. To get ready I’ve attached some links related to pi pinball machines:
Thanks to a donation, we now have three “Pi Workstations” at the TechCo! This not only means we have Pis in permanent residence for special sessions and hands on labs, but we also have all the hookups needed so you don’t need to lug an HDMI monitor, keyboard, mouse, power supply, etc. just to show off the cool things you’ve done on your Raspberry pi.
In related news, the Knox Game Design group (which normally meets the second Sunday at the TechCo) will be hosting a local gathering for the Ludum Dare Gam Jam. If you might be interested in participating, or coming down to see what it’s all about, check out the announcements here and here.
At our last meetup Eric demonstrated using python to control a servo connected to the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins. Eric used the Adafruit Raspberry Pi Educational Linux Distro which comes already setup on the software side for these types of hardware control projects.
Last a very interesting project called “Sonic Pi”:
Sonic Pi is an open source programming environment designed to explore and teach programming concepts through the process of creating new sounds. Sonic Pi comes with an associated scheme of work which emphasizes the importance of creativity in the learning process and gives users the control to turn their sonic ideas into reality.