The piweekly newsletter is a compilation of news from the Raspberry Pi community, including updates from the Foundation, developments in the technical realm and reports of various notable ongoings, as well as links to interesting projects from individuals and organisations around the UK and the rest of the world, not only technical hardware and software projects but also community events and initiatives.
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This week it seems that the internet has been invaded by one bear, Bionic Babbage. We would like to congratulate Dave Ackerman for the success of his breaking the world record for highest armateur live photo. If you didn’t already know, Dave is a Raspberry Pi enthusiast whose hobby it is to send Pis up on helium balloons to take pictures of the Earth. This time Babbage Bear (the Raspberry Pi mascot) manned the mission and took pictures along the way, before reconstructing Felix Baumgartner’s record breaking freefall. All this on a budget of £300 (compared to Red Bull’s £30,000,000).
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.