This year has flown by and we are back with our Christmas issue once again! Is Santa bringing you any Raspberry Pi goodies this Christmas? If so we have plenty of great articles to help you put this clever computer straight to good use.
Are you bored of having your presents delivered by reindeer? If you fancy a change, why not have your own Pi-powered quadcopter air drop them in? Andy Baker begins his series on building this flying machine covering in this issue the parts required, their function and discusses some of the coding used for lift off…. no, it’s not powered by Christmas spirit!
If you are too busy attending Christmas parties and are missing your favourite soaps, never fear, we have you covered. Geoff has produced a great article on OpenELEC, bringing you catch up TV on your Raspberry Pi so you never have to miss an episode again! Claire Price continues the festive spirit with a fantastic article on Sonic Pi which will have your Raspberry Pi singing along with a rendition of Good King Wenceslas.
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.