We produce a magazine with the intent to help and offer advice to users of the Raspberry Pi. This started out as a simple idea on the well known forums, with a few of us getting together and deciding on a loose outline of what we wanted to achieve.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has just released the Pi NoiR, an adapted version of their camera with the infra-red filter removed. This month, there’s a great article from Andrew Back of RS Components, where he takes you through the steps he used to create a night vision camera to catch critters in his back garden.
Issue 18 introduces you to a great program called PiVision which brings an attractive GUI, allowing you to control the module through its native apps. This month features a very informative article on the Raspberry Pi at CERN and a look at using Scratch with BrickPi.
There is also the first in a series of articles titled ‘Project Curacao’, an environmental monitoring system utilizing the Raspberry Pi which will be hung unattended on a radio tower on the island nation of Curacao. Exotic!
Are you bored of having your presents delivered by the post office? 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. In this issue, he covers the parts required, their function, and some of the coding used for lift off.
There’s also a great article on OpenELEC, bringing you On Demand TV to your Raspberry Pi so you never have to miss an episode again! Claire Price continues with a fantastic article on Sonic Pi which will have your Raspberry Pi performing sing-alongs.
If you want to be savvy with your heating and electricity bills, without turning the thermostat down, why not cast your eye over an article on environmental monitoring. Alternatively, to warm you up, the MagPi returns to Project Curacao to look at the environmental subsystem used in this remote sensing project.
Finally, if that’s not enough to keep you busy, why not paint an electronic masterpiece with XLoBorg? Andy Wilson looks at scrolling an RSS feed on an LCD via GPIO plus we pay a visit to the Pi Store.
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, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, 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.