High-tech holiday projects can raise your stress levels when you take the road less travelled.
The school holidays are always a juggling act when you’re a working parent, trying to strike that balance between getting things done and spending some quality time with your kids. These school holidays I decided it was finally time to tackle our father/son Raspberry Pi robotics project that’s been lying in pieces since Christmas, although it’s forced me to concede that father doesn’t always know best.
The idea sounds simple enough; combine the Raspberry Pi mini-computer with a Laika breakout board, in order to control the motors in a Dagu Rover 5 robot chassis wirelessly using MIT’s Scratch programming language. Okay, maybe it doesn’t sound that simple – but I’ve seen Laika-based projects online using all the same components so I figured they’d play nicely together and we’d work it out as we went along.
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