Category Archives: Embedded Systems

20 Rasperry Pi’s – one massive art installation

A couple of internationally renowned artists asked me for some help with their largest installation to date. As part of Hull’s City of Culture, Davy and Kristin McGuire created a large cardboard city and brought it to life with video projections.

They needed nearly 20 video players, so I created a bootable linux image for the Raspberry Pi which automatically plays a video from a standard location. I copied this to 20 memory cards, and tested them all.

The installation looked amazing and was a great success.

Electronics and Robotics – Teaching

Our children’s school asked me to teach the 14 – 16 year old pupils some electronics. To make it more interesting I threw in some robotics.

During an intense teaching period I spent morning sessions teaching the theory of electronics and programming, and afternoon sessions soldering the PIC-based control boards.

The challenge was to create a programmable line following robot, from electronic components and Fischertechnik parts (see the picture above), and to race it.

The groups completed their control boards, and each created a different style robot. We had an exciting race, with last minute improvements to the control logic, and all robots finished the course.