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Raspberry Pi

We meet on the  2nd Wednesday of the month at 12.00
at the Botolph Arms - Oundle Road

For more info contact COLIN YARWOOD on RaspiU3A@boun.cr

What can you do with this superb little tool.... join us and find out?

The Raspberry Pi is often described as 'a credit card-sized computer' originally designed - according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation (HQ Cambridge UK) 'to promote the study of computer science and related topics, especially at school level, and to put the fun back into learning computing.'

In 2006 three boffins at the University of Cambridge’s Computer Laboratory decided there was a need for a tiny and affordable computer and in 2008 - Raspberry Pi Model B was born - it sold over two million units within two years. As at 2018 14 MILLION HAVE BEEN SOLD!

While many children jumped in quickly it was also quickly adopted by electronics enthusiasts for projects at home.

The Raspberry Pi has deveoped fast technically too - the latest model (above) comes with an hdmi link enabling a domestic TV to work as a screen. It has built in wifi and Bluetooth and a normal internet cable socket. There are 4 USB sockets. It holds its booting operating system on a tiny SD card which also holds a full Libre Office version, games, graphics, and several Languages.

Children find the Minecraft / Python link a good way to start and progress. Python is similar to BASIC and thus an easy way in for those of us who started with Micros of the 70's and 80's.

Popular projects are published in the MagPi Monthly magazine and on line at https://www.raspberrypi.org.

Retail Offers are avalable at https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/

The Pi's low power requirement facilitates battery-powered use in robots, while the video capabilities have led to interest in use as a home media centre. 

Reading this you can imagine that the range of potential interest in PU3A could be wide.

Thus the group currently meets twice a month, possibly in sub groups who may be learning the basics of Coding (we no longer refer to Programming!)  or finding out what hardware you need as you decide what project would be interesting or useful to you.

Four of the Group members went to Potton, near Biggleswade on a late June Saturday afternoon, where a local group organise a regular Jam (Pi Meeting!) There were working Robots: demonstrated by 5-15s, There were a table of Pis with screens which can be used to start your education of making Python do useful things, controlling lights, buzzers, sensors, cameras, movement detectors. One enthusuast was there to demo his Music management system. There were boffins there from different aspects to provide free advice. Usually there are stores selling Pi's and kit. 

A NEW Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Costs £32 incl VAT 

This is the latest - see above : what you get is a 1.4GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-band wireless LAN, Bluetooth 4.2/BLE, faster Ethernet, and Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT) but the Pi ZERO W is smaller and costs less than £10.

 GROUP MEETINGS  >>> WHEN & WHERE?

We meet on 2nd Wednesday of the month, at 12.00 Lunch time, in the The Botolph Arms on the Oundle Road, where the Landlord has kindly offered us exclusive use of one of his rooms in return for our buying our drinks, ONLY ;-) 

The first meeting was attended by 9 of our 10 members and the second by 5 with apologies from others.

As proposed both meetings proved to be 'Share & Show' events, when we shared our motivations and experienece and showed the hardware we had and some of the software running on Pi's and on other machines, including lap tops.

Our group is blessed with a range of appropriate knowledge and folk who are happy to share that knowledge. We have concluded that formal teaching will probably not be required - we can help one another with our individual problems informally and help find answers to queries.

So, as we said originally... YOU DONT NEED TO BE ANY KIND OF A BOFFIN - to join in our group - if you come to your first meeting you can plan how you move ahead from there with others.

TRIPS : We will attend the regular Pi-Jams at Cambridge and/or Potton and possibly elsewhere. There used to be a Peterborough Pi-Jam but the two organisers moved away... perhaps ;-)

Our thanks for the picture to Gareth Halfacree from Bradford, UK - Raspberry Pi 3 B+, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=67384207

Location:
The Botolph Arms, Oundle Road, Peterborough

Organiser: Colin Yarwood
Email: RaspiU3A@boun.cr

Usual activity day: Wednesday
Frequency: M3

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