Monthly Archives: November 2018

Has someone cured the common cold with a Raspberry Pi?

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No. They haven’t. What’s taking you all so long?

Alex has a cold

I felt it coming on last night. That heavy-headedness. The slight tickle in my throat. Blurry vision, sudden chills, a desperate need for snuggles. Colds can go from zero to a hundred within minutes, and then, no matter how much you hydrate, how early a night you get, or how much medication you take, you know you’re going to wake up feeling rough.

gif of monica from friends feeling ill

As I have done today.

So I turned to the internet

And I typed this…

googling screengrab

And nothing came up. Nothing at all. I mean, I know you’re all busy living your best lives and all that, but c’mon, team — I was counting on at least one of you to have fixed this by now!

Somebody do something!

You’ve let me down, but I am going to give you all another chance to make amends.

In the comments below, or in reply to the social media posts on Facebook and Twitter about the publication of this blog post, I’d like you to invent a Raspberry Pi project that will aid me in getting over my cold.

It may be a robot that hands me a tissue, or one that rocks me to sleep. It could be an algorithm for predicting when I’ll next get sick based on certain factors such as climate, schedule, or my poor, vitamin-deprived diet.

It could even be a drone that will deliver my mother to my house whenever I need attention and a hug.

Whatever your invention, however wild and unlikely it seems, I want to hear about it. And the best ones will receive some stickers or something — whatever cool Raspberry Pi thingers I’ll find in my desk when I return to Pi Towers on Monday. #SuchPrepared #MuchProfessional #wow

And no, you don’t have to actually make the thing. Just tell me what it would do and, if you like, include pictures!

And while you’re all doing that…

I’m going to make another cup of tea and curl up on the sofa with She-Ra on Netflix. Ta!

She-Ra gif

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Wireframe 2: The Blackout Club, Battlefield V anxiety, and more

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Momentum firmly established, we’re back with our brilliant second issue of Wireframe — the magazine that lifts the lid on video games.

And yes, we are continuing to write ‘video games’ as two words.

Blacking out

In our sophomore edition, you’ll discover all manner of great features, guides, reviews, and everything else you could wish for. In an exclusive interview, BioShock 2 director Jordan Thomas talks about The Blackout Club, his new co-operative horror game – which also features on our fantastic front cover! With inspiration coming from the likes of Stranger Things, you just know The Blackout Club is going to be something special.

We also hear from Battlefield V’s Creative Director Lars Gustavsson in a candid discussion about his own personal excitement — and apprehension — surrounding the launch of DICE’s latest in its nearly 20-year-old series.

And a lot more

Is that all? Of course not. Thomas Was Alone and Subsurface Circular creator Mike Bithell shares his personal perspective on the ever-changing shape of video games.

Issue 2 also takes an extended look at an RPG’s journey from tabletop to screen: it’s not easy to bring the likes of Cyberpunk 2020 to the world of video games, and CD Projekt Red, Chris Avellone, and others tell us just why that is.

We’re just spoiling you now, but there’s plenty more besides, such as:

  • The maths behind matchmaking and video game economics
  • The changing face of Mega Man, an enduring 8-bit icon
  • An indie game’s path from Japanese restaurant to Nintendo eShop
  • The simple yet effective AI behind Galaxian’s angry aliens

All of this is joined by news, previews, and reviews of everything gaming has to offer.

Buy Wireframe issue 2

Physical copies of Wireframe are available now in WHSmith, Tesco, and all good independent UK newsagents. Of course, we don’t like to limit your choices, so you’re able to buy direct from us, with worldwide delivery available.

There’s also the option to download issue 2 a free PDF if you’d like a handy digital version.

Subscription options!

Fancy putting your feet up and letting Wireframe come directly to you? In that case, you should take a look at our subscription options: pick up a sample six issues for a bargain price, subscribe for a full year, or get the digital edition directly to your smart device via our Android and iOS apps. To find out how to save up to 49% on Wireframe’s print edition, head to wfmag.cc/subscribe.

wireframe magazine

See you again in two weeks!

A wild HackSpace magazine appeared

HackSpace magazine issue 13 is also out today, and it’s pretty sweet. Check it out here!

HackSpace issue 13 front cover

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals Have Arrived

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Welcome to the yearly celebration of deals! We’ve kept it simple this year by just taking 20% off most of our catalog. Take some time, build a cart and enjoy a flash deal-free existence! We may run out of a few items if you wait too long though, so don’t wait until Monday if you’ve got your eye on a particularly shiny new board. Check out rules at the bottom, and here’s a list of top products on sale to give you some ideas!


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Arduino Pro Mini 328 - 5V/16MHz

Arduino Pro Mini 328 - 5V/16MHz

DEV-11113
$9.95 $7.96
130
SparkFun Simultaneous RFID Reader - M6E Nano

SparkFun Simultaneous RFID Reader - M6E Nano

SEN-14066
$224.95 $179.96
15
SparkFun RedBoard - Programmed with Arduino

SparkFun RedBoard - Programmed with Arduino

DEV-13975
$19.95 $15.96
38
Arduino Pro Mini 328 - 3.3V/8MHz

Arduino Pro Mini 328 - 3.3V/8MHz

DEV-11114
$9.95 $7.96
44
SparkFun OpenLog

SparkFun OpenLog

DEV-13712
$15.50 $12.40
19
HackRF One

HackRF One

WRL-13001
$299.95 $239.96
36
SparkFun FTDI Basic Breakout - 5V

SparkFun FTDI Basic Breakout - 5V

DEV-09716
$14.95 $11.96
113
SparkFun ESP32 Thing

SparkFun ESP32 Thing

DEV-13907
$21.95 $17.56
58
Big Easy Driver

Big Easy Driver

ROB-12859
$19.95 $15.96
32
WAV Trigger

WAV Trigger

WIG-13660
$51.95 $41.56
24
SparkFun ESP8266 Thing

SparkFun ESP8266 Thing

WRL-13231
$16.95 $13.56
43
LilyPad LilyMini ProtoSnap

LilyPad LilyMini ProtoSnap

DEV-14063
$15.95 $12.76
2

Kits

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.0

SparkFun Inventor's Kit - v4.0

KIT-14265
$99.95 $79.96
17
SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit

KIT-14542
$49.95 $39.96
4
LilyPad Sewable Electronics Kit

LilyPad Sewable Electronics Kit

KIT-13927
$99.95 $79.96
6
SparkFun Tinker Kit

SparkFun Tinker Kit

KIT-14556
$49.95 $39.96
4
SparkFun Inventor's Kit for RedBot

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for RedBot

ROB-12649
$125.95 $100.76
23
SparkFun Sensor Kit

SparkFun Sensor Kit

DEV-13754
$132.95 $106.36
1
SparkFun XBee Wireless Kit

SparkFun XBee Wireless Kit

KIT-13197
$99.95 $79.96
1
SparkFun PiRetrocade

SparkFun PiRetrocade

KIT-14007
$44.95 $35.96
7

Sale ends 11/26 at 11:59 p.m. MST. Discounts apply to customer and guest roles only. While supplies last. No rain checks or combing carts.

Please Note: We will be working hard to get as many orders out as possible, but we cannot guarantee same-day shipping for the sale days. At least you don’t have to rush a store!

Shawn getting trampled by shoppers

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UK Scouts! New resources to support the Digital Maker badge

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Six months ago, we announced our partnership with the Scout Association in the UK: we launched the new Digital Maker Staged Activity Badge, releasing new badge requirements, along with resources for stages 1 and 2, to help tens of thousands of young people learn how to create with technology.

Fun fact: when we launched the badge, it became the very first one to feature the new Scouts logo.

More resources!

Since then, we’ve been developing resources for more stages of the badge, and we’ve just released activities to support more of stage 2 and stage 3.

The Scouts on Twitter

We’ve teamed up with our friends at @Raspberry_Pi to give you even more resources to get stuck into! Here’s, Scout Ambassador, @astro_timpeake telling you why it’s so important that young people improve their digital technology skills. Read more here: https://t.co/4vwOwBDpv4 https://t.co/kKY4BVB0a2

Because the Digital Maker badge is a staged activity badge, any section of the Scouts movement can tackle it. And since an activity that interests and engages a Beaver is likely to be quite different to one that engages an Explorer Scout, we’ve increased the variety of activities we’re providing.

More tech!

The first set of activity resources we released either needed no technology or laptops only, as the leaders we spoke to told us it shouldn’t be too difficult to get hold of some laptops for a session. For the new resources, we’ve increased the variety of tech that we recommend using. Some of the activities use the micro:bit, since it’s a low-cost, easy-to-use bit of tech. For leaders unfamiliar with the micro:bit, we’ve put together this guide on using the device.

More activities!

With all our activity resources, we show how digital making fits into the scouting movement and into many typical activities you’d do with your troop. For example, you can program the micro:bit to be the musical accompaniment to your next campfire. Or, you can create your own custom map to show points on a recent hike that you did together — anything from where someone fell over, to where you saw the most amazing view.

More support!

Next year, we’re going to release even more material to support Scouts tackling the Digital Maker badge. We’ll carry on producing videos like this lovely one:

Computers in the real world

Uploaded by Raspberry Pi on 2018-09-28.

We’re also going to be trialling some leader training days to build your digital making confidence. In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can always email scouts@raspberrypi.org.

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Special Wednesday Product Post: Get Connected for the Holidays

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Hello and welcome to a special Wednesday Product Post! Due to our Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, we decided to release all our new products a few days early. We have two different SparkFun LTE shields, one with an included SIM card and one without. We’ve also updated and moved the Qwiic Cable Kit to an official SparkFun product. Last, we have a new Qwiic-to-Grove Adapter Cable to interconnect Grove boards to our Qwiic Connect System.

Long-Term Evolution of Arduino Shields!

SparkFun LTE CAT M1/NB-IoT Shield - SARA-R4

SparkFun LTE CAT M1/NB-IoT Shield - SARA-R4

CEL-14997
$79.95 $63.96
SparkFun LTE CAT M1/NB-IoT Shield - SARA-R4 (with Hologram SIM Card)

SparkFun LTE CAT M1/NB-IoT Shield - SARA-R4 (with Hologram SIM Card)

CEL-15087
$84.95 $67.96

The SparkFun LTE CAT M1/NB-IoT Shield equips your Arduino or Arduino-compatible microcontroller with access to data networks across the globe. This shield adds wireless, high-bandwidth cellular functionality to your IoT project, while maintaining low power consumption and a small footprint. The SparkFun LTE CAT M1/NB-IoT Shield is based off the Arduino R3’s footprint, which allows you to easily incorporate it with your favorite Arduino-based device. If you don’t already have a SIM card, we’ve also bundled a version of this LTE shield with one for only $5 more!

At the heart of the LTE Cat M1/NB-IoT shield is a u-blox SARA-R410M-02B LTE Cat M1/NB-IoT modem. Cat M1 (Category M1) and NB-IoT (Narrowband IoT) are both Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies designed to provide cellular communication to small IoT devices. They operate on LTE network bands just like most smartphones, and should be supported by most cellular network carriers. The u-blox SARA-R4 module communicates over a UART via a simple AT command set. We’ve provided a library to help you get started with everything from sending SMS text messages to communicating with servers over a TCP/IP connection. Additionally, both the module and library support an I2C GPS interface via a Qwiic connector, so you can plug in a u-blox GPS module and start remotely tracking your project.


SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

SparkFun Qwiic Cable Kit

KIT-15081
$7.95 $6.36

The SparkFun Qwiic Connect System is constantly growing in popularity with makers. To make it even easier to get started, we’ve assembled this Qwiic Cable Kit for everyone. If you aren’t sure which Qwiic cable to use, this handy box includes all of them, allowing you to save a little money and time!

The kit includes 10 cables of various lengths and styles that will get your Qwiic boards connected together, to a development platform or to a breadboard.


Qwiic Cable - Grove Adapter (150mm)

Qwiic Cable - Grove Adapter (150mm)

PRT-15109
$1.50 $1.20

The Qwiic-to-Grove Adapter Cable allows interoperability between the SparkFun Qwiic Connect System and the I2C-based Grove boards from Seeed Studio. Now you can plug Seeed Studio boards into the Qwiic bus, or you can use this cable to introduce Qwiic sensors, inputs and outputs into your Grove system.


And that’s it for new products this week! Make sure to come back on Friday and Monday to check out our special sales! As always, we can’t wait to see what you make! Shoot us a tweet @sparkfun, or let us know on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see what projects you’ve made!

We’ll be back next week with even more fantastic new products!

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Our huge Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale is almost here!

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Greetings and Happy Thanksgiving from Pololu! Our biggest sale of the year is almost here, and like last year, we are offering different deals and doorbusters every day, starting tomorrow and running through Cyber Monday. Most sale products will be available with free US shipping, which should make it easy for you to place multiple orders throughout the sale to get in on the different deals. All of the sale details along with Wednesday’s specials are up on the sale page now, and don’t forget that the Wednesday doorbusters start at 6 AM Pacific Time!

Be sure to check the sale page daily for new deals, and you can also sign up for our mailing list to receive sale updates and exclusive offers.