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A Raspberry Pi-powered platform for remote play experiences

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Before we meet Stan Dmitriev of Surrogate.tv on this week’s Digital Making at Home live stream, we decided to learn more about the platform so we can get excited ahead of time.

Robots, cat lasers, consoles and more

Surrogate.tv is a platform for remote play experiences. That’s where creators hook up things like robots, consoles, RC cars, cat lasers, or anything else they can imagine to the internet, and let anyone in the world connect to them and control them remotely. And it’s all done using a Raspberry Pi.

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The infamous Oktoberfest Pinball Machine

Last year The MagPi Magazine covered Surrogate.tv‘s Oktoberfest Pinball Machine. This allowed anyone from anywhere in the world to queue up and play a real physical pinball machine over the internet. A single Raspberry Pi 4B powered the whole set up, which combined and encoded two camera feeds into a single low-latency stream for the players, and let them fully control the pinball machine with the help of a custom Raspberry Pi HAT.

Cloud gaming

The goal of the project was to showcase what’s possible with Surrogate.tv’s streaming and robotics control SDK, called SurroRTG. At the time, the SDK was still in development, but since then it has become available for anyone to use to create remote operation and cloud gaming experiences with Raspberry Pi. 

Surrogate.tv studio
The Surrogate.tv studio looks like a cool place to be

For both beginners and confident programmers

For people who aren’t confident with coding, the team is constantly adding new game templates to their open-source Python SDK, which allows creators to easily connect things to the platform. Templates include robots like Sphero RVR, consoles such as Nintendo Switch, relay boards (to control anything that has buttons, like a pinball machine or a handheld remote control), and an RC Car game template.

Creators with more programming experience can follow the documentation and hook up just about anything to the internet by integrating their own device with the SurroRTG Python SDK. The process steps are well-described in the SDK’s documentation, and it can be accessed freely from GitHub.

Team surrogate.tv
Hi, Team Surrogate.tv!

Remote drone racing

“So far creators have been really going all-in with their projects on the platform. One user, Carlitto, created a drone racing game and enabled his friend from New Zealand to fly a drone in the UK from literally another side of the world. Another creator, Mordecai, hooked their Nintendo Switch console to Surrogate.tv and using the Raspberry Pi 4 compute capabilities added 60+ custom image recognition events to track different custom achievements in Zelda Breath of the Wild, making it a challenging and fun experience for the players.

Overall, it’s amazing what people have been up to already, and we can’t wait to see what other awesome projects creators will come up with in the coming months.”

Stan Dmitriev CMO at Surrogate.tv
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Surrogate.tv makes playing Nintendo Switch even more fun

To help creators with their projects, the company has also launched a new monthly initiative called “Creators Fund”. Every month, the team covers the costs of ten projects for creators who have the skills and a great idea, but don’t have the hardware to make it happen.

Fancy having a play? To get started with Surrogate’s SDK, all you need is a Raspberry Pi 3 or 4, a 16GB SD card, a Raspberry Pi camera or a USB webcam, and around 20 minutes of your time. Start off at surrogate.tv/creators.

Watch Stan live on Digital Making at Home this Wednesday

This is the kind of fun you can expect on Digital Making at Home

Join young people from all over the world on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s weekly live stream. Chat, code together, hear from cool people, and see amazing digital making projects.

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Celebrate Pi Day with us

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Since launching our first-ever Pi Day fundraising campaign, we’ve been absolutely amazed by the generous support so many of you have shown for the young learners and creators in our community. Together, our Pi Day donors have stepped up to make an impact on over 20,000 learners (and counting!) who rely on the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s free digital making projects and online learning resources.

A young person using Raspberry Pi hardware and learning resources to do digital making

We need your help to keep the momentum going until 14 March, so that as many young people as possible gain the opportunity to develop new skills and get creative with computing. If you are able to contribute, there’s still time for you to join in with a gift of £3.14, £31.42, or perhaps even more.

We can’t thank you enough for your support, and as a way to show our gratitude, we offer you the option to see your name listed as a Pi Day donor in an upcoming issue of The MagPi magazine!

Join our live online Pi Day celebration

We’d also like to invite you to our virtual Pi Day celebration! This Sunday at 7pm GMT, we’ll host a special episode of Digital Making at Home, our weekly live stream for families and young digital makers. Eben will be on to share the story of Raspberry Pi, and of course we’ll be making something cool with Raspberry Pi and celebrating with all of you. Subscribe to the Foundation’s YouTube channel and turn on notifications to get a reminder about when we go live. 

A little help from our friends

Last but not least, we’d like to extend a big thank you to OKdo. They’re celebrating Pi Day with special deals throughout the weekend, and a generous 50% of those proceeds will be donated to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

“We’re delighted to be supporting Raspberry Pi’s first ever Pi Day Campaign. Events like this are vital to aid our mutual mission to make technology accessible to young people all over the world. At OKdo we exist to spark a love of computing for children and help them to develop new skills so that they have every possible chance to fulfil their potential.”

Richard Curtin, OKdo’s SVP

We’re grateful to OKdo for championing our Pi Day campaign along with our friends at EPAM Systems and CanaKit

Happy Pi Day, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you this weekend!

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Code a GUI live with Digital Making at Home

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This week, we’re introducing young people around the world to coding GUIs, or graphical user interfaces. Let them tune in this Wednesday at 5.30pm BST / 12.30pm EDT / 10.00pm IST for a fun live stream code-along session with Christina and special guest Martin! They’ll learn about GUIs, can ask us questions, and get to code a painting app.

For beginner coders, we have our Thursday live stream at 3.30pm PDT / 5.30pm CDT / 6.30pm EDT, thanks to support from Infosys Foundation USA! Christina will share more fun Scratch coding for beginners.

Now that school is back in session for many young people, we’ve wrapped up our weekly code-along videos. You and your children can continue coding with us during the live stream, whether you join us live or watch the recorded session on-demand. Thanks to everyone who watched our more than 90 videos and 45 hours of digital making content these past month!

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Coding for concentration with Digital Making at Home

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September is wellness month at Digital Making at Home. Your young makers can code along with our educators every week to create projects that focus on their well-being. This week’s brand-new projects are all about helping young people concentrate better.

Through Digital Making at Home, we invite parents and kids all over the world to code and make along with us and our new projects, videos, and live streams every week.

This week’s live stream will take place on Wednesday at 5.30pm BST / 12.30pm EDT / 10.00pm IST at rpf.io/home. Let your kids join in so they can progress to the next stage of learning to code with Scratch!

If you’re in the USA, your young people can join Christina on Thursday at 3.30pm PDT / 5.30pm CDT / 6.30pm EDT for an additional US-time live stream! Christina will show newcomers how to begin coding Scratch projects. Thanks to our partners Infosys Foundation USA for making this new live stream possible.

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Explore well-being in September with Digital Making at Home

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September is wellness month at Digital Making at Home. Your young makers can code along with our educators every week to create projects which focus on their well-being. This week’s brand new projects are all about embracing the things that make you feel calm. Go check them out!

Through Digital Making at Home, we invite parents and kids all over the world to code and make along with us and our new projects, videos, and live streams every week.

This week’s live stream will take place on Wednesday at 5.30pm BST / 12.30pm EDT / 10.00pm IST at rpf.io/home. Let your kids join in so they can progress to the next stage of learning to code with Scratch!

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Coding for kids and parents with Digital Making at Home

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Through Digital Making at Home, we invite your and your kids all over the world to code and make along with us and our new videos every week.

Since March, we’ve created over 20 weeks’ worth of themed code-along videos for families to have fun with and learn at home. Here are some of our favourite themes — get coding with us today!

A mother and child coding at home

If you’ve never coded before…

Follow along with our code-along video released this week and make a digital stress ball with us. In the video, we’ve got 6-year-old Noah trying out coding for the first time!

Code fun video games

Creating your own video games is a super fun, creative way to start coding and learn what it’s all about.

Check out our code-along videos and projects where we show you:

A joystick on a desktop

Build something cool with your Raspberry Pi

If you have a Raspberry Pi computer at home, then get it ready! We’ve got make-along videos showing you:

Top down look of a simple Raspberry Pi robot buggy

Become a digital artist

Digital making isn’t all about video games and robots! You can use it to create truly artistic projects as well. So come and explore with us as we show you:

Lots more for you to discover

You’ll find many more code-along videos and projects on the rpf.io/home page. Where do you want your digital making journey to take you?

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