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Inspired Raspberry Pi Projects at Maker Faire

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We get to read about and see an abundance of project builds through online channels, but we especially love when we get the opportunity to meet the makers themselves as they share their projects first-hand. That’s why an event like Maker Faire continues to be so successful. It provides a platform and a dedicated space, if only for a weekend, for makers and tinkerers alike to come together and share with other enthusiasts.

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The team is up and at ’em at @makerfaire! Come say hello, try a Raspberry Pi 3, and grab a sticker. #MakerFairepic.twitter.com/mjYOiPBKGy

If you didn’t make it to this year’s Bay Area Maker Faire to see the thousands of maker projects, here is a roundup of our favorite Raspberry Pi projects from the weekend.

Flaschen Taschen is a massive video display made out of beer bottles, milk crates, and RGB LED strings. The display is reminiscent of a Lite-Brite (remember those?) only this one is taller than you and a tad more sophisticated. Each bottle is capped with a single addressable RGB LED. The bottoms of the bottles act as lenses for the emitted light. The colors resemble those of a thermal camera, and they move like amoebas under a microscope.

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This beer bottle video display, #flaschentaschen, is driven by Raspberry Pi and can run up to 160fps! @noisebridgepic.twitter.com/iYrHGhiwDk

The sheer size of the Flaschen Taschen is what initially caught our eye. After we learned the details of its construction we were even more intrigued. The entire display is driven by a Raspberry Pi and some custom circuitry.


The art installation is a great example of upcycling, using everyday items to create something beautiful and thoughtful. The project name is a nod to c-base’s Mate-Light project. Check-out their Github repository for more details on the design and project documentation, and enjoy this video of the setup from Hackaday.

Video Wall Made with 1575 Corona Beer Bottles and Determination

The members of Noisebridge Hackerspace in San Francisco went all out this year, building a 1,575 pixel display for their booth at Bay Area Maker Faire. The pixels are Corona Beer bottles, 25 to a crate stacked 9 crates wide and 7 crates tall.

While MCM’s enlarged Raspberry Pi may have looked like a prop from the 1989 movie Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, it was also fully functional.

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Right now, @cortlentz1 is getting our @makerfaire stand ready in San Mateo. She spotted this: IT’S FULLY FUNCTIONAL.pic.twitter.com/8WBYAp0ynW

The Raspberry Pi Infinity+ is ten times the size of a Raspberry Pi Model B. It was made by our friends Michael Castor and Christian Moist over at MCM Electronics, an official distributor of Raspberry Pi.

It’s hard to say what was more captivating: the GPIO header, the USB ports big as one’s head, or the precise detailing of the board’s components illustrated from high-res photos into Adobe Illustrator.

Infinity+ build
But, because they are true maker pros, Michael and Christian were sure to document the complete build process. You can find the detailed BOM and design notes on each of their personal blogs.


Not all makers stand behind a table or in a booth at the faire. Many take to the fairgrounds with projects in hand. You’ll often see the natural congregation of people around makers carrying their projects, who are happy share the story of their build process again and again as they themselves make their way around the faire.

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Maker Faire = magic! Relive the weekend through photos: http://bit.ly/20jhZ1K #MFBA16pic.twitter.com/yx4FPFuxq2

This was just how we met Jonathan, a young maker, and his father. Jonathan—proudly gripping his homemade Game Boy—stopped by the Raspberry Pi booth, and we are sure happy he did. The Game Boy replicated the classic handheld version but swapped out the matte plastic grey case for a handmade wood enclosure, and Jonathan gave it his own personal touch by adding customised operation buttons.

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Here’s a wooden Game Boy made by Jonathan and @shuman_projects. Naturally there’s a Raspberry Pi inside! #MakerFairepic.twitter.com/wAtlnmgtKb

Though the attention to detail and design were impressive, the best part of this project was that it transformed a typically siloed activity on a personal device, turning it into a participatory build for a father and son. That is precisely the sort of making that we love to see happening around the Raspberry Pi.

Thank you to everyone who came to visit us at Maker Faire Bay Area. For those of you missed out, come say hello to us at a future event. You’ll find members of the Raspberry Pi team at these upcoming events:

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Kniterate is a 3D printer for clothes

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Why head to the store when you could simply create your outfits right at home with the touch of a button? That’s the idea behind London-based startup Kniterate, who has developed what they’re calling “the 3D printer for knitwear.”

The system features Photoshop-like software that enables Makers to easily design patterns using various templates, which are then imported over to the Arduino Mega-driven machine to knit socks, scarves, sweaters, ties, beanies, and other garments. According to the team, they are in the process of developing an online platform that’ll allow you to sketch and share your wardrobe with an entire community.

Kniterate, which was recently introduced at HAX’s demo day, is an evolution of founder Gerard Rubio’s Arduino-controlled OpenKnit project. His vision is to one day democratize textile manufacturing, and will take the next step in that journey when he launches the new age machine on Kickstarter in September. Until then, head over to its website here or watch Tested’s Maker Faire video below!


Massimo and Dale at the opening of European Maker Week

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Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi and Maker Media’s Dale Dougherty will be in Brussels next week to help kick off European Maker Week at the Opening Conference. During their keynote, they will address European citizens in hopes of inspiring Makers to build projects throughout the weeklong celebration taking place all over the continent. Those wishing to learn more can do so by checking out the agenda and booking their free ticket for Monday, May 30th at the European Committee of the Regions.

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European Maker Week is the first initiative promoted by European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome, in collaboration with Startup Europe, to raise awareness around the significance of the Maker culture and its ecosystem, as well as foster creativity and innovation in schools.

Europe is not only home to the highest number of fab labs, Makerspaces, and hackerspaces in the world, it’s also the birthplace of disruptive projects like Arduino, Raspberry Pi,  micro:bit, and RepRap. Every year, there are over 50 Maker Faires, Mini Maker Faires, and the flagship Maker Faire Rome, which drew attention from 100,000-plus visitors in 2015.

European Maker Week, which will be held May 30th to June 5th, will play host to more than 450 events across 28 countries. Click on the map below to find the the event nearest you:


Arduino Create is a one stop shop for Makers

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More than 10 years ago, we set out to simplify electronics with easy-to-use, open-source hardware. 10 years later, we’re looking to do the same for Internet of Things development with Arduino Create — an integrated online platform that enables Makers to write code, access content, configure boards, and share projects.

Traditionally speaking, going from an idea to a fully-functional IoT device has been a tedious process even for the most advanced engineers and developers. Until now, they would have to frequently switch back and forth between various tools and screens, from IDEs to cloud services. That’s why Arduino has set out to launch a one stop shop for the Maker experience, which will change the way you create, collaborate and communicate with your projects and the rapidly growing community.

Whereas many companies deliver IDEs, some offer clouds and others curate DIY projects, Arduino Create converges all of that under one roof for an entirely fragmented-free user experience. Designed to provide Makers with a continuous workflow, the new platform connects the dots between every part of a Maker’s journey from inspiration to installation. Ideally, you will now have the ability to manage every aspect of your project right from a single dashboard.

With Arduino Create, you can tap into the power of the community on the Arduino Project Hub by browsing a collection of projects and then making them your own. You can share your creations, along with step-by-step guides, schematics, references, and receive feedback from others.

Despite your skill level, Arduino Create features in-depth guided flows to help easily configure online services like the Web Editor and Cloud. There’ll even be an additional learning component via Arduino’s popular Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) educational program in the near future that will spark collaboration between teachers and their students.

The Arduino Web Editor allows you to write code and upload sketches to any Arduino or Genuino board after installing a simple plug-in — your Sketchbook will be stored in the cloud and accessible from any device. You can even import your Sketchbook via a .zip file! What’s more, sharing a sketch is now as easy as sharing a link.

Getting Started

For Maker Faire Bay Area we are bumping up the number of beta testers for the Arduino Web Editor: the most active contributors will receive 10 invites each! If you’d like to contribute to the development as well, you can sign up on the waiting list to join more than a thousand testers.

It should also be noted that Arduino has partnered with Amazon Web Services to power the new Arduino Create ecosystem. “By adopting AWS IoT and AWS Lambda for our IoT Cloud infrastructure, we provide Arduino Cloud and Arduino Web Editor users with a secure, reliable, and highly scalable environment that will enable Makers to connect their projects to the Internet and manage them through the Cloud,” says Arduino co-founder Massimo Banzi.

Interested in learning more? Maker Faire goers can hear all about it from Massimo himself on Saturday, May 21 at 12:30pm in his annual “State of Arduino” address.

The Arduino GRANDE is six times larger than an Uno

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While countless Makers love Arduino, none may love the boards as much as our friend John Edgar Park. In the spirit of Maker Faire Bay Area, we decided to take another look at what is surely the largest one we’ve ever come across. Introducing the “Arduino GRANDE.”

I love Arduino! But the boards are so tiny that they can be difficult to hug. And not so easy to see, either, if you’re a student sitting at the back of a classroom. So why not solve both problems by building a really huge, fully-functioning Arduino that’s six times larger than real life?

Bringing this fully-functional device to life required 3D modeling software, laser-cut acrylic, a few LEDs and buttons, some wiring and connectors, and a tiny (in comparison at least) Arduino Uno for a brain.

After making its initial debut several years ago, Park has now published a how-to tutorial of his project.

The first step I took in building this was to build a 3D model in Rhino. I based it on the Arduino Uno dimensions, and then started creating the parts based upon my real-world materials and scale. (Since I’m using an Epilog Zing 16 laser cutter with a bed size of 16″ x 12″, my maximum dimensions were dictated for me. So, this is actually a 5.6x larger-than-real-life Arduino.)

The chip is just for show, but the power jack will eventually hide the batteries, and the USB port will be made functional by the addition of a panel mount USB jack.

Insert the banana jacks into the female header blocks and then thread the nuts on to hold them in place. A dab of Loctite will prevent them from loosening up later.

On each banana jack, solder a length of wire sufficient to route through the board to the real Arduino. Push the wires through to the underside of the board at the header location, then insert and assemble the header blocks with screws and nuts which will be held captive in the acrylic t-slots.

The reset button (originally sold as a doorbell) needs to have two long lengths of wire soldered to it, which are then fed through the board to route to the real Arduino. The same goes for the panel mount rectangular LEDs.

Attach a real Arduino Uno to the board, and then run all of the header, reset, and LED wiring to it, and plug in the USB cable. You can use a ScrewShield to prevent wires from falling out. Full disclosure, I’m one of the creators of the ScrewShield and will make a little bit of money if you buy one.

Hide a 4xAAA battery pack inside the [cardboard] barrel plug, and then run it through a switch to GND and Vin on the Uno to power the Arduino GRANDE.

You can now upload a test sketch and try things out! I wired banana plugs to resistors, 10mm LEDs, potentiometers, speakers, buzzers, servo motors, and other typical components to plug into the GRANDE.

As for what the GRANDE’s applications, the possibilities are endless! It can be used as an an interactive, educational tool for Arduino classes, carried around like a boombox playing chiptunes, or even expanded upon with GRANDE scale shields! You can check out the entire project on Instructables.

Arduino is headed to Maker Faire Bay Area!

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Maker Faire is a three-day, family-friendly event that has been celebrating the DIY Movement for the last 10 years. The ‘Greatest Show & Tell on Earth’ is designed for creative, innovative people of all ages and backgrounds, who like to tinker and love to make things.


In just a few days, the Arduino team will be in attendance for the 11th annual Maker Faire Bay Area as a Goldsmith Sponsor. Those heading to the San Mateo on May 20th-22nd will want to swing by our booth (#2321) and join us for some inspiring talks, especially the highly-anticipated State of Arduino by Massimo Banzi on Saturday at 12:30pm.


We’ve been preparing a series of demos to showcase the family of Arduino tools for the Internet of Things through our Arduino Create platform. Those who come by our booth will have the chance to experience the following firsthand:

  • Cloud Sensor Station | “Make Sense of Your Data”
    The Cloud Sensor Station is equipped with four different sensors: gas detection, light intensity, motion detection (infrared) and temperature/humidity. These four sensors send values to the Arduino Cloud so that you can see real-time results of the collected data from everywhere.
  • Yún Camera | “Lights! Camera! Facebook!”
    The Yún Camera captures photos at the press of a button and then automatically uploads them onto Facebook. (We’re sensing plenty of selfies in our near future!)
  • Yún Message | “Leave a Message and I’ll Show It Back”
    The Yún Message is a smart desk, developed in collaboration with Opendesk, that displays custom messages on an LED matrix. This piece of smart furniture lets users share a reminder or note through a webpage. Come and leave a note or… do it online!
  • Twitter Printer | “The IoTweet!”
    This connected thermal printer running on MKR1000 will automatically print tweets from all over the world with the #PrintArduino hashtag. (Look forward to seeing what you come up with!)

Additionally, we’ll be showcasing our Creative Technologies in the Classroom (CTC) program, which is a collaborative learning curriculum designed for schools that wish to incorporate emerging technologies into their existing technology classes.

Whether you’re a teacher or student, come and discover how to explore electronics through a series of hands-on coding projects that’ll provide you with the foundations of programming, electronics and mechanics.

Aside from some of our latest products and projects, we’ll also play host to several members of our growing open-source ecosystem and partners like Intel, ARM and Atmel, to name just a few.

Have a question about Arduino? Looking to get started but don’t know how? Beginners, or even experienced users, will have the chance to get their questions answered inside our booth. We’ve set aside an area where you can speak to our team of experts, from your recent invention to one of our boards. What’s more, you’ll even be able to take home an assortment of Arduino SWAG: stickers, pins and other cool giveaways!

Can’t wait to see everyone soon! In the meantime, stay tuned as we’ll be posting a confirmed agenda of scheduled talks in the next few days. For everything else, check out Maker Faire’s official site!