Class 1: 1st March:
The emphasis will be on getting everyone’s Raspberry Pi system working. You need your Pi itself, power supply, DVI or HDMI type monitor, and a 4GB SD card of reputable brand.
OFFER: Leave your SD card with me (Brian) for the week, and I will record the operating system (class version) onto your card for next week.
Here is the PowerPoint file we used: rpi-GetRunning.pdf
Class 2: 8th March:
That OTHER tiny computer – the ARDUINO – MUCH smaller that the rPi.
Homework 1: watch 2 TED talks on miniature and very smart quadcopters: Robots that fly and cooperate, and Athletic power of quadcopters. How small must the CPU/computing parts be? (Answer – smaller than the Raspberry Pi !)
- On your PC (Win/Mac), download the Arduino 1.0.5 package at the Arduino website, and install. (NOT the 1.5 beta version.)
- If your PC is linux (Ubuntu, debian, Mint, Raspbian even) simply install “arduino” using synaptic or apt-get. Mandriva and Fedora also have arduino package available.
- rPi class version “BS1″ has arduino package already installed, so that rPi can itself program an arduino!
Bring this week:
- Laptop (pref with the Arduino software installed as above)
- Arduino with its USB cable
We will discuss how to get the arduino working, and how to control its ONE onboard LED light – the start of the world of controlling things.