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Pi Cam Part 1


Posted on March 20, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Raspberry Pi Security System Part 1: The camera.

A family member asked me to put a camera in our garage recently, and immediately I decided to use a Pi Zero. Back when I was interviewing for my current job, I was dabbling with the idea of making a wireless, battery powered IP camera that I was going to attached to my dog, and get some cool fottage of my dog running around. I never fully finished that project because, at the time, giving the Pi Zero wifi involved either soldering on a wifi chip to the bottom of the ppi, or using the MicroUSB port. Also, at the time, battery powering a Pi Zero project was a bit outside my skillset.


Raspberry Pi Network Attached Storage


Posted on March 5, 2017 at 11:30 PM

Making a Network Attached Storage device with the Raspberry Pi

At the heart of a NAS system, there is just a computer. You can use an old computer you have laying around if you want to, or you can use a Raspberry Pi (as I'll be showing the guide for). The Raspberry Pi allows for a small form factor, low power consumption computer base, that has 4 USB ports for connecting storage drives, and onboard ethernet. The only limitation to the Raspberry Pi for this use, compared to other bases, would be the speed. The Raspberry Pi is limited to 10/100 mbps speed, whereas newer dedicated NAS systems can run 10/100/1000 mbps (gigabit) speeds. However, for the cost, the pi is the best option for network storage needs if you are on a budget.


Community Creation: Mobile Retropie Station

by jessegus

Posted on February 14, 2017 at 3:15 PM

Mobile Retropie setup created by reddit user jessegus

Originally posted to reddit, jessegus built himself a very cool little retropie setup for gaming on the go. All pictures and text below courtesy of him.


Creating an SD for your Raspberry Pi


Posted on January 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Creating a bootable SD card for your Raspberry Pi project.

Writing an OS to an SD for the RaspberryPi is sometimes tricky. Corrupt OS installs and SD cards are common among Pi projects, so it is important to know how to clear an SD properly of a corrupt OS, and how to reinstall a new one. Another handy trick is making backups of your favorite OS's after you have made some modifications. This guide will lead you down the path to all of these.




Posted on January 18, 2017 at 9:00 PM

A long time coming: The PiMiniMint Project!

The idea of having a computer in an altoids tin came to me back when in early 2012, shortly after the original raspberry pi came out. With the release of the pi zero, this became a possibility. The first version of the PiMiniMint contains a screen, wifi, Bluetooth, 32gb of storage, an infrared camera, and a full size USB port. When I decided to add a battery, I realized the camera needed to be removed. The current vision of the PiMiniMint contains a battery life of around 6-8hrs, a 2in screen, 32gb of storage, Bluetooth, wifi, and a full sized USB port.