I’m especially excited about this month’s release of MAKE Volume 32. For this issue, I wrote two major articles, The Awesome Button and Get Started with BeagleBone. If you’re a subscriber, you’ll see it any day now (and the digital edition should already be in your inbox). Otherwise, V32 hits newsstands on October 23rd.
This year at World Maker Faire New York, I’ll be giving two presentations on the Make: Live stage: Descriptive Camera Makes Pictures You Can Read on Saturday at 1pm and Raspberry Pi 101 on Sunday at 2pm. Also check out what we’ve been working on at ITP: The Nerdy Derby! I hope to see you there!
My second year of ITP has just started and after one week of class, I already have a project to show! For Pop-up Window Displays, we were assigned to elicit a double take in public and capture it on video. Ben Light and I teamed up to execute this idea, which brings a playground past-time onto the streets of New York City. Not only did we elicit quite a few double takes, but we also had many people eager to interact with our installation.
Shawn Wallace and I will be releasing Getting Started with Raspberry Pi this November. It’s a beginner’s guide to Raspberry Pi that walks you through hooking it up, using it as a computer, and then using it in electronics projects. It’s currently available for pre-order from Amazon! I’m looking forward to sharing more information about the book closer to November, but in the mean time, I wanted to share the good news!
Last week I had the opportunity to visit The Smithsonian Institution’s Web and New Media department, thanks to their director, Michael Edson. While I was there, I gave a talk to some of the staff about my work and particularly the Descriptive Camera. Click through to Bambuser to see a video archive of the talk.
While experimenting with Raspberry Pi, I cobbled together examples for the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO module for Python and the Tkinter modules for creating graphical user interfaces with Python. I got them working together pretty easily.
The example here might be a bit underwhelming, but I’m really excited about the potential for something like this. Having access to a board that can drive a monitor-based interface in addition to GPIO means simpler designs for projects that need both. Best of all, it can all be done in one file of code.
I can’t wait to go check this out. I love it.