Tutorials & Videos

DIY 30KM/H ELECTRIC SKATEBOARD – RASPBERRY PI POWERED

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Over the summer, I made my own electric skateboard using a £4 Raspberry Pi Zero. Controlled with a Nintendo Wiimote, capable of going 30km/h, and with a range of over 10km, this project has been pretty darn fun. In this video, you see me racing around Cambridge and I explain the ins and outs of this project.

BBC micro:bit – what is it?

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Recently the long awaited BBC micro:bit was put on sale to the general public. Originally designed to be given away to Year 7 school children in the UK, what actually is the micro:bit? What can be done with it? How might you benefit from having this cheap microcontroller board in your life?! Watch my short review to find out!

Make your Raspberry Pi artificially intelligent! – Amazon Alexa Personal Assistant Tutorial

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AI. A hefty topic that has dominated the field since computers were first conceived. What if I told you that you could put an artificial intelligence service on your own $30 computer?! In this tutorial I will show you how to create your own artificially intelligent personal assistant with a Raspberry Pi, using Amazon’s Alexa voice recognition & information service!

Raspberry Pi – Mini LCD Display Tutorial

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In this tutorial I show you how to wire up and program your very own mini LCD display to your Raspberry Pi! By the end the of this video you will be printing your own messages to your very own screen module and will understand all of the Python code behind it. A good, cheap and enjoyable little project for Raspberry Pi – with plenty of scope for your own further developments!

NEW Raspberry Pi 3 – Quad-Core 1.2GHz, WiFi + Bluetooth!

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BRAND NEW RASPBERRY PI 3! Featuring a quad-core 1.2GHz 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 BCM2837, 1GB of RAM and onboard WiFi + Bluetooth! Exactly 4 years on from the launch of the original Raspberry Pi, the Foundation has done it again! The latest release of everyone’s favourite $35 PC has been upgraded and given the ability to connect to both WiFi/Bluetooth networks.

Four years of Pi!

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Raspberry Pi changed my life in a profound way, igniting a passion for computer science that just was not there before. This credit-card sized computer made learning about tech easy and on the 29th February 2016, Raspberry Pi will be four years old. As with the previous two years, I thought that I would make a video to commemorate this landmark and to show the incredible diversity of the Raspberry Pi!

The Raspberry Pi Guy, STEM & the future – ARM 25th Anniversary Guest Speech

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Recently, ARM (one of the world’s largest technology companies) celebrated 25 years of operation. It was an incredible honour to be invited to give a guest speech to almost 1,500 ARM employees (half of their staff!) about my work: The Raspberry Pi Guy, tackling STEM and the next 25 years. Watch the video to see what I had to say to the Cambridge workforce that is shaping the future of tech.

NEW Raspberry Pi Zero – $5 Computer!

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Almost 4 years on from initial launch and 7 million boards later, the latest slice of Pi has just been served. Meet the Raspberry Pi Zero. A full computer available to buy for only £4 ($5). It features a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, mini HDMI and brand new slender form factor. Watch my review for more information and a complete look at this revolutionary new device!

NEW CamJam EduKit 3 – Raspberry Pi Robotics!

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Robots… Robots… Robots. How many times do I have to say it? They are awesome! In this video I take a look at the brand new CamJam EduKit 3 – a basic robotics kit that aims to kickstart your Raspberry Pi’s adventures in movement, line following, distance sensing and more! Watch the video to see the EduKit in action and to hear my thoughts on this exciting new product.

NEW Raspberry Pi Official Display – 7″ Touchscreen!

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NEW RASPBERRY PI GOODIES! Today the Foundation have just released a brand new product: their very own official Raspberry Pi 7″ Touchscreen DSI Display. Featuring a resolution of 800×480 pixels, 10 point capacitive touch as well as a low $60 price point, the display promises a lot… But how does it actually fare? Find out in my look at the official display!

Eben Upton Interview – Raspberry Pi CEO Q&A

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Recently I took a trip to Raspberry Pi Towers in Cambridge, UK to interview CEO Eben Upton. Upon arriving I subjected him to over an hour and a half of the questions that you wanted answered by the man who kickstarted the whole Raspberry Pi revolution. Listen to Eben as he talks about topics from the new display module to new Raspberry Pi revisions to how he looks like Jason Statham.

NEW Raspberry Pi Sense HAT – Astro Pi Add On!

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Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation have launched their very own piece of space hardware, the Sense HAT, for public sale. The component-laden board is designed to go to the International Space Station, with Britain’s first astronaut, Tim Peake. Featuring an 8×8 RGB LED matrix, sensors and much more, it has now been released for purchase – watch the video to find out more!

Raspberry Pi – Picade Arcade Cabinet Review!

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Retro video games are darn cool. Street Fighter. Pac-man. Space Invaders. Doesn’t get much better than that right?! And if you can play them on a proper arcade cabinet, with proper controls and buttons, that makes it even cooler?! Well the Picade from Pimoroni tries to do just that – turn your Raspberry Pi into a fully-fledged desktop emulation-infused arcade cabinet. Find out in this review!

Raspberry Pi – Steam PC Gaming Tutorial!

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In today’s tutorial I am going to show you how you can play fully-fledged, HD PC video games on your Raspberry Pi! Through the use of NVIDIA’s GeForce Experience software and a Pi program called Moonlight Embedded, by the end of this tutorial you will be blasting your way through all of your favourite Steam titles on any screen in your house! Click to find out more!

Raspberry Pi – WiFi Tutorial!

wifiWant to know how to connect your Raspberry Pi to the internet wirelessly? Been dying to learn how to get WiFi working on your own credit card sized computer? Then you have come to the right place! In this tutorial I show you how to use a USB WiFi dongle to connect to a WiFi network. Click to find out more!

Raspberry Pi Robots – Line Following – Episode 3

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Welcome to Episode 3 of my latest Raspberry Pi Robot series! In this video I will show you how to make a robot follow lines autonomously. By the end of this video you will understand a Python program and be able to introduce another line following bot into the world in order to aid my plans of complete domination. Click to find out more!

Raspberry Pi Robots – Obstacle Avoidance – Episode 2

Welcome to Episode 2 of my latest Raspberry Pi Robot series! In this video I will show you how to make a robot autonomously avoid obstacles. By the end of this video you will understand a Python program and be able to let loose a never-colliding Pi2Go-lite into the wild. Click to find out more!

Three years of Pi! Celebrating the Raspberry Pi’s 3rd Birthday!

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Three years ago something changed my life. It cost $35. It was the size of a credit card and didn’t look like much at all. What was this mystical thing? It was, of course, the little British computer that could: the Raspberry Pi. As usual, to mark this historic occasion, I have made a video to celebrate everything Pi! Click to watch!

Raspberry Pi – Q&A – Eben Upton & Gordon Hollingworth

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Recently I had the chance to pop down to the Raspberry Pi HQ in Cambridge to interview both Eben Upton and Gordon Hollingworth with your submitted community questions. Eben is of course the CEO of Raspberry Pi Trading and  Gordon is the director of software engineering at Raspberry Pi. Hear what they have to say about Android, the official display, Windows 10 and much more!

NEW Raspberry Pi 2 – Quad-Core 900MHz, 1GB RAM

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation have seized the New Year opportunity to update everyone’s favourite credit card PC and has now released the brand new Raspberry Pi 2 Model B. I think it is safe to say that this is the biggest leap in the Raspberry Pi movement since the original release! IT HAS A 900MHZ QUAD-CORE! AND 1GB RAM! Click to find out more!

Raspberry Pi Robots – Basic Motor Control – Episode 1

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Welcome to Episode 1 of my latest Raspberry Pi Robots series! In this video I will show you how to control a robot wirelessly from a different computer. By the end of this video you will understand a Python program and be able to make your Pi2Go-lite move! Click to find out more!

Raspberry Pi – Virtual Reality – DIY VR!

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A couple of years ago virtual reality was a thing of mere myth reserved only for science fiction films and outlandish futurists. Not any more! And do you want to know something even better? The new “VR” movement is perfect for hobbyists and it is clear to see that there are countless possibilities with the Raspberry Pi also! Watch to find out more!

The NEW Raspberry Pi A+

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Raspberry Pis are credit-card sized right?! Well the latest model has bucked this trend! I’d like to introduce all of you to the incredibly cute Raspberry Pi Model A+: the long awaited successor of the original Model A Raspberry Pi. Smaller form factor, HAT compatible and only $20! Click to find out more!

Raspberry Pi Robots!

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Robots are awesome. That is a fact. I am The Raspberry Pi Guy and I am going to show you how to build your first robot. That makes me awesome too. Deal with it 😉 Welcome to my new series showing you guys and gals how to make your own robots. Click on through to learn about amaaaazzzinnggg things!

Q&A with Gordon Hollingworth and Clive Beale of the Raspberry Pi Foundation!

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Recently I was lucky enough to spend a week at the Raspberry Pi Foundation doing work experience. On my final day I managed to pin down both the illusive Clive Beale and Gordon Hollingworth for an interview each regarding education and engineering respectively. WARNING! Contains top secret Raspberry Pi Foundation secrets!

My ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

rsz_1screenshotSlightly (correction: very) unusual quick video today of the famous DaveSpice pouring *freezing* icy water on my head for the infamous ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Watch me suffer for an incredibly good cause! Don’t forget to donate too! And who do I nominate? Every single one of my subscribers so good luck. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – How to control motors…

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In this tutorial I show you how to control a motor with your Raspberry Pi using the fantastic Ryanteck MCB. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to control the direction of the motor and understand the Python program behind its movement! Click to watch and learn!

The NEW Raspberry Pi B+

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The date is the 14th of July 2014 and some very exciting news has just been announced by the Raspberry Pi Foundation: the release of the BRAND NEW Raspberry Pi Model B+! A new and much improved version of the current Model B! Watch the video for more information!

Raspberry Pi – fumeFans!

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In this video I have a look at a very exciting new line of products called fumeFans! Designed by a company called Maketechnics, their purpose is to make the process of soldering easier and more pleasant for us, the makers. A fumeFan extracts and cleans all of the nasty fumes that solder emits – click on through to find out what I think of them!

Raspberry Pi – How to use a Wiimote!

maxresdefaultIn this tutorial I show you how to use a Wiimote with your Raspberry Pi. By the end of this video you will be able to receive button presses from the Wiimote, as well as raw accelerometer data. This is very easy to do over the simple Bluetooth protocol and you will then have a wireless controller that is perfect for tasks such as robot control. Click to watch…

Raspberry Robotics – Raspberry Jamboree 2014 

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Missed my keynote speech at the recent Raspberry Jamboree? Don’t worry as you can watch it here! On the 28th of February 2014 I ventured up to Manchester to attend the Raspberry Jamboree and give a presentation about using robots with the Raspberry Pi. I talk about the benefits of doing so and why they are the perfect means to communicate computing concepts.

Raspberry Pi – Questions & Answers with Gordon!

gordonRecently I had the chance to go to the Raspberry Pi Foundation for some work experience and I had the pleasure of spending most of my time with Gordon Hollingworth – the director of engineering. I managed to pin him down long enough to ask him some of the community’s most pressing questions! Contains not-so-secret Top Secret stuff in regards to soon-to-be-released high-res and low-res DSI displays! Click to watch…

Two years of Pi! – Celebrating the Pi’s second birthday!

unnamedThe Raspberry Pi turned two years old in February 2014 – that is two whole years of inspiration, projects and learning. I thought that I would make a video to commemorate this historic landmark, as well as to show everyone, new to this or not, the incredible diversity of the Raspberry Pi! Not only did it kick-start my interests in computing, but also millions of others. Enjoy 🙂

Raspberry Pi – The RPi MCB

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In this video we will take a look at the new RPi MCB! What is the RPi MCB? RPi MCB stands for the Raspberry Pi Motor Control Board. It is an easy to use GPIO add on that sits on top of the Pi and allows you to control up to two motors. The MCB was designed in the UK by Ryanteck LTD. – an excellent start up company with several successful crowd funded projects under their belt. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – OLED Displays!

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In this tutorial I show you how to use a mini OLED Display with your Raspberry Pi! By the end of this tutorial you will be able to make it show everything from text to full images, as well as be able to wire up something to the SPI pins on the Pi! This tutorial has also been written up in the form of an Adafruit guide – links included. Penguins may be involved in this video. Approach with caution. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Initio Robot by 4tronix!

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In this video we will take a look at the Initio Robot from 4tronix. I explain what the Initio is, what the capabilities of the Initio are and demonstrate a few of its many functions. Robots are great fun and, in my opinion, one of the best ways to learn about programming and electronics – this makes the Initio the perfect beginners robot. Click to watch…

The Raspberry Pi Guy – Happy 1st Birthday!

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Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi Guy, Happy Birthday to me! 😉 That’s right – I have just had my one year anniversary! Click on through to see my commemorative video and to learn about both the past, and the future! Running The Raspberry Pi Guy has been a life changing experience.

The Centre for Computing History…

This is not a usual post for me but I thought that all of you guys should see it! Recently The Centre for Computing History has moved to Cambridge and I had the pleasure of going there on Saturday: it surpassed my wildest expectations! Everywhere you look there are working computers that you can use, from Apple ][s to Raspberry Pis and BBC Micros. I strongly recommend you go and take a look!

OLD: Raspberry Pi – How to control motors…

In this tutorial I show you how to use motors with your Raspberry Pi! By the end of this tutorial you will be able to control the direction of the motor, you will understand the basic principles of how that motor works and you will be able to decipher a simple Python program. Click to read and watch…

BeagleBone Black VS. Raspberry Pi…

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In this video I compare the newly released BeagleBone Black to the almighty Raspberry Pi! Which board is more worthy of your money? I cover the pros and cons of both devices and give you my personal, ‘professional’ (pft, yeah right!) opinion! The Raspberry Pi has certainly caused the rest of the market to up their games. Click to watch…

Why you should code!

rsz_whyyoushouldI know that this is not what I usually post, but I saw this and thought it was amazing… It explains Computing and is a truly inspirational video! Featuring the wise words of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Gabe Newell and many more. I didn’t make this video, but thought it was too good not to share! It really encapsulates the ‘superpower’ that is coding. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Camera Tutorial…

cameraIn this tutorial I show you how to use the brand new official Raspberry Pi Camera Module… By the end of the tutorial you will be able to use your Camera Module to take full HD videos and pictures. It is a must have for any budding Raspberry Pier ;-). The 5MP sensor is not too dissimilar from those found in mobile phones and thus it boasts ample abilities. Click to watch…

The Tandy MultiFace…

multifaceIn this demo I show you the new Tandy MultiFace! What is it? The MultiFace is a Raspberry Pi GPIO add on board that extends the Raspberry Pi’s interfacing capabilities…  Meaning you can expand the electronics side of your Pi. From controlling LEDs to driving world dominating robots! What do I think of it? Click to find out…

Raspberry Pi – How to install Minecraft…

mqdefaultIn this tutorial I show you how to get Minecraft working on your Raspberry Pi! Finally Minecraft is in a stable release and works nice and smoothly in Rasbian. Follow my tutorial and in next to no time you will be building giant sprawling mansions with impressive contraptions and all sorts of stuff! Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Photosensors and Arduino – Using Arduino Episode 2…

arduino2In this tutorial I show you how to use a photosensor with your Arduino and Raspberry Pi. Follow my easy instructions and tutorial video and you will be sensing the light levels in no time! This is Episode 2 of my ‘Using Arduino’ series and so in order to understand everything in this video I recommend watching Episode 1 first (Below). Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Using Arduino Episode 1 – An introduction…

arduino1In this tutorial I guide you through the basics of using an Arduino with a Raspberry Pi. By the end of this tutorial you will have the Arduino IDE installed on your Raspberry Pi, you will be able to decipher a complicated Arduino program and you will be able to make an LED blink on and off. Arduinos are powerful micro controllers and compliment the Pi’s already impressive abilities. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Using the Pi Store…

pistoreIn this tutorial I show you how to use the new official Pi Store. Similar to the App Store on iOS, with this application you can view and download pieces of software that work with your Raspberry Pi. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to download any app you want from the Pi Store! It is a great resource for the installation of pre-made software and I would recommend it highly. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Python Basics – Episode 1…

pythonIn this tutorial I run over some Python fundamentals; as well as how to program in Python on your Raspberry Pi. By the end of this tutorial you will understand key computing concepts such as variables… Python is a great language for beginners and the recommended language for the Raspberry Pi. Click to watch…

 

Raspberry Pi – Linux Basics Episode 2 – Advanced commands…

linuxbasicsIn this tutorial I show you some advanced Linux commands that will help you to use your Raspberry Pi more efficiently when in the terminal environment. By the end of this tutorial you will of mastered commands such as ping and man. This video builds upon my previous Linux video and so I recommend watching that first! Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Getting Started – Linux Basics and Installing Software…

linuxbasics In this tutorial I show you some basic Linux commands that will make your transition to Raspberry Pi easy. These commands include how to install more software with the package manager apt-get, as well as how to navigate around files in the terminal environment. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – How to SSH – Remote view your Pi!

sshIn this tutorial I show you how to SSH into your Raspberry Pi from an external Windows computer. SSH stands for secure shell and it is a way of viewing a device’s output (in our case the Pi’s) on a different web connected device. By the end of this tutorial you will be able to view your entire Pi’s desktop.Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Overclocking your Pi – TurboPi…

overclockIn this tutorial I show you how to overclock your Raspberry Pi without breaking anything or voiding your warranty! Overclocking is the process of making a device run faster and there is a lot of leeway to do that with the Pi, follow my tutorial and in next to no time you will have your Pi running super speedy! Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – How to install and play Quake 3…

apcnews2012raspberry-pi-logo_mainImage5.jpg5In this tutorial I show you how to get Quake 3 up and running on your Raspberry Pi. By the end of this video you will be shooting away on your Pi… From the very beginning the Raspberry Pi was advertised as the £25 that could play Quake 3, and here is how to do just that 😉 Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Reading Analogue inputs…

rsz_analogueIn this tutorial I show you how to read Analogue inputs with your Pi! The Raspberry Pi doesn’t have any GPIO pins that can receive/ emit analogue signals, but in this tutorial I guide you though how to set up a converter to work with your Pi. This tutorial is for the more experienced users out there, but please give it a go! Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Getting Started – Electronics basics…

hqdefaultElectronics is a very fun area: it can also be a very daunting prospect to get into though. In this tutorial I explain what certain electronics pieces are and how you would use them. By the end of this video you will have a good basic level of understanding! Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Getting inputs from buttons…

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Raspberry Pi – Using the GPIO…

usinggpioIn this tutorial I show you how to use your Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins… Want to be able to control the outside world with your Pi, but don’t know how? Want to be able to control lights? Control robots? This is for you. By the end of this video you will be able to blink an LED on and off: an excellent beginner’s project. Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Setting it up…

settingitupIn this tutorial I show you how to get your Raspberry Pi up and going. Follow the easy instructions and you will be coding/ playing/ browsing/ whatever in no time at all! This episode is aimed more at beginners, but the more experienced are welcome too! Click to watch…

Raspberry Pi – Preparing an SD card…

raspberry-pi-8gb-micro-sd-card-800x800In this tutorial I show you how to set up your Raspberry Pi’s SD card with the latest Raspbian release. Follow my easy instructions and you will have your SD card up and going without fault. After you have finished this tutorial I recommend looking at my ‘Raspberry Pi – Setting it up…’ video next! Click to watch…

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