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Ian Renton

Software engineer and builder of robots
Bournemouth, UK

Hi! I’m Ian Renton. By day, I am a software and systems engineer in the naval defence industry, specialising in command & control of autonomous vehicles and communications networks. By night I build robots and web applications, alongside being a husband, father and amateur cook.

You can email me at ian@ianrenton.com, and you can also find me on Twitter as @i_renton. You can also read my professional CV, though please note that I’m not currently looking for work.

Raspberry Tank

The Raspberry Tank was possibly the first tank-like robot powered by a Raspberry Pi. It’s smartphone- or laptop-controlled, streams video from its webcam, fires plastic pellets and can navigate autonomously.

Quadcopter

Because the Raspberry Tank was just too… incapable of lift, here’s a quadcopter! Yes, it also has a Raspberry Pi on it.

USV-01 “Harry Paye”

USV-01 “Harry Paye” is an off-the-shelf remote control boat refitted as a testbed for our military-grade autonomous navigation system.

All-Terrain Pi

The All-Terrain Pi is a “off-road” remote control toy fitted with a Rasbperry Pi, controllable from Scratch or by touch/tilt input from a smartphone.

Lego Turtle

The Lego Turtle is an Arduino microcontroller retro-fitted onto an old Lego Mindstorms kit. It features a built-in interpreter for simple Logo programs loaded via the serial port.

Linux on Linx 1010B Tablet

A guide on how to install Linux, plus a few bonus operating systems, on the low-cost Linx 1010B Windows tablet.

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Roast Dinner Timing Chart

Javascript magic to help you cook the perfect Sunday roast.

Sea Battle

A quick-and-dirty 2D RTS game inspired by the unit customisation mechanics of Warzone 2100.

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Film Reviews (by the Numbers)

By the combined powers of Netflix and cheap cider, the Saturday Night Shenanigans crew presents… largely incoherent mocking of films!