A cartoon picture of Ian Renton

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, and play with radios, alongside being a husband, father, cook and gardener.

Here are some of my projects:

A military tactical software display showing symbols representing boats and planes

Plane/Sailing

"Plane/Sailing" is my home aircraft and ship tracker. It receives ADS-B and AIS signals via antennas on my house, processes them to share with popular tracking websites, and displays the combined results on a website for the world to see.

The Raspberry Tank, a model Tiger tank shown with a camera and sensors fitted

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.

A quadcopter fitted with a Raspberry Pi, sat on grass

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, a Raspberry Pi-controlled model boat

USV-01 “Harry Paye”

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

All-Terrain Pi, a Raspberry Pi-controlled ATV toy

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, an Arduino-controlled Lego Mindstorms robot

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.

A Linx 1010B tablet running Ubuntu

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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A knife cutting into a roast chicken

Roast Dinner Timing Chart

Javascript magic to help you cook the perfect Sunday roast.

Blue and red stylised 2D boats shooting at each other

Sea Battle

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

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A military tactical software display

Career Explorer

“Career Explorer” is my online CV, an interactive map where you can pan around to see where I’ve been and what I’ve done in my professional career. I also have a more formal CV online.


A screenshot from the film 'Sharknado'

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!