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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.

Here’s some of the projects I’ve done over the years:

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.


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 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.

Flight Tracker

A flight tracking display using my home Raspberry Pi ADS-B receiver and custom display software.

Sea Battle

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

More Software »       More Websites »

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.

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!