Hardware

Welcome to the hardware & robots area of my site. Here you’ll find build diaries, explanations, photos and videos of all the hardware I’ve built, worked with or hacked together by cramming Raspberry Pis inside childrens’ toys.

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.

Gecko Cam

The “Gecko Cam” is the instrumentation and automation setup for our pet geckos’ vivariums.

Fun with Playbulb

Controlling a low-cost Bluetooth lightbulb to act as a mailbox notification and ambient weather notification.