The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It’s a capable little PC which plugs into a TV and a keyboard and can be used for many of the things that a desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. It was developed with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science in schools.
Why did we start the group?
We know a little bit about computers but virtually nothing about programming and we want to learn by having a go.
We decided to buy a small basic robot arm to be controlled by the Raspberry Pi. This means devising the electronic and mechanical interface between the two and writing the program to tell the computer what to do, and how. We want to be able to use the computer to direct the arm to a given spot and pick up an object. Sounds simple but when you break it down to the myriad of actions that have to be controlled and co-ordinated it becomes a real challenge.
We think that it all might take some time but intend to have some fun doing it!
If you are interested in any way then please come along to a meeting which is in the Edgar Hall on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 10.00am