May meeting Thursday 31st

28 05 2012

Mini-hardware night
We’ve rattled together a collection of hardware people are talking about – in and out of the Linux Community and the owners are bringing them along to demonstrate and discuss with others how to use them, what they can be used for and swap some notes of help each other sort problems out.

  •  Makerbot & Linux software driving it. (we had driver probs at the last Hamfest & no inet – now to see Linux with it
  •  IModella the Modella’s little brother
  • Raspberry Pi, and local created case (available for order!)
  •  …. more.. as they used to say “run what you brung” (prefer to run things from laptops if PC is required).

Other discussions, meetups, self help groups can happen if required.

Usual meeting place

– Telford College ( ) and TF1 2NP got GPSs
7pm to 9pm 31st May. Room E201 (just ask security if its your first visit).

Note: next month is the last meeting at Telford College till September due to evening building lock-up.
We’re looking around for ideas for Summer venue?

Piduino- Expansion for the RaspberryPI

4 03 2012

Prototype Arduino clone for the new RaspberryPI is been developed within SLUG. Still at the early stages we are expecting this to be a very popular item within the RaspberryPi comunity allowing users to use existing Software and expansion shields whilst still using the same development IDE.

The project as since been mentioned on Element14, watch this space for further developments.

MoPI a Prototype board for RaspberryPI

10 12 2011

After RaspberryPI foundation released the Pin outs for the main connector on their site. I couldn’t wait to get a PCB made up to facilitate the easy hacking/adding of hardware on to the ‘Pi. All the more important considering the ‘Pi’s aim of providing a cheap platform for people to learn all about hands on computing. The MoPI allows you to connect directly to the ‘PI and prototype designs using both through hole and surface mount components. Secondly it provides locations for stand offs or feet to allow the user to keep the board off the wire infested desk or mount it in a case. Thirdly it provides several ways of powering either just your project or also the ‘PI it’s self, we use a very common “Jelly Bean” regulator available cheaply from EBAY good for 2-3A. The regulator is adjustable allowing for many different uses, other than powering the ‘PI. Alternatively you can power your design using the DC Jack or 0.2″ Screw terminals. We have gone to great efforts to be as general as possible allowing people to do what they want.

MoPI Prototypes

This is a good example of what can be rapidly prototyped using home/keen amateur PCB manufacturing techniques like those we hope to demonstrate at our February meeting.

Hopefully this will be the start of much more Linux Hardware/Software hacking.

SLUG – Live

23 02 2010