Waking up with an RPi – pt.2: lights & sensors

One of the problems with my Arduino-powered dawn clock was that 10 LEDs just don’t put out enough light. I wanted a lot more for the Mk.II, but that then raises the issue of how they are controlled. Cascading shift register ICs would be one way to go. I decided, instead, to go with I2C port expanders. I selected the… Read more »

Waking up with an RPi – pt.1: introduction

I don’t like waking up. I need easing into the day, slowly and carefully, especially in Winter. My wife is the same, which is why she bought a ‘dawn clock’. This is an alarm clock with a light that fades up slowly, over the course of 90 minutes, before sounding the alarm. It’s a fine device and we still use… Read more »

Kinect on the BeagleBone (and Ubuntu)

[UPDATE 8 Mar 2016: This is now an old post and many of the links have had to be removed because they no longer work. Things have generally moved on and so the information here is almost certainly out of date. I’ve left this here for historical amusement only.] [Updated 17 May 2012] A few weeks ago I managed to… Read more »