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Christian Cawley

Christian Cawley spends a lot of time with Raspberry Pis and scours the web looking for interesting DIY electronics projects and news for ElectroMaker. He's currently trying to show his 7 year old son how to get to grips with Scratch, but so far to no avail.

Build a Persistence of Vision Lightsaber for Jedi Mind Tricks!

Build a Persistence of Vision Lightsaber for Jedi Mind Tricks!

YouTuber and maker BitLuni has teamed up with Electromaker to use persistence of vision in a DIY lightsaber prop, which combines images and sound to create a stunning Star Wars atmosphere!
AR Projection Lamp with Raspberry Pi and Android Things

AR Projection Lamp with Raspberry Pi and Android Things

Here’s a lovely bit of awesome to get you in the mood for one of the most interesting Raspberry Pi build videos you’ll see for a long time.
New Alexa Development Board for Raspberry Pi Compute

New Alexa Development Board for Raspberry Pi Compute

If you’ve been playing around with your Raspberry Pi and Alexa and found that you’re onto something of a winner, you might be tempted to expand beyond the standard Pi.
Tune Your Car with a Raspberry Pi OBD-II Tablet

Tune Your Car with a Raspberry Pi OBD-II Tablet

Every car has an OBD-II port, an interface into which a cabled (typically with a USB connector) or wireless (Bluetooth) device can be plugged. Once connected you’ll be able to interrogate your car’s onboard computer, check errors, monitor performance, and perform diagnostics. You might even be able to tune the engine, with the right skills and know-how.

Save Time with this Arduino-Powered Homework Machine!

Sick of homework? Whether you’re still at school or helping your kids, it’s invariably inconvenient. While this amazing “homework machine” might not be able to help directly, the effort put into building a replica, and the resulting pen-based printed output, should at least put the chore of homework into perspective.
Android Things Exits Beta, Production Boards Announced

Android Things Exits Beta, Production Boards Announced

It’s been a year and a half in the making, but Android Things 1.0 has finally been released, bundling three free years of OTA updates, and support for four production boards.
HACK Morecambe: an Open Lab for Makers and Experimenters

HACK Morecambe: an Open Lab for Makers and Experimenters

Set to kick off on September 8th 2018, and planned to run for seven days, HACK Morecambe is an open lab with the aim of establishing a creative platform in the West End of the Lancashire seaside town.
Arduino-Based Alcohol Detector

Arduino-Based Alcohol Detector

Anyone who has used an Arduino will know how simple it is to connect a sensor, access the module’s library, and enjoy some satisfying results. Moisture detectors, LDRs, microphones for detecting sound ... the possibilities are endless.

Record Your Pokémon with a Real Life Pokédex

Long before you had to venture out of the house to collect Pokémon with your smartphone and an augmented reality app, it was every kid’s fantasy to own a “Pokédex”.
DuinoDrive: A Crowdfunded Retro Game Console for Makers and DIYers

DuinoDrive: A Crowdfunded Retro Game Console for Makers and DIYers

Currently looking for backers on Kickstarter, DuinoDrive is a fascinating little project kit that lets you build your own retro console. Pleasingly 8-bit, the aim of the project is to “crack open the technology behind the video game.” It does this by letting you build the console, program your own games, and develop new skills.
New Raspberry Pi 3B+ Power-Over-Ethernet HAT

New Raspberry Pi 3B+ Power-Over-Ethernet HAT

Set for release during the summer, the PoE HAT was announced alongside the Raspberry Pi 3B+ model, but little was known about it. That is until a listing was added to the Farnell website (they’re a Raspberry Pi Foundation partner) where the device is now available for pre-ordering.
Control Any Linux System from a WebUI

Control Any Linux System from a WebUI

Ever had trouble accessing a Linux operating system remotely? Perhaps you’re using a mini SBC like the Raspberry Pi or Odroid, and need to make some changes to a script. The best option might be to open an SSH session ... but what if this isn’t convenient?
Convert Your Raspberry Pi Zero W into a Stick PC

Convert Your Raspberry Pi Zero W into a Stick PC

The fad for HDMI-pluggable stick PCs was temporarily popular a few years ago, but the wind seems to have vanished from those sails.

Party with this Arduino-Based Shot Dispenser

Among the many amazing projects for an Arduino, this might just be the most useful. After all, who can argue with a machine that dispenses shots of your favorite tipple?
Twitch-O-Matic, the Raspberry Pi-powered Twitch Streamer

Twitch-O-Matic, the Raspberry Pi-powered Twitch Streamer

Love sharing your games on Twitch? Dedicated game capture devices are often required, but what if you don’t have one, and have no intention of spending the money on one? The answer, you probably won’t be surprised to learn, is in the shape of a Raspberry Pi.
Etcher Update Introduces Multiple Device and Raspberry Pi Zero Flashing

Etcher Update Introduces Multiple Device and Raspberry Pi Zero Flashing

If you’ve ever used the Etcher tool for flashing data to a microSD card, you’ve probably been impressed by how quick it is. The error checking, and subsequent reports are particularly useful and helpful in identifying cards with potential issues.
A Raspberry Pi-Based NOAA Decoder That Tweets Satellite Photos!

A Raspberry Pi-Based NOAA Decoder That Tweets Satellite Photos!

Our experience of the weather is traditionally passive; we have little choice other than to accept what happens in the atmosphere above. It might rain; it might be windy; sunshine might be slight, or enough to convince you to go to the beach.
Get Awesome Sounds with the Pedal-Pi Programmable Guitar Pedal

Get Awesome Sounds with the Pedal-Pi Programmable Guitar Pedal

Increasingly, guitar pedals come with programmable FX that can be saved. With this development comes an opportunity. Couldn’t you just build your own?