Makerfaire Rome 2018 - The European Edition Review

MakerFaire Rome is huge, spread over seven halls at Fiera di Roma, just outside of Rome. There were 700 stalls from 61 countries; this event clearly draws in crowds from across the world.

IoT LoRa Boards Launch on Kickstarter With Raspberry Pi, Micro:Bit, Arduino Support

The single-board computer (SBC) space is populated with tons of maker boards. While the Raspberry Pi is arguably the best known and most popular, there's the Odroid XU4, Orange Pi Prime, Asus Tinker Board, and more. Now, Pi Supply is poised to launch the IoT LoRa board in a crowdfunded Kickstarter campaign. Learn more about the IoT LoRa board!

System76 Prepares for New Open-source Desktop Launch

System76 might not be the only Linux PC manufacturer on the market, but it's certainly one, if not the, top Linux PC companies around. Offering pre-built Linux laptops, servers, and desktops, System76 made the foray into the operating system space with its Pop!_OS, an Ubuntu derivative which concentrates on makers and do-it-yourself (DIY) fanatics. However, System76 isn't just providing a customized Linux distro. Now, the Denver, Colorado-based company prepares to launch a set of open-source desktops.

Maker Faire Rome Hits October 12-14 2018

Maker Faire Rome, the European Edition hits on October 12-14, 2018. In typical Maker Faire fashion, this event will focus on the maker space. More specifically, Maker Faire Rome promises an onus on robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and spaceflight. Packed with innovators, makers, and visionaries, Maker Faire Rome - The European Edition will take place at Fiera di Roma. Boasting seven pavillions, it's a wide-spanning event with tons of coverage. Learn more about Maker Faire Rome 2018!

Picroft Migrates to Raspbian Stretch: Picroft Now Available for Raspberry Pi 3 B+

Mycroft on the Raspberry Pi is a neat artificial intelligence (AI) project. This do-it-yourself (DIY) virtual assistant provides an open-source alternative to the likes of Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. You can spin up Mycroft on the Raspberry Pi, or purchase a Mycroft device such as the Mark I or Mark II that's ready to go out-of-the-box. When the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ launched, compatibility with Mycroft for the Pi, or Picroft, broke. However, with an update to Raspbian Stretch, Picroft now works on the Raspberry Pi 3 B+.

SuperPi RetroFlag Cases Announced: Two Raspberry Pi SNES Cases Revealed

The Raspberry Pi is arguably the most popular single-board computer (SBC) on the market. Largely, the Pi reigns supreme despite numerous Raspberry Pi alternatives because of fantastic software and hardware support. Notably, there are countless Raspberry Pi case options available. One of my favorite cases is the NESPi enclosure from RetroFlag. As the name suggests, its a NES shell for the Raspberry Pi, allowing you to create your own do-it-yourself NES Classic Mini. Now, RetroFlag plans to offer two Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) cases in the SuperPi!

Astonishing Airport-Style Arduino Weather Board

What’s the weather doing? Rather than check your phone’s native weather app, or heading to on your computer, why not build a dedicated weather display?

Raspberry Pi and Android Things Cross Pollinate & Create the Expression Flower

Resembling something from a 1960s episode of Star Trek, the Expression Flower is a remarkable, responsive creation that reacts to your facial expression with movement, and color.

Raspberry Pi Alternative Blueberry Pi: A DIY Raspberry Pi Competitor

There are loads of Raspberry Pi alternatives. Some, like the Raspberry Pi, adopt fruity monikers such as the Orange Pi and Banana Pi. While the most popular single-board computer (SBC) is easily the Raspberry Pi, competing maker boards nevertheless offer excellent hardware. Enter the Blueberry Pi, a do-it-yourself Raspberry Pi competitor. It's not the most powerful board, but it's easy to put together, versatile, and affordable.

Get Started with IoT Electronics with obniz!

Struggling to get to grips with Internet of Things projects? Finding Arduino and Raspberry Pi too unfocused? The answer is surely a dedicated SBC that is designed purely for IoT applications.

Your Raspberry Pi Finds Waldo Faster Than You!

Whether you know the stripey attired goon as ‘Waldo’ or ‘Wally’, it’s hard to imagine a childhood that didn’t involve at least one attempt to find his Harold Lloyd glasses peering out at you on a double spread of amusing incidents.

Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ Support Arrives With Lakka 2.1.1

When I ordered a Raspberry Pi 2 back in 2015, one of my first projects was spinning up a Raspberry Pi retro game console with RetroPie. Since then, I've experimented with Recalbox and Lakka for old-school gaming on the Raspberry Pi, as well as upgraded to a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. On March 14, 2018, not coincidentally Pi day, the Raspberry Pi foundation debuted its Raspberry Pi 3 B+ board. Basically an overclocked Raspberry Pi 3, the B+ proved a worthy pick up. However, at launch compatibility with most existing operating systems (OSes) was temporarily broken. RetroPie 4.4 brought Raspberry Pi B+ support. Now, there's Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ compatibility via Lakka 2.1.1.

Raspberry Pi Zero Night Vision Goggles

Want to see what’s going on late at night, but don’t want to turn on a light, or use a torch? As you probably don’t have the budget for special forces hardware, the best solution is a camera with the infrared filter removed.

Arduino-powered Edison Bulb clock

One of the most popular types of DIY build are those in the steampunk style, where archaic technology is given a modern-day refresh, or modern ideas are styled in the trappings of 19th and early 20th century materials.

Word Clock Mini Contest - Can you help Lewis with his code?

To enter the contest, write and submit your own code for the Word Clock. Head over to Lewis's project page and submit your code improvements or suggestions in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

Remotely Switch on Your PC with a Raspberry Pi

Ever wanted to switch on your PC from a remote location? Perhaps as a precursor to connecting to it via RDP? Without making a phone call first to request a friend or colleague boots up the machine, this is pretty much impossible ... until you factor in a low-power, always-on Raspberry Pi...

Making a Digital Door Lock Smart with a Raspberry Pi

How can you make a door lock smart? While a standard lock can be made smart by adding a servo (several systems can be purchased that help you do this) digital keypad locks can also be enhanced.

RocketLife LED Light Effects Designer Software for Animating LEDs

While maker projects vary, when LEDs are involved, it's highly enjoyable. RocketLife, Inc. offers its Light Effects Designer software. Aimed at the do-it-yourself (DIY) crowd, RocketLife's software allows for animation groups in a string of LEDs. Through combining hardware and software, RocketLife makes it so that anyone can create custom LED light shows and signs without any programming.