Welcome to the Raspberry Pi 2!

What is a Raspberry Pi?

“The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.

What’s more, the Raspberry Pi  has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras.” Raspberry Pi

“The Raspberry Pi 2 is a bump in power and speed from the original. The newest version has the same I/O capabilities coupled with much more RAM and a dramatically faster CPU.” Information Week

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You can learn all about the Raspberry Pi from: Raspberry Pi Foundation

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Main Project

ROBOT


Have you ever wanted a little robot by your side? Or have you ever wanted to create something of your own? In this journey, I will be documenting the creation of a robot using a Raspberry pi 2.  Read More

Design

For the overall design of the robot, I knew I had to plan and draw out what I wanted the robot to look like. Consequently, I had to ask myself “what is going to be the purpose of my robot?” At first, I wanted to create something really elaborate and go over the top but as time went on, and since this was my first time creating a robot, I decided to go for a more simplistic approach. I decided to make my robot a sociable robot. My robot will have the ability to move around, light-up, take pictures, videos, detect motion, and communicate by speaking, hearing, and displaying text. After some time, I decided to go with a “Wall-E” look because he is one of my favorite robots.  Read More

Movement

Wheels, Tracks, or Legs?
Considering I want my robot to look similar to Wall-E and be able to live a long life and go many places, I decided to use tracks. I know there are sociable robots that are stationary, but with people always on the go, I feel a robot should be too. Read More

Building Material

I’m going to be building my robot from scratch and when building the robot, I have to consider the type of material I will build my robot with. There are many different options from metal to plastic to wood to composites. For my robot, I will be using plastic– mostly legos.

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Connecting

For my Raspberry Pi 2, I connected it to the internet as well as connected to it from my laptop. Read More

Security

In order to make the Raspberry Pi 2 a little more secure and strong, I installed Watchdog, which is a program that will automatically restart my Raspberry Pi 2 if it becomes unresponsive and UFW (Uncomplicated Firewall), which will restrict access to my Raspberry Pi 2.

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