Issue #14 — Pneumatic

Friday 20 September 2013

Hi everyone

It’s been a busy week – there’s been lots going on all over. We’ve had LinuxCon, including Eben’s keynote and the celebration marking 22 years since Linus Torvalds announced his “just a hobby” project and released the first version of the free operating system. We’ve also got an action packed newsletter of links for you.

On Tuesday evening Ben gave a presentation at the Geek2Geek Berlin Tech Talk event which focused on ‘Hardware Hacks’. Oddly, the event took place in a furniture showroom and he presented standing in front of a double bed. He explained the purpose of the Raspberry Pi, the Foundation’s intentions in education and the demonstrated the maker community’s achievements. Ben’s talk was followed by one from another Englishman, Sam Carlisle, who spoke passionately about Read/Write Society and the importance of device freedom, much of which related to the successes of the Raspberry Pi. Ben then gave the same talk again when he was prompted to speak at the Linux Works Group at youth club E-LOK where he continued to advocate the Pi and evangelise its importance in education. The slides are available here.

We found a particularly interesting project link this week – a keen father who built a pneumatic transport system for his kids to send their teeth directly to the tooth fairy. The link is below and includes a video, write-up and the code! We’ve also been closely following the tweets of Dave Akerman, who’s currently in Spain and has been sending more Pis in to space to take pictures of the Earth. Amazing stuff – we can’t get enough of it!

Ben & Ryan

Picture of the week


Eben Upton: Our goals for Raspberry Pi: programmable, fun, robust, cheap.

This week Eben spoke at LinuxCon, telling the Raspberry Pi story and expressed the motivation for the foundation starting up as well as showing examples of projects that came out of the maker community in the last 18 months.



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