Daleks, cameras, and a mutant rabbit.

A little more detail on my experience of PiCademy and some of the code developed (and I apologies it is not well developed).

Programming LEDs and Motors through either the the GPIO or using an HAT (see the images below) is just what I enjoy the most.

To have a go, you may have to have the following:

In the above image was my attempt at a simple 'Dalek' - essentially a cup and straw, with a wheeled motor inside. Controlled using python,  Pi through an Explorer HAT PRO . It essentially moved in a circle either clockwise (button 1 on the explorehat) or anti-clockwise (button 2).

import explorerhat
from time import sleep
from random import randint

def wheel(channel, event):
    duration = randint(1,2)

def wheel2(channel, event):
    duration = randint(1,2)


It needs a lot more work, not least of which is a moving head under seperate motor control but it is a start.

Playing with the PiCamera and a button attached to the GPIO, I came up with a simple system that everytime the button is pressed a image is captured this was based on the activities and worksheets at PiCademy. The extra was the tweak concerning providing a different filename each time. Essentially:

  •  create a string with most of the filename and path ('/home/pi/Desktop/image'); 
  • include a count of how many pictures have been taken and convert that to a string (str(count)); 
  • add the file extension ('.jpg');
  • combine them and use them as the filename.

The whole code is shown here.

from time import sleep
from picamera import PiCamera
from gpiozero import Button

camera = PiCamera()
button = Button(17)

while True:

Rise of Rabbitsapien - A team of us put together a project of a robot with a rabbit (no other soft toys were available) with a Passive IR sensor in its belly; that carries out a set routine when movement is detected.

It was also great to come away with some many resources both physical and activities. Thank you to the Pi Foundation for such a good experience.

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