Episode 5: I’ll take Another Bigger slice of Raspberry Pi (Part 2)

Editor’s Note: This episode is a fully realized episode about the Raspberry Pi, essentially 98.5% Raspberry Pi, I promise.

My Raspberry Pi B

Episode 5 Part 2

“I’ll have another Bigger slice of Raspberry Pi” 

In this Episode: Our guests, Julie Butler and Carlos Unda talk about a great Raspberry Pi project they did as a POC “Proof of Concept” to solve a problem a company had used much more expensive hardware and software to aolcw. Carlos and Julie (both students at Erskine College) talk about their amazing project to find out if a marble was “transparent” or opaque, basically would the marble pass light or not.

Lessons Learned: Windows IoT (Internet of Things) isn’t ready for prime time. A four node Raspberry Pi cluster is faster computationally than an $800+ Windows PC.

Links discussed in the podcast:

Code Academy’s Python for beginners

Raspberry Pi 3 Specs

Diagram of Pinouts for Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi model comparison between A, B, and 2

Here is a great way I have used to redirect output so you can do video capture of your Raspberry Pi output using TinyVNC.

TinyVNC and Raspberry Pi

Download different OSes that you can run on your Raspberry Pi

Here is a Raspberry Pi Starter Kick that uses Raspberry Pi 3. It comes with power supply, microSD card with Noobs, and a Clear case.

Episode 5: I’ll take a slice of Raspberry Pi (Part 1)

Editor’s Note: This episode wound up being 95% 3D printing and only 5% Raspberry Pi, so Part 2 will fix this.

My Raspberry Pi

Episode 5

“I’ll have a Raspberry Pi to go please” or “I’ll take a slice of Raspberry Pi”

In this Episode: Phil Burda is our guest and he talks about what is involved in 3D printing and how he got his start, including the software needed and what exactly is used to print in 3D. At the time he bought his 3D printer, USB 2.0 was too slow to send data to the printer fast enough and it lagged.

Then we talk about Raspberry Pi and how Python is now the number one programming language taught in school in England and across Europe replacing French. Seriously.

Raspberry Pi, Beagle, 3D Printing, and the age of the MakerBot culture

Reminds me of the Homebrew Computer Club


and ham radio days of old back during the development of Altaris, Apple computers, etc.

Cool projects with small devices

Here are some of the links from this week’s episode:

Robert Downey Jr. and the Iron Man Bionic Arm for a Seven Year old

3D Printing to Help Kids in Need by printing “hands”

Printing parts for a broken fridge

MakerBot Printing and Software

Thingiverse and cool things you can print with your 3D printer

Print your own case for Raspberry Pi 3

9 Cool Projects to do with Raspberry Pi (Some are awesome to do with your kids, others will take more attention to detail and older kids)


Performance Comparison between Raspberry Pi, Beagleboard, and Edison (my mistake, I referred to it as Einstein in a couple of places, doh!)

Arduino vs Raspberry Pi vs Beagleboard (by Make: Magazine, which is a great magazine for makerbot and small computer project folks)

An older model comparison that doesn’t have Raspberry Pi 3 but rather Raspberry Pi A & B

The Raspberry Pi Cookbook

Here are examples of Phil 3D printing:

3D Printed Objects 1

3D Printed Objects 2

3D Printed Objects 3

3D Printed Objects 4