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by BMS Doug
Fri May 26, 2017 12:23 pm
Forum: Beginners
Topic: Car install
Replies: 2
Views: 795

Re: Car install

As DrGeoff says, this is all possible but is a lot to do for your first project (and having no car stereo while you get it working would be irritating). How about starting with a Home internet radio setup? There are HATs available to add the audio output and you could gradually add features to it un...
by BMS Doug
Fri May 26, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Coming back.
Replies: 13
Views: 1976

Re: Coming back.

Today I woke with one of my abilities restored that had been lost. Now I can form signed language naturally again (sign language is my first language, and one of the things lost with the recent medical problems), with very little difficulty. Great News, I am very happy to hear it. My best wishes to...
by BMS Doug
Fri May 26, 2017 7:41 am
Forum: AIY Projects
Topic: STICKY: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!
Replies: 42
Views: 42796

Re: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!

Actually, now that I've read Doug's comments (and turned off what's left of my neurons), this works very well. It's interesting to find the limitations to Google's learning; it doesn't know about Harridan Ratbag Disorder :) Thanks go to @BMS Doug... I'm glad to have been able to help. Note that thi...
by BMS Doug
Fri May 26, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: bee hive project
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: bee hive project

So, what I am hearing is that I should find another project that is using a different model, follow that project step by step, and then try to port it? If that is the case, what is the best way to find a well documented bee hive project that I can repeat? There are quite a few out there, try this o...
by BMS Doug
Thu May 25, 2017 11:49 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pi-Themed Summer Computing Club
Replies: 4
Views: 3504

Re: Pi-Themed Summer Computing Club

Largest Concern: Can you get hold of the Pi Zero W's? Pimoroni show as having them in stock. I would need 10, so hopefully they have sufficient supplies. but still limited to 1 / customer... How will they be connecting to the Pi? Monitor keyboard and mouse? (1 microUSB port!) HDMI mini to full HDMI...
by BMS Doug
Thu May 25, 2017 10:47 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Pi-Themed Summer Computing Club
Replies: 4
Views: 3504

Re: Pi-Themed Summer Computing Club

Largest Concern: Can you get hold of the Pi Zero W's? How will they be connecting to the Pi? Monitor keyboard and mouse? (1 microUSB port!) Physical Computing: Some of the best bits of raspberry Pi involve physical computing, which makes a hammer header for each pi zero a good idea (£2 each for male...
by BMS Doug
Thu May 25, 2017 8:52 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: bee hive project
Replies: 4
Views: 927

Re: bee hive project

I am looking for someone to help point me in the right direction for starting a project... I bought a Pi zero w, because it was cheap and right in front of me; not really sure if that was the right model for me... In the end, I want to hook a bunch of sensors up to it to collect data in and around ...
by BMS Doug
Thu May 25, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Unpleasant new board smell ?
Replies: 68
Views: 10773

Re: toxic new board smell ?

I have never noticed any Pi smell. Of the purchasers of more than 10 million Pi you are the first to complain of a smell. Hardly the first you are smelling the soldering process. Check that your Pi works properly when powered up (just in case yours is actually broken), then leave it out of the encl...
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: AIY Projects
Topic: RFID / Prox
Replies: 6
Views: 780

Re: RFID / Prox

Doug, Out of curiosity .. can i integrate the raspberry pi into a Trend 963 System?... Interesting question, the Trend network is closed protocol and attaching a pi as a controller would be tricky. The Pi can be made to communicate with a modbus or bacnet network so using a XNC could connect it, bu...
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 12:04 pm
Forum: AIY Projects
Topic: RFID / Prox
Replies: 6
Views: 780

Re: RFID / Prox

Hi All... Would the 'ioProx Kantech P225XSF' reader work with the raspberry pi ?... Here is a step by step tutorial for connecting operating a 26 bit Wiegand card reader and a raspberry pi. The tutorial is quite old so the steps might not work. The fact that it used to be possible means that it sti...
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 11:01 am
Forum: The MagPi
Topic: magpi magazine stockists ?
Replies: 11
Views: 4325

Re: magpi magazine stockists ?

My advice is to think of less "geeky" locations. For example, I went to two stores in Leicester, both stocked it but had sold out (Sainsburys and WH Smith). I went to a small town further afield (Ashby) which I wouldn't suggest has much call for tinkering with little computers, the hobbies there se...
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: The MagPi
Topic: AIY kit list???
Replies: 1
Views: 1481

Re: AIY kit list???

Hi there, like many people I have not been lucky enough to get issue 57 as it sold out everywhere!!!!! Bummer!!!!! Does anyone know if there is a build list of the parts needed to build the kit featured in issue 57. Or a similar project out there. I do apologise if this is a silly question as I am ...
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 8:32 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: should we really be handing over this kind of power to AI?
Replies: 28
Views: 3297

Re: should we really be handing over this kind of power to A

Burngate wrote:That's where AI's will win; they won't worry about philosophical conundrums such as does tomorrow exist, they'll just do what they're programmed to do.
2) 'Exterminate! Exterminate!' - Dalek
Daleks aren't AI, they are living beings in battle armour. (and yes, they are entirely fictional)
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 8:13 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Options for best 1st purchase of Raspberry Pi et al
Replies: 3
Views: 592

Re: Options for best 1st purchase of Raspberry Pi et al

Hi All So, I ventured into MicroControllers only a few short months ago when I decided to purchase an Arduino (sorry folks!!)... then another Arduino Pro-mini... then an ESP8266 and finally, I also have an ESP32 on its way. But... I have become extremely intrigued by the Raspberry Pi3 and now want ...
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 7:59 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Modifying a 3.5" car display for USB power.
Replies: 453
Views: 224242

Re: Modifying a 3.5" car display for USB power.

facebraker wrote:
Image

it works for me!

Greets Alex
Pin 2 outputs the 5V, that is where you need to solder your 5v supply wire.
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 7:56 am
Forum: AIY Projects
Topic: STICKY: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!
Replies: 42
Views: 42796

Re: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!

Having signed in using our google ID to the cloud console page we are tempted with; "Try the google cloud platform for free" and with a "Sign up for a free trial" options, these are traps you have already signed into the google cloud platform and can now use it as you need to, ignore them and click ...
by BMS Doug
Wed May 24, 2017 7:44 am
Forum: AIY Projects
Topic: STICKY: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!
Replies: 42
Views: 42796

Re: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!

It took me a bit of messing about but i was able to activate the speech api without entering any billing details. It isnt obvious or easy but you can use it as a personal account. Would you like to explain how you did it as what ever approach I tried Google always asks for a credit card for a busin...
by BMS Doug
Mon May 22, 2017 8:49 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Modifying a 3.5" car display for USB power.
Replies: 453
Views: 224242

Re: Modifying a 3.5" car display for USB power.

The easiest way is to try it with a 5V supply, if it works then you don't have to worry any further, if not then we need to get the details from the voltage regulator chip, they are normally XL1509-3.3 or XL1509-5.0 (for 3V3 or 5V respectively). If you have a XL1509 ADJ then using a voltmeter to fig...
by BMS Doug
Mon May 22, 2017 8:07 am
Forum: Other projects
Topic: Modifying a 3.5" car display for USB power.
Replies: 453
Views: 224242

Re: Modifying a 3.5" car display for USB power.

Hello everyone! I could use some help with this screen that everyone's talking about. The original post's pictures are gone and since english isn't my first language it's kind of hard to follow the steps without any pictures. And since this thread was posted 2012 I'm pretty sure mine's different. I...
by BMS Doug
Fri May 19, 2017 3:02 pm
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Lol- The joking thread
Replies: 316
Views: 70528

Re: Lol- The joking thread

Burngate wrote:Candy floss?


A.k.a. fairy floss, cotton candy
Machines invented in 1897 and 1921, both by dentists.
Being 99% pure sugar A.k.A. tooth-rot, you'd think they'd have known better.
They knew that they were giving themselves work for as long as they wanted it.
by BMS Doug
Fri May 19, 2017 7:23 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: Lol- The joking thread
Replies: 316
Views: 70528

Re: Lol- The joking thread

paulie wrote:Is it "Never lift more than you can eat",
Or " Never eat more than you can lift"?
the one that I heard was: "Never eat anything bigger than your own head, unless it's Ice-cream."
by BMS Doug
Thu May 18, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: AIY Projects
Topic: STICKY: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!
Replies: 42
Views: 42796

Re: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!

It took me a bit of messing about but i was able to activate the speech api without entering any billing details. It isnt obvious or easy but you can use it as a personal account.
by BMS Doug
Wed May 17, 2017 10:23 pm
Forum: AIY Projects
Topic: STICKY: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!
Replies: 42
Views: 42796

Re: Welcome to the AIY Projects forum!

R37R0 wrote:Having built the kit, I was a little disappointed to find out that I need to enter credit card credentials to use the Speech API :shock: .

Is this a new form of micro-transactions ?
The stock version is free, its the advanced version that costs to use (after the first $300 or first year).
by BMS Doug
Wed May 17, 2017 10:18 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: PSI sensor (150 psi)
Replies: 3
Views: 986

Re: PSI sensor (150 psi)

I just looked at the sensor you suggested and found the nearest match that had a digital output type.

Googling the part code showed that digi-key will sell single units.
by BMS Doug
Wed May 17, 2017 9:39 pm
Forum: Automation, sensing and robotics
Topic: PSI sensor (150 psi)
Replies: 3
Views: 986

Re: PSI sensor (150 psi)

Better to use this one.

This is the same sensor but with SPI or I2C output instead of an analogue voltage output.

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