Bristol Jam spreads the Raspberry Pi love: Photos

Bristol Jam spreads the Raspberry Pi love: Photos

Summary: Fans of the cheap, Linux-based computer met up in Bristol to show off devices based on the Raspberry Pi, one of a number of events intended to bring enthusiasts together.


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  • Fans of the Raspberry Pi computer descended on Bristol last week to show off innovative creations based on the $35 (£25) Linux device.

    The inaugural Bristol Raspberry Pi Jam event took place at the Bristol and Bath Science Park on 20 August.

    Among the devices on display was TwitBeeb (above), a 1981-vintage BBC B computer hooked up to a Raspberry Pi and running Twitter. Creator Barney Livingstone explains on his website that the educational intent behind both the BBC Micro and the Raspberry Pi made them an "obvious pairing".

    "They share a common heritage," he said, noting that some of the team behind the BBC Micro worked on architecture for ARM, which supplies the chip in the Raspberry Pi.

    Despite a capacitor in the power supply failing during the course of the evening, TwitBeeb proved popular in the Raspberry Pi Jam demo room.

    Image credit: John Honniball

  • Another guest speaker was aerospace engineer Arthur Amarra, who showed off a voice-controlled robotic arm (above) running on Raspberry Pi.

    Amarra's device uses the Julius open-source voice-recognition software, coupled with a USB microphone.

    "What I love about Raspberry Pi is that it is so accessible to people, especially children," Amarra told the Bristol event.

    Image credit: Richard Pitkin/BB Science Park

  • More than 100 people of all ages turned out at the Bristol Raspberry Pi Jam, which was supported by the Bristol and Bath Science Park (BBSP), electronic device maker Heber, and Broadcom, which supplies the chipset in the device.

    "We had people from industry, teachers — we even had people who up to this point had no interest in this kind of thing, but were attracted by this whole buzz about the Raspberry Pi," said Alan O'Donohoe, compere of the event and an ICT teacher from Preston.

    Other talks included a demonstration of RISC OS running on Raspberry Pi; the Django Pi Project, a website-building framework built on Python; and a word from Rob Bishop about the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

    The Bristol Raspberry Jam group is hoping to stage further events soon. "When the schools start back, I think we can expect to see local jams springing up, with people perhaps attending larger events at BBSP (and possibly a city centre venue too) to share what they're doing locally," organiser Trevor Johnson told ZDNet.

    Image credit: Richard Pitkin/BB Science Park

Topics: Emerging Tech, Linux, Open Source, After Hours

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  • Pi is nice but...

    Pi is nice but I prefer a bone, the BeagleBone, gives a lot more for its ~2X price and is readily available and easy to get your hands on.
  • Its a sign of the times

    Back in the good old days, me and some of my friends would descend on Brighton for the day for a computer show, or congregate round one of our houses to fiddle with 6502 and Z80 based boards and play very basic games that we'd typed into them from buggy magazine listings.
    Later it was 68000 - Amigas, making music and demos and posting on the BBS, then LAN parties playing Doom and the explosion of Teh Internets, followed by well, nothing really.

    Sitting in front of an Xbox on my own, playing games with my friends, or sitting in front of the PC posting endless bollocks on Faceplant. On my own...

    I'm really glad to see the Pi doing what it was meant to do, even though the foundation has had to cater to its customers and provide codecs so it can play [pirated] Windows media... But it would be nice to actually meet someone who'd heard of one outside my usual circle, I might put on a jam myself... Old school lol.