Upcoming Manchester Raspberry Jam events will now be occurring every other month. As before, the provisional date of each event will be the second Saturday of each scheduled month.
Following the success of other Raspberry Jam events with a less frequent schedule, such as Cambridge Raspberry Jam, we have decided to trial a bi-monthly schedule, with events held every other month. Our goal is to have several different activities and workshops at each event in the near future.
Pete Lomas will be running a workshop on getting started with Scratch and General Purpose Input Output (GPIO), built on the excellent Scratch GPIO support package created by Simon Walters. Ideal for beginners.
There are 10 loan systems available for use, or bring your own.
The systems and assistance will be available for the rest of the jam to carry on having fun.
A selection of boards that attach to the Raspberry Pi will be available to try.
“Bullet time” Camera Rig
Star in your own recreation of the famous ‘bullet time’ effect popularised by The Matrix films at the next Manchester Raspberry Jam.
40 Raspberry Pis take your picture from every angle in unison, which are then stitched into a video where you appear to hang in mid air while the camera moves round the scene. Andrew Robinson and his team will also be on hand to explain the story behind the rig, how it works, and share the backstage gossip from its recent use on BBC Four’s iconic Royal Institution Christmas Lectures.
Manchester Raspberry Jam and Python North West regular Dave Jones has been working hard on a pure Python implementation of the Pi camera module – of which he recently released a feature complete v1.0. The announcement was made by Ben Nuttall on the Raspberry Pi blog, along with example usage and demonstration of its application in a web app:
If you have a Raspberry Pi camera module, you’ve probably used raspistill and raspivid, which are command line tools for using the camera. Dave Jones, a Database Admin, software developer and SQL know-it-all based in Manchester has been working on an equivalent, feature complete implementation of these in Python. This means you can access the camera module directly from a Python script, without using os.system or executing a subprocess.