Category Archives: tinkering

Controlling the Maplin Robot Arm with Scratch V2 Offline on Microsoft Windows 10

In a complete departure from my previous posts, and as a result of buying one of these Arms for my kids for Christmas I thought I would write-up what I have done with it. This is the Maplin Robot Arm  … Continue reading

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Home Energy Centre using Raspberry Pi and Nook Simple Touch

Introduction Following on from using a Raspberry Pi to capture the electricity consumption of my home, I have over the last 2 years installed Solar Thermal Hot Water panels and very recently Solar PV.  This meant that I had an … Continue reading

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Monitoring Home Electricity Consumption with a Raspberry Pi – part 2

1. What you need A Raspberry Pi A Current Cost Meter A RJ45 to USB converter cable 2. Setting Up the Raspberry Pi Install the latest version of the Rasbian image onto a suitable SD card, insert into the Pi, … Continue reading

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Monitoring Home Electricity Consumption with a Raspberry Pi – part 1

Preamble A couple of years ago I was lucky enough to be given a Current Cost Energy Meter like the one in the photos below.  This type of device comes with a Hall Effect Sensor which goes around the Live … Continue reading

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Raspberry Pi Projects

Well I have owned a Raspberry Pi’ (c)  for a year now and I find them fantastic.  As someone who grew up with a BBC Micro (Model A upgraded by me to a B) when I was a teenager and spent many … Continue reading

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