Leo has hacked many BigTraks over the last few years, replacing its innards with a Raspberry Pi and motor controller so he can either script it to run autonomously or using a PS3 controller via a BlueTooth connection. Leo has perfected his build process and has also experimented with adding robot arms and pan and tilt kits so he can follow targets using the Raspberry Pi Camera module and the popular computer vision package, OpenCV. You can see all of Leo’s excellent Raspberry Pi projects at where he goes into great detail breaking down his build processes and sharing his open source code.
Beale goes on to explain that for the new computer curriculum, starting in the UK in early September, students deserve the freedom to tinker, hack and experiment, not be allocated a sterile, locked down computer in an equally sterile environment. To make this transition, says the Foundation’s Director of Educational Development, some big changes will need to made to ICT (Information Computer Technology) rooms.
According to the Kick Starter campaign, which has just two days left to run and only one stretch goal yet to be reached, Ignition will support any emulator or game that can already run on the Raspberry Pi (that can also run via the command line). Ignition uses small configuration files to be compatibility with all these emulators and games. While lots of these configurations will be included for most current emulators, Alexander says they can be easily added for other software and future releases. With over $8,000 in the kitty, Ignition is already well clear of its initial $4,500 goal, but still nearly two thousand dollars short of its final stretch goal – a custom-made and programmable controller designed specifically for Ignition. With over $8,000 in the kitty, Ignition is already well clear of its initial $4,500 goal, but still nearly two thousand dollars short of its final stretch goal – a custom-made and programmable controller designed specifically for Ignition.