Sorry for the lack of updates, I got the flu and it kicked my ass! I’ve also been dealing with school, my grandma being sick, work, and just so much stuff on my plate. But yay It’s spring break right now, so I’m back for a bit.
While I was gone the Raspberry Pi 3 was released! How awesome is that! A 64bit Quad Core ARM core running at 1.2ghz with 1GB of RAM AND built in WiFi and Bluetooth. And it’s still only $35!
I’ve also almost finished the Storm Trooper Helmet
So this week the Raspberry Pi Foundation released a new version of Raspbian that includes experimental support for OpenGL. This is a big leap from OpenGL ES. This is real OpenGL that tons of games and software use. No mobile versions required anymore. That being said, its super experimental. It basically breaks the official screen and the camera doesn’t work. It also only works in xwindows and not on the command line.
BUT! One of my favorite games (and the way I lost 50lbs) is now available on the Pi! StepMania! The Dance Dance Revolution simulation game!
Here’s how to compile it:
First clone the StepMania repo:
git clone https://github.com/stepmania/stepmania stepmania
The winner of the Raspberry Pi Zero giveaway is Aaron! Congratulations! I will be emailing you later tonight!
Onto other news. This has been a hell of a week. Had a small health scare with my grandmother, so we drove 200 miles yesterday to visit her. We spent the night and drove back home today. Hence the late post. Shes doing better, so phew! 😀
This week I implemented a cool video encoding queuing system using Redis and Django. The module I used is called Django-RQ, and it makes it super simple to convert your functions into queue-able objects using the @Job decorator.
This Tuesday is my birthday! Woo! I turn 32. I’m content. I also start classes that night. Yay lol. I bought this as a gift for myself:
It’s a Monoprice Maker Architect 3D Printer for $300. It’s a major upgrade compared to my Micro, but it takes a lot more to get it going. I’ve had it for two days and I’ve finally got most of the settings dialed in.
When I went to visit my Grandma I took along my Kinect sensor and used Skanect to scan her, so I was able to quickly print out a very low poly version of her as a bust.
The Skanect free version limits exports to only 5000 polygons. Once I upgrade I can export at full resolution.
TGIF! Thank goodness it’s Friday. This has been a trying week.
For the bad: I had a little food poisoning, had a small car issue, and dealt with an anxiety attack of epic proportions (hooray for an understanding doctor’s office / doctor.)
For the good: Got most of the kickstarter parts in. Found a really cool edge case in a program we developed at work, and was able to fix it! Also pushed a large project out to AWS for work and it worked. The more I use AWS for large scale applications the more I love it. Still afraid of vendor lock in for my personal projects though.
Happy Friday, Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Black Friday, Happy Raspberry Pi Zero Day!
So yesterday the Raspberry Pi Foundation launched a new Raspberry Pi board, the Zero.
It’s TINY! And only $5 dollars. So far it’s a Pi 1 clocked at 1ghz, 512MB of RAM, Micro USB for power, Micro USB for peripherals, GPIO pins but without headers, and a mini HDMI port. The latest edition of the MagPi is going to include one in every issue.
They already seem to be sold out online, but I was able to get the starter pack on Adafruit for 29.99. It was worth it since I don’t have a mini HDMI or micro USB to full USB adapter.
I was lucky enough to be able to attend a day of IAAPA again this year. IAAPA is THE worldwide Arcade and Amusement expo. I’m fortunate that it takes place in Orlando, FL, otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get this opportunity.
One of the highlights of the trade show was that Sega was there showing off the new to North America “Luigi’s Mansion Arcade”. This has been in Japan for two years now, but this is the first time (other than one location test) that a Luigi’s Mansion Arcade unit has been in the States. It’s a very neat game. It’s an on rails shooter game, where your gun is an all in one flashlight and vacuum cleaner. You stun the ghosts with the flashlight, then suck them into your vacuum. It’s a lot of fun, and I hope it gets translated and a few places pick them up.
Less than 24 hours left on the Deskcade Kickstarter! So excited!!!
On a related note, I picked up a Steam Controller to see what the hype was about. It’s cool, but what’s really neat is that it can be a keyboard, mouse, or gamepad at the same time, depending on the game. Whats not cool is it requires steam to be running to set that.
I’ve forked it (https://github.com/ssilverm/steamcontroller) and I’m going to see if I can get it running as just a joypad for now. It can currently run on the Raspberry Pi, and I can see the buttons being detected and get the feedback. It’s just not being passed into a uinput item yet. Soon 😀
Also, I’m trying to get the bootsplash to work again in Raspbian Jessie. Jessie introduces Systemd, which takes over for init.d. Currently the bootsplash runs later in the startup, so by the time omxplayer starts, the login screen is about a second away from showing up. I’m working on that too.
In just a short amount of time the Deskcade Kickstarter has been 100% funded!
This is awesome! Thank you all for your continued support. Here is some play testing I took at FamiLAB:
I have been told very last minute that I am going to Austin Texas next week to participate in a committee standard meeting, to help shape the next version of the Learning Tools Interoperability standard. I hate flying, so I’m nervous about the trip, but its only 2.5 hours. Just gotta try to sleep through the flight and I’ll be good. On the plus side, there are some INCREDIBLE arcades in Austin. Going to try to get Pinballz Arcade, and ArcadeUFO.