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Byte Insight

Arduino

The amazing versatile Arduino microprocessor board that can be used in many projects.

RPi Twitter Led

This program follows on from the standard Python Twitter experiments.

The original inspiration for this whole experiment came from a @Rob Bishop (OCR) Raspberry Pi Recipe Card.  The objective of the program is to light an LED every time a tweet containing a particular word is sent to a certain person.

Python

Python is a highly readable language that is easy to use and learn hence it is gaining popularity as an education language.  However, this should not lead anyone to consider it a child’s language for it is not.  It is very powerful, flexible and platform independent.  It supports many styles of programming from scripting and web design to  GUI/Game development.

Twitter

The original inspiration for this whole experiment came from a @Rob Bishop (OCR) Raspberry Pi Recipe Card  (ocr-recipe-card-twitter-led.pdf). The objective is to interact with Twitter using Python.

RoboCode

Robocode is a programming game, where the goal is to develop a robot battle tank to battle against other tanks in Java or .NET. The robot battles are running in real-time and on-screen.

Zumo Robot

The Pololu Zumo Robot is a dual motor rubber tracked robot that fits inside the 10cm x 10cm rule for Mini Sumo Robot Competitions (Click here to see a video). Powered by 4 x AA Batteries it is controlled by an Arduino Uno and the Zumo Robot Shield working in tandem.

Zumo Buzzer

The Zumo Robot shield comes with a buzzer that can be used to signify events or actions.  

Turtle

Python Turtle is based on the Logo Programming Language that has been used as a popular way of teaching children programming for many years.  

MySql – Feedback

Getting helpful feedback from MySQL when it errors is possible if you use the following:

mysql_query($sql) or die('Some useful message:' . mysql_error() );

Zumo Motors

The Zumo Shield libraries provide basic motor operation consisting of PWM speed control and direction.