Raspberry Pi

  • Lyra is a handheld games console with a twist. It doesn't come with any games, you put it together yourself (or pay extra to not) and it can double as a personal computer and a Raspberry Pi testbed. It's a quirky offering that could appeal to the classic console fan who loves to tinker.
  • ​Regular readers will be familiar with the retro wooden wonders of Love Hultén. Over the years, the Swedish designer has created wood-encased games consoles, computer replicas and music makers. His latest project is called the Evoboxx, a synthesizer based on the zero-player Game of Life from 1970.​
  • The latest version Raspberry Pi mini computer is now over a year old, so an update is long overdue. The Raspberry Pi foundation has just announced the next generation Pi, which represents a significant upgrade and now offers makers the choice of 1, 2 and 4 GB flavors of memory.​
  • Product developer Jono Matusky wanted a way to play his albums while working in his studio, without needing to keep popping into another room to change sides or set up multi-room streaming. The Plynth is the result.
  • Nebra's AnyBeam is a portable 720p projector that's small enough to fit in your pocket, It's pitched as the world's smallest pocket cinema projector, and comes in not one, but four variants, including a board for a Raspberry Pi and a funky sphere.​
  • Lego is easy to use and allows creative types to build whatever is in their heads, or adapt something created earlier to fit new needs. The MPA Platform from MakeProAudio offers a similar experience for folks wanting to build custom audio gear – with nothing more than a screwdriver.
  • The Raspberry Pi has played a huge part in the growth of the maker community, but if you wanted to buy the cheap-yet-powerful mini computer, you'd likely have to do so online. For tinkerers in the UK, that's now changed with the opening of the first Raspberry Pi retail store in Cambridge.
  • The Raspberry Pi Foundation says that a version 3 upgrade to its A+ cut-down computer board first introduced in 2014 has been one of its most frequent requests from makers. With the Pi 3 Model B+ now shipping, the Foundation has filled that gap with the all-new Pi 3 Model A+.​
  • March 14 is Pi Day (3/14), and what better way to celebrate than with a brand new Raspberry Pi micro-computer board? The Raspberry Pi Foundation has today released the Pi 3 Model B+, with a more powerful CPU, improved wireless LAN performance and Gigabit wired networking.
  • ​SpecNext started shipping its updated ZX Spectrum board to Kickstarter backers in December. Rather than having to connect his Next to a TV, Dan Birch opted to design a rather fantastic-looking Spectrum laptop that rocks its own screen, chiclet keyboard and stereo speakers.​
  • Matrix Labs has created a Raspberry Pi-compatible Internet-of-Things development board with built-in microphones that can bring custom voice recognition smarts to any maker project. And following a successful crowdfunding effort on Indiegogo last year, the Matrix Voice is now on general release.​
  • Running in the Halls was recently tasked with building a unique tea-making machine sporting basic AI for a UK TV show. After a bit of to and fro text messaging between the tea maker and the host via his old school Nokia phone, the machine would brew up a cuppa based on the Q&A exchange.