Some Friday video

One of our mods pointed me at this superb video from HomoFaciens. The first part is an elegant introduction to the Raspberry Pi, and the second contains the best example of the sort of things you can achieve with interfacing the Raspberry Pi we’ve seen so far – there are some simply remarkable hardware projects on display in the latter half of the video, and I really, really encourage you to find 14 minutes to sit down and watch it all the way through.

As if that wasn’t enough, HomoFaciens has also made the video available in German.

I’m in awe. I can’t imagine how HomoFaciens has had the time to put together all this hardware, do a load of benchmarking and film and edit this video in two languages. Thanks HF!

Update, Aug 14: Homo Faciens has put up a page with more information about the I/O boards he put together for these projects, since so many of you have asked here and on the forums!


Ravenous avatar

…There will now follow a million posts demanding “plz tell me how to do this I can’t be bothered to research it”.

Seriously, great video goes through a range of interfacing ideas.

CianHa avatar

Beautiful Video, thanks to HomoFaciens for making it! hope it inspires a few to get busy with the hardware side of things! Also the best use of a 2CV in a tutorial I’ve ever seen!

liz avatar

By the time I got to the 2CV I’d already stopped the video twice to email people about how great it was. I think the point where my mouth flopped open occurred somewhere around the home-made printer – and there’s LOADS more after that.

stevenspmd avatar

Talk about throwing down the gauntlet .. exceptional work!! very inspiring =)

cnxsoft avatar

Excuse my French but: “Holy Shit!!!”

NZ avatar

Wish I had that kind of free time…

Chris avatar

Awesome. This is just fantastic stuff. Inspirational, clear and simple.
The Pi engine governor is great. Internal combustion and Pi are a good mix; call me a traditionalist but I think steam and Pi would be better. :o)

Funny too. Hilarious, in fact…!

DexOS avatar

Superb video, love the way he demos that you do not need a Atmel chip stuck on the end of the pi, to make it usable for electronics.

Paul Johnson avatar

I think that might be the best video I’ve ever seen!

What really blows my mind is that this is <6 months since the Pi was released. I can't wait to see what people are doing with it in 2 years time…..

Hove avatar

From such simple interface circuitry to protect the GPIO port, to such magnificent examples of what a freed mind could achieve. I love the ink-jet printing, and the milling of it’s own case.

Alfred avatar

The guy’s English is hilarious, but this video is really awesome! People should realize that they can achieve the same things when using the Gertboard (they still need to bring in the programming skills but at least they have to bother less about the interfacing hardware). That will stop all the moaning about the Gertboard’s price tag.

Seriously, the RasPi foundation can’t find a better promotional video!

Btw I suspect mr. Heinz that many projects he demonstrated, already existed but used to be hooked up to an Arduino or similar. But he demonstrates very well that you can use the RasPi for the same projects and that it is far more versatile!

(Very off-topic, but why can’t I post comments using Google Chrome and do I need to switch back to Internet Exploder? I always get password mismatches on Chrome.)

Paul Johnson avatar

I’m not sure hilarious is the right word. I think there are few things sound finer than English spoken with a German accent.

liz avatar

Agreed – I thought his accent was very charming and very easy to understand. (And his English is excellent!)

Martyn Jones avatar

So it wasn’t a German English speech synthesiser then ?

Alfred avatar

That’s what I meant with “hilarious”. It sometimes sounds more like the old C64 “Sam Reciter” program than like a human. But indeed, it is very correct and very understandable.

Being Dutch myself, I wouldn’t have done it better…

Hok avatar

I can assure you that his German sounds a little funny, too. But we are all in awe of his technical skills, and I’m glad he is so modest to keep a low profile elsewhere :-)

Marc avatar

That is just amazing.

Chris avatar

To be clear, when I said ‘hilarious’ I was referring to his comments about shiny toy computers versus real computers that you can use to control, say, an engine. And program without silly shiny interfaces. I positively, definitely, was *not* talking about HF’s splendid accent which (like the welsh accent, c.f. Rhod Gilbert, and the Scottish accent, c.f. Billy Connolly) lends warmth and personality to the monologue and makes it much funnier. Clearly an educated man and a smooth talker.

More inspirational Pi videos! We need more!

asb avatar

He has a fantastic sense of humour, which made it even more fun to watch. “There is no power switch on the board, because that would have lifted the production costs into astronomical heights” :)

Robert avatar

I got a kick out of that one, too! :-D

Angel Padilla avatar

Brilliant! Many more reasons to start pre-ordering the GERTBOARDS! :)

David Ball avatar

Good work! And with full subtitles :) Really useful when you’re deaf!

Mats avatar

Damn, my old “school” german is worse then I thought :)
But nice videos :D

Peter Jenkins avatar

I have been reading the articles here for a while now. But this is the first artcile that has made me want to comment. This was brilliant. This should be emailed to all IT / Science teachers.

Just brilliant.

scep avatar

Wot no tech teachers? ;)

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Robert avatar

That was _definitely_ worth the time. Lots of great ideas tossed out, with a nice dollop of good jokes to sweeten then whole thing :-D

Good work, H.F.!

David avatar

This is awesome! Keep up the good work. I think I’m going to have to order one or two or three.

pauldow avatar

Well, that puts me, and my blinking LED, back to the drawing board. ;-)

andy avatar

Excellent video, narrated by Schwarzenegger. 10/10 would watch again.

Chewy avatar

The video is excellent but it has nothing to do with the price of a Gert board, it’s all about ingenuity and imagination which are both priceless.

jerrylamos avatar

“Some Friday video” not viewable on this RasPi Debian all up to date and firmware updated. A few days ago I tried Gnash, re-installed, tried Gnash again, which was huge, and didn’t work. Couldn’t get internet on raspbmc I think that’s what is called. I haven’t seen HTML5 available for the Pi?

Shouldn’t things published on Rasperry Pi Org be viewable on a raspberry pi?

Thanks, Jerry

stevepdp avatar

Bare in mind I haven’t actually tried this yet on the Pi, but I suspect that it will work as I use it on my Ubuntu laptop just fine.

There’s a script out there called youtube-dl To fetch the first video, you would run:

stevepdp@pi:~$ youtube-dl

…and what it will do is fetch the video typically in either the flv format or for newer videos, MP4 which *should* play fine in both omxplayer and the various xbmc builds.

Hope this helps :-)

reiuyi avatar

This is amazing!

I’ve read numerous things about linux not being suitable for doing exact timing, but if you restrict yourself to the lower run levels, it seems to be working perfectly! Many more pages of the internet to read

Jude avatar

Excellent video. I haven’t touched a soldering iron in 26 years but this video is inspiring enough to make me start thinking about hardware again.

Chris avatar

I wish this guy was my Science teacher! And it’s a long time since I’ve been in school.

Spütnik avatar

This guy is amazing. Some of this stuff is bordering on magic.

ken dakin avatar

This is a BRILLIANT video – must see

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