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Tech Explorations™ Raspberry Pi

Make a Workbench Computer

You will also learn how to use a GPIO breakout board that makes it very easy to secure wires to your Raspberry Pi

This Raspberry Pi project course will show you how to integrate a variety of components into a gadget that you can use to automate your work bench.

I call it "The Bench Computer".

With the Bench Computer, you will be able to control any device and appliance on your electronics work bench, like turn on and off your bench lights, soldering iron and fume extractor.

The Bench Computer provides a great framework on which you can build your own home automation projects Out of the box, you will be able to control anything with a simple on/off switch, like lights, fans, heaters etc.

I have designed this course to help you get started. What you get the Bench Computer to do is entirely up to you.

Here are the main components (software and hardware) that you will learn about by taking this course:

  • The Raspberry Pi (version 3 is recommended, but any model with a 40-pin header will do)
  • The Raspberry Pi 7-inch touchscreen
  • The Raspberry Pi Camera v2
  • The Piface Relay+ HAT (contains the small relays used to control 12V devices) OR a Keyestudio 4 Channel Relay board
  • A GPIO board breakout
  • Larger external relays used for controlling mains appliances like lights and your soldering iron
  • Python 3 and the Tkinter framework for building the application
  • Things that you want to control, like low-power 12V LED strips and fans, and mains appliances like a soldering iron.

Scroll further down for a list of learning objectives for this course.

All code is available on Github, and is free to download and use as you wish.

A list of parts is available in the first section of the course (free to view).

In 9 hours of video content and over 70 lectures, you will learn the necessary skills for interfacing you Raspberry Pi with your workbench.

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Rating 4.5 based on 59 ratings
Length 9.5 hours
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $11
From Udemy
Instructors Peter Dalmaris, Dr. Peter Dalmaris
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Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags Development Tools Development

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It's the first really useful thing I've done with the Raspberry Pi.

I am a beginner with the Raspberry Pi and Python and this was a good introduction to them both.

This course has motivated me to dig into the inner working of the Raspberry Pi 3, particularly terminal command, telnet and remote desktop programs for Windows, RSA key generation software and use, and BASH scripting and Python scripting.

Best place to start your projects with Raspberry pi.

The course has excellent content with practical application and functionality for the capabilities of a Raspberry Pi computer and extends this small but powerful computer way beyond spreadsheets and word processors.

It's the second course by Peter Dalmaris about Raspberry Pi, that I have been watching and it is excellent like the other.

I've purchased four of his others (The Electronics Workbench, KiCad Like a Pro, Raspberry Pi: Full Stack, and Arduino Step by Step) and his latest entry is just as great.

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very detailed in 6 reviews

Great course, very detailed with comprehensible breakdowns.

Very detailed explanation, very keen on learning as much as I can.

Very detailed.

Both articulated and presented very well, Good pace, and very detailed explanation of modules, just what we need!

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easy to follow in 4 reviews

the instructions are clear and he designed this course in a way that it is very easy to follow.

Great content, easy to follow, well-spoken instructor.

So far the course seems to be well laid out and easy to follow.

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so far in 4 reviews

The instruction is clear and detailed and so far, everything has worked.

So far, so good.

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highly recommend in 3 reviews

If you are interested in learning about the Pi, I highly recommend this course.

Would highly recommend.

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looks like in 3 reviews

It looks like I will be purchasing additional Rpi's in the future to play with.

The Piface Relay Plus looks like a good tool for interfacing loads that pull a little more amperage than just a few sensors and I am looking forward to working with it.

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Rating 4.5 based on 59 ratings
Length 9.5 hours
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $11
From Udemy
Instructors Peter Dalmaris, Dr. Peter Dalmaris
Download Videos Only via the Udemy mobile app
Language English
Subjects Programming
Tags Development Tools Development

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