EE Live! 2014 will host six hands-on speed training sessions for the popular Raspberry Pi single-board computer, as well as giveaways for Raspberry Pis, custom accessory boards, and more. Anyone holding a pass for the conference's free Expo can attend and participate — add it to your schedule here. Note: Adding it to your schedule is a reminder only and does not guarantee your spot in the class; please sign up at Booth 638 when the expo floor opens at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.
Coming to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center this March 31 through April 3, EE Live! is a conference created by electronics engineers for electronics engineers. The event offers dozens of educational presentations, tutorials, case studies, and other attractions. Its Expo segment runs April 1 to April 3, and promises free access to more than 250 vendors, keynotes, and sessions.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation's Educational Resource Engineer Dave Honess (pictured) will present six consecutive “Robot Mania: Hands-On Speed Training with Raspberry Pi” sessions on April 2, starting at 11:00 a.m. (each session will last 45 minutes) at Booth 638. Attendees will learn how to drive the motors of a Rover 5 tank robot, controlling it via real-time input from a Raspberry Pi.
The robot has two motors, one on each side, which can be driven with different polarities to make them turn clockwise or counter-clockwise. By driving the motors in various ways, the robot can be made to move forward or backwards and turn on a dime. Attendees will also learn how to interface with a standard Arduino motor shield by using an add-on board for the Raspberry Pi known as a Gertduino. Gertduino is essentially a full Arduino on a Raspberry Pi expansion board.
The standard Arduino programming IDE will be used to write code to define how the robot will behave and how it will respond to messages being received from the Raspberry Pi. Dave and the foundation will be giving away the Raspberry Pis, boards, and robots at the end of the day.
And on April 3, the EE Live! Expo will hold “Let's Make a Deal: Raspberry Pi Quiz Show & Giveaway” at Booth 1608 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. Are you good at tech trivia? Doing binary math on the fly? Recalling useless bits of information easily? You can win one of 20 Raspberry Pis and a custom accessory board by taking part!
You can purchase an EE Live! 2014 All Access pass or register for a free Expo pass at the event's official site. But don't wait! The last day to register online for the event is Thursday, March 27, 2014.
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