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First ever Raspberry Pi Jam (the Netherlands)

September 26th was the first ever Dutch Raspberry Pi Jam at Ordina


Short version: Raspberry Pi & Arduino-fest 2013. Embedded systems and micro-controllers everywhere!

Longer version: Gert van Loo was there, known from the Gertboard, telling us about the process of how the Raspberry Pi came to be. There were (quite a few) representatives from Bitlair, a ‘hackerspace‘ located in Amersfoort, (edit:) and Rev Space located in The Hague (/edit) showing their awesome hacking skills. Like this old military telex connected to twitter showing all the tweets hash-tagged #RasPiNL. Awesomely steampunk, don’t you think?

Tim Becker was a speaker who gave a presentation about Anykey0x. What is Anykey you ask? One button to rule them all! Need a designated “ë” button on your keyboard? This button provides! .. Well, that’s how it started out and it has grown out to be programable micro-controller similar to Arduino, but much simpler in it’s premise, yet it’s a little faster so it should be able to do a little more. And I for one like it’s noob-friendly features: You can’t brick the little device by writing bad code, cause the boot-loader is written in ROM! Thank you Tim! So I decided to get one myself. A few examples of what you could do: Make a joystick track your mouse-pointer, run midi-commands (OSC would work as well but beware, check the maximum binary size!) or make led’s blink (…duh!). With some work you could, as far as I’ve understood, make a working audio interface out of it which could perhaps provide the Raspberry Pi with a better audio output then the current build-in one. A device this small could easily be patched onto the RasPi. I did mention it was small right? Well, this is what it looks like:

And last but certainly not least was Jeremy from Autostatic who gave a live demo of what the Raspberry Pi can do using real-time audio software. Using (Debian) applications like Samplv1 and a virtual guitar-effect box playing live guitar. Jeremy has done a lot of work to get audio software like Jack running with low-latency and has build applications from source for the Raspberry Pi’s ARMHF CPU architecture, sometimes working together with the coders of the original source to get things working. Most if not all of his work on the Pi can be installed via the audio repository he is maintaining. To install the repository on your Debian (Raspbian) system head on over to, and follow the procedures. From there you can look up all kinds of useful audio-applications like Synthv1, Non-Sequencer, and much, much more!

All in all it was a great day, and there was just too much to sum up here. Like a robot playing chess, pi-cameras making time-lapse images or providing an easy way to tweet your new hairdo , there was even a programming workshop to get you started with the Scratch programming environment. I think this day inspired many new projects and I hope we can see more innovative workshops, seminars and conferences like this. And for that we thank Ordina for hosting this event. (Hopefully,) see you at the next one!