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Hacking the Raspberry Pi with JavaScript

Presented by Alex Roche.  

@ Lab for the Recently Possible 45 Gloucester Street, Brighton, BN1 4EW Map of Lab for the Recently Possible

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'Raspberry Pi' by Gijsbert Peijs

The Raspberry Pi is an amazing foundation for hacking with, and deserves more credit than most people give it. As the lovechild of an Arduino and a computer, it gives you more responsibilities and possibilities than you would otherwise expect. It leaves all of the choices to the end user, from Operating System to how much processing power is dedicated to graphics rendering.

In this talk, Alex Roche will cover the options and potential challenges you might face setting up your Raspberry Pi, and how to overcome these. In addition, he will also talk about why you might want to choose the Raspberry Pi as a platform. Specifically, Alex will be talking about NodeJS and how to use Javascript to both Interface and Interact with physical elements such as LED's and Variable Potentiometers. To this end, there will also be discussion about some of the libraries that are available to run on the Raspberry Pi to make Hardware Interaction easier.

The talk will be a discussion of Alex's experiences using the Raspberry Pi as a platform, in addition to the different possibilities with the NodeJS library. It should be helpful to anybody with a front-end development background who wants to do some hardware hacking with a language they are familiar with.

We will cover the options and potential challenges you might face setting up your Raspberry Pi, and how to overcome them. In addition, we will also talk about why you might want to choose the Raspberry Pi as a platform. Specifically, NodeJS will be covered along with how to use Javascript to both interface and interact with physical elements such as LED's and Variable Potentiometers. To this end, there will also be discussion about some of the libraries that are available to run on the Raspberry Pi to make Hardware Interaction easier.

Alex is a London-based web developer who has a passion for hardware hacking and an enthusiasm for learning. When he's not being technical, he's either riding a bike or practising archery.

Update: slides online

Alex's slides are available here.

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