28 Feb '15, 2pm

Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer

Eben Upton: The Raspberry Pi Pioneer

Babbage, the Skydiving, Raspberry Pi–Powered Teddy Bear Felix Baumgartner’s record-breaking skydive in 2012 saw him fall to Earth from an altitude of nearly 39 kilometers. The following year, a toy bear called Babbage —the Raspberry Pi team’s mascot—beat that jump by some 31 meters with the help of the miniature computer. Dave Akerman , a high-altitude ballooning enthusiast, used a Pi as the onboard control center. It took pictures of the ascent by hydrogen balloon and used a GPS system to monitor altitude and trigger the bear’s release, also capturing video of its leap from near space. A second Pi stuffed inside Babbage ran another camera and GPS system so that the intrepid bear could be recovered. Akerman has used the Pi on more than 20 other flights. “It’s the easiest and cheapest way of controlling a good-quality camera as well as sending down images and telemetry,” he...

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/profiles/eben-upton-th...

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