Tuesday, January 1, 2013

PyHack Workshop #03: Python ICU

PyHack Workshop

A monthly workshop using the wonderful Python programming language to do cool hacks, bridging the virtual and the physical. Presented by PYPTUG, in collaboration with Fablocker. We invite anyone who is interested in learning Python to attend.

Last month, Workshop #2 featured the Raspberry Pi, and the RPi.GPIO library.

We connected some motors (DC and steppers) to the Raspberry Pi, and controlled them from Python. We explored modules that help with hardware hacking, and we wrapped it up with some interesting demo involving a toy and some of Bresenham's algorithms.

For those that didn't attend, we know you are dying to get the details. Well, you'll have to wait until next week for more information due to another Raspberry Pi event going on the 9th.

Workshop #3

This month (January), we continue to feature the Raspberry Pi.

The theme will be Python ICU (not the medical kind: I see you), and of course this will involve some webcams (and we will talk about the upcoming camera module from the Raspberry Pi foundation), the Raspberry Pi, and Python.

Along with the Pi and the webcam, we will be using Python and pygame. That's the main portion of the workshop, but we'll also use a phone, a web server and a web framework on top of that. And OpenCV if there is some time left. To do what? You'll have to be there...

There will be a Pi configured for anybody to log on to it and test their program on it. Or you can bring your own setup. Having said that, any laptop and, optionally a USB webcam, should do the trick, since no GPIOs will be harmed in the making of this Workshop!


All experience levels are welcome. You might have just done a Hello, World program in Python (or not even that), or at the other end of the spectrum, written your own package. All will learn something new.

It is recommended to create an account on BitBucket if you plan to follow along with your laptop and Raspberry Pi. If not, don't worry about it. The bitbucket repository will be posted on the PYPTUG mailing list before the event, and on this site after the event.

You might want to give your Raspberry Pi a unique name, and follow these instructions, to set up zeroconf on your Pi: bonjour-zeroconf-avahi.html


Saturday January 12 2013
At 3pm-6pm EST



1020 Brookstown Ave #17
Winston-Salem, NC 27101 

The door is on the side of the building. See also the fablocker.org website for more detail on the location.

Meetup RSVP

If you have a meetup account (it only takes a brief moment to create one if you don't), please RSVP for PyHack, on saturday January 12 2013:


That way we have an idea of how many people will be at the workshop.

We also encourage you to join our mailing list if you plan to attend, as we communicate pre and post workshop links to bitbucket and things like that.

The PYPTUG mailing list is at:


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