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PiLab

I'm a system administrator by trade and I want to find a way to inspire students to look under the hood of their computers and networks. I want to invite them into the steam tunnels and smithies of the internet. Students are told "look at the shiny stuff on top. Keep your hands off those sparky bits behind". The Pi Lab is meant to provide students with access, control of and visibility into a whole network. It includes not just the Pi but also power control and control of the router.

I’m a system administrator by trade and I want to find a way to inspire students to look under the hood of their computers and networks. I want to invite them into the steam tunnels and smithies of the internet.

Students are told “look at the shiny stuff on top. Keep your hands off those sparky bits behind”. The Pi Lab is meant to provide students with access, control of and visibility into a whole network. It includes not just the Pi but also power control and control of the router.

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Nick Normal

I’m an artist & maker. A lifelong biblioholic, and advocate for all-things geekathon. Home is Long Island City, Queens, which I consider the greatest place on Earth. 5-year former Resident of Flux Factory, co-organizer for World Maker Faire (NYC), and blogger all over the net. Howdy!


Comments

  1. Note: For the “Raspi64″ the raspberry pi is only loaded with Raspbmc. It was just placed inside an N64.

  2. Is there a MAKE article on how to build this?

  3. jezra says:

    So who are the winners, and what do you plan on making with your winner goodies?

    1. Nick Normal says:

      Hi jezra,
      Good point – I updated the blog and slideshow with a link to the winners. You can see the winners here. Thanks for reading!

  4. sudo-nym says:

    Wow, that Spin case is head and shoulders above most of the other cases I’ve seen!

  5. aaronjw says:

    Lame – nothing really of substance except maybe that RFID server or that Server Control Monitor – those were pretty awesome, honorable mention for the wedding invitations idea maybe. Everything else was “look at my pretty box to hide the electronics” or rehashed idea to ∞+1. Internet radio, streaming widgets of data, remote garage door opener? Siri Proxi? as a control switch? These are all things that we get from existing smartphones and are “let me show you this!” gimmicky things that all ultimately serve to be a waste of time.

    1. Kiro says:

      So where can we see your cool RPi porject?

      Thought so….

      1. therealJayz says:

        lol Kiro, well played…I hate people who whine about everything, whan whan whan is all I can hear…so, Aaron, if you don’t anything constructive to say then don’t say anything!! simple as that

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  7. barrywilliams991 says:

    Looks absolutely GREAT! I think you could sell them.

    1. Ooops! The clear custom case is what I am talking about. It is downright elegant!

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