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Raspberry Pi: Make a Workbench Automation computer

Build a touch-screen driven application and control appliances and devices using a Raspberry Pi

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I found the course to be very informative. The concepts presented can easily be used as a basis for other projects. I found Peter's explanations to be very clear and detailed. -- Steve

Really informative course. Has a good recap of the basics, so it is ideal for beginners. On top it shows some tips and tricks that are very handy to optimize your setup. -- Stefan

So far the course seems to be well laid out and easy to follow. With good explanation of what to expect from the course and what we should have gained by the end of it. I look forward to doing this course once i have all the parts ready. Thank you for creating what looks like another excellent course. -- Argon

This Raspberry Pi project course will show you how to integrate a variety of components into a gadget that I call "The Bench Computer".

Using your own Bench Computer, you will be able to control any device and appliance on your electronics work bench. Or, your kitchen, desk, entertainment system, and even your home!

The Bench Computer provides a great framework on which you can build your own home automation projects. I have designed it to help you get started!

Here are the main components (software and hardware) that you will learn about by taking this course:

- The Raspberry Pi (version 3 is recommended, but any model with a 40-pin header will do)

- The Raspberry Pi 7-inch touchscreen

- The Raspberry Pi Camera v2

- The Piface Relay+ HAT (contains the relays used to control 12V devices)

- External relays for controlling mains appliances

- Python 3 and the Tkinter framework for building the application

- Things that you want to control, like 12V LED strips and fans, and mains appliances like a soldering iron.

By completing this course, you will learn:

- How to create a Python application with a graphical user interface

- How to create a Python application that allows you to control external devices and appliances, and interact with sensor

- How to use the camera to take snapshots, interval snapshots (i.e. every few seconds) and videos. This is a perfect way for documenting your work.

- How to manipulate still images and video.

- How to design a driver circuit for the external relays

- How to control mains appliances safely

- How to create an enclosure for your mains controller circuit.

- How to setup a remote working environment for your Raspberry Pi

- And, much more!

All code is available on Github, and is free to download and use as you wish.

All parts are listed here.



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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Your Instructor


Dr Peter Dalmaris
Dr Peter Dalmaris

Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.

As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.

A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.

His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations.

Peter’s current online courses have helped over 40,000 people from around the world to be better Makers. His video courses include:

  • Tech Explorations™ Arduino Step by Step Your complete guide
  • Tech Explorations™ Arduino Step by Step: Getting Started
  • Tech Explorations™ Advanced Arduino Boards and Tools
  • Tech Explorations™ Basic electronics for Arduino Makers
  • Tech Explorations™ Raspberry Pi: Full Stack
  • Tech Explorations™ Raspberry Pi: Bench computer
  • Tech Explorations™ KiCad like a Pro
  • Tech Explorations™ The Electronics Workbench: a Setup Guide
  • Tech Explorations™ Make an Arduino remote controlled car
  • Tech Explorations™ Arduino: Make an IoT environment monitor
  • Tech Explorations™ Arduino Mastery Projects
  • Tech Explorations™ Make an Arduino Robot
  • Tech Explorations™ Make an Open Source Drone
  • Introduction to Mechanical CAD
  • Tech Explorations™ Arduino Robotics with the mBot

Peter’s books are:

  • Maker Education Revolution
  • Kicad Like a Pro: Learn the World’s Favourite Open Source PCB Electronic Design Automation tool
  • Raspberry Pi: Full Stack: A whirlwind tour of full-stack web application development on the Raspberry Pi
  • Arduino: a comprehensive starting up guide for complete beginners

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