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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

** UPDATED JANUARY 31, 2018 **

The latest update includes a whole new section in which you will learn how to build your Raspberry Pi Bench Computer using a low cost relay board instead of the (hard to find) Piface Relay+. You will also learn how to use a GPIO breakout board that makes it very easy to secure wires to your Raspberry Pi

This Raspberry Pi project course will show you how to integrate a variety of components into a gadget that you can use to automate your work bench.

I call it "The Bench Computer".

With the Bench Computer, you will be able to control any device and appliance on your electronics work bench, like turn on and off your bench lights, soldering iron and fume extractor.

The Bench Computer provides a great framework on which you can build your own home automation projects Out of the box, you will be able to control anything with a simple on/off switch, like lights, fans, heaters etc.

I have designed this course to help you get started. What you get the Bench Computer to do is entirely up to you!

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 small relays used to control 12V devices) OR a Keyestudio 4 Channel Relay board
  • A GPIO board breakout
  • Larger external relays used for controlling mains appliances like lights and your soldering iron
  • Python 3 and the Tkinter framework for building the application
  • Things that you want to control, like low-power 12V LED strips and fans, and mains appliances like a soldering iron.

Scroll further down for a list of learning objectives for this course.

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

A list of parts is available in the first section of the course (free to view).

In 9 hours of video content and over 70 lectures, you will learn the necessary skills for interfacing you Raspberry Pi with your workbench.

Class Curriculum

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?
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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.

Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers.

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 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers.

For more information on Peter's work, please go to his web site.


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