This afternoon I spent a fun few hours with Norwich Raspberry Pi User and Developer Group. The group held a meetup at The Soup Lab, which turned out to be a small but very geeky location to meet. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but found a group of like-minded and very enthusiastic raspberry Pi owners with a wide range of projects and interests on their minds. I saw a clever power-saving relay-switched power bar, a low-cost robot arm. experiments with JTAG, Zoe – a retro-looking control system for hydroponic gardening, and so on. Alongside these projects everyone was helping each other with problems and puzzlement ranging from how to power a small, encased project, to driving a LCD projector and setting up local network connections, showing interesting hardware (as well as all the Raspberry Pis there were several variants of Arduino kicking around).
More than anything, though, it was just a really pleasant atmosphere to chat about anything related to all this technology.
By the end of the session a couple of inches of snow had fallen, and driving out of unfamiliar Norwich streets amidst frustrated traffic and swirling snowflakes was not so much fun. When I eventually got back home there was no snow, but looking out the window now I can see that it is now falling here too.