Building A "Steampunk Presentation Manipulation Apparatus" With A Raspberry Pi

Short Form
Scheduled: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 from 1:30 – 2:15pm


The Raspberry Pi makes a fine little conference presentation machine, especially when it's packaged in a Steampunk theme. This talk highlights how to bring physical computing together with practical application to create a useful Linux-based device. I'll discuss idea generation, research, prototyping, challenges and use. We'll actually use the device with Libreoffice for the slides and a hacked Webcam to look at small parts.


It’s a great time to be a hardware hacker. The Raspberry Pi has opened up all kinds of opportunities to create incredibly useful and unique solutions for everyday challenges. I wanted a portable Linux machine, that I could use during talks to show my slides and small hardware devices.

Building hardware is hard and getting past the breadboard stage, is tough.

This talk will take the audience through the whole process of dreaming up a real-life device and examining all the steps to get it to a robust, working, functional product. We’ll cover the hardware, software, packaging, build techniques and aesthetics. I’ll conclude with a call to action for attendees to dust off their half-finished projects and make them presentable to the world.


open hardware, linux, presentations, LibreOffice, building, making, prototype

Speaking experience

I've spoken at OSCON a couple of times, as well as other events. I regularly give talk about micro-controllers and Linux at my local robotics club.