Artificial Life Project

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Purpose.

For a while now I have been thinking about using a Raspberry Pi with some sort of visual indicator as a form of artificial life simulator, I wanted to create something that would be able to spawn a number of entities that would have random properties and be able to move around and interact with each other, forming a sort of virtual ecosystem; and then experiment with it to see what happens.

You can also check this project out on my Hackster Profile

So the other week I fired up a Raspberry Pi and began to work on a program with the following goals in mind:

  • Create a number of artificial lifeforms that can move around a board and have colour/movement properties assigned to them via 3 random numbers; the ‘DNA’ of the life-form – and display them onto an easy-to-observe output.
  • Have those artificial lifeforms be able to interact with each other to ‘breed’ and pass along their traits to offspring, as well as ‘kill’ each other to keep the population in check.
  • Have random chance for ‘genetic chaos’ whereby instead of passing along a life-form’s properties to its offspring a random number is inserted into the offspring’s ‘DNA’.
  • BONUS – plug the code into the Minecraft API and see what random patterns of blocks can be spawned from the artificial life-form’s movements and properties.

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Nerf Gun Ammo Counter / Range Finder

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Oh yeah.

Why?

Because ammo counters are cool and range finders are also pretty cool and Nerf is cool – mix them together and its ice cold.

I had the idea for this a while back but have only now just decided to build, with the release of the awesome Rainbow Hat from Pimoroni.

This would give me the display needed for the range in CM and a clear display for the ammo counter itself.

You can also check this project out on Hackster.

Key Goals.

  1. Make a device that can measure distance from the barrel of a Nerf gun.
  2. That can also count down remaining ammo in a clear way.
  3. Make it modular.

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Computerception

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Why?

Its always interesting to look back on hardware from the prior decade, late 2007 delivered us the Netbook; the promising but short lived micro-laptop that existed in the void prior to Apple’s iPad.

Ten years before that we had The Tamagotchi and The Nintendo64. Also Half Life was just a twinkle in Gabe Newell’s eyes.

The other day I recalled This awesome project and wondered if I could combine it with This also awesome project and have a tiny 2015 device (I’ll be using the original Pi-Zero not the new Zero W) inside a relatively tiny 2007 device.

I thought it would be cool to put something like Lubuntu on the Netbook itself and be able to remote into the Pi inside to access the probably-faster but much-tinier hardware it provides.

You can also catch this project on Hackster

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Windows 98 Wrist Watch

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Eat your heart out, Casio.

OK. Wow.

First off, thank you!

I didn’t think this project would get much attention but its gone crazy!

Thought I’d make a little follow up video to show where I work, ‘my lab’, and a teaser of upcoming projects – enjoy.

There is now a more detailed guide to building your own Windows 98 Wrist Watch over at Hackster.io!

Also Check out my upcoming project – Robo Skull!

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Why.

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Why not?

Key goals summary:

  1. Emulate Windows 98 on a Raspberry Pi.
  2. Make it wrist-wearable.

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