GESS Dubai 2018 – Come meet us!

We are on a mission to bring the power of physical computing to the world of education and help educators from all around the world bring science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics to life. In January, the pi-topTEAM showcased our learning by making ecosystem at Bett in London and FETC in Orlando and just a few weeks ago, they were at TCEA in Austin.

In less than a week, we are packing up our mean green dream machines to GESS Dubai from the 27th of February till  the 1st of March at stand M10. The show is free to attend and CDP accredited, so if you are happen to be in Dubai , come join us! Here’s a taster of everything we’ve got planned.

Free STEAM education workshops

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Experience pi-top’s modular products and get making, innovating and inventing with them! Run by our in-house educationalists, we will explore a whole new chapter of computer science, STEAM education and learning by making.

Join us for a hands-on workshop session in a collaborative classroom setting. Learning with pi-top is about solving problems together, applying knowledge and collaborating with others. Does this sound appealing to you? There are a limited number of spaces available, book yours quickly to join us at stand M10.

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The pi-top ecosystem for collaborative learning provides a transformative maker-centered learning experience. Come meet the team on stand M10 to find out how you can empower students to become collaborative, critical and creative thinkers.

In today’s increasingly interconnected world, we encourage teachers and learners to think beyond the screen and spend less solitary screen time and more collaborative ‘creative time’. We want to equip students with the necessary skills to thrive in the 21st century.

GESS Talks

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As we’ve highlighted in the pi-top magazine, we are on the precipice of what the World Economic Forum calls the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The evidence of dramatic change is all around us and it’s happening at exponential speed. Graham Brown-Martin, Learning Reimagined’s author, broadcaster and pi-top’s Chief Education Adviser, will present  on the 27th of February at 15:00 those changes and how education is at the heart of preparing present and future generations to thrive.

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On the 28th of February at 14:00 pi-top’s CEO and co-founder, Jesse Lozano, will share pi-top’s story; from his kitchen table he made to the world’s leading learning by making platform, where computer science and STEAM education are brought to life via the medium of physical computing and collaborative problem-solving. The talk will be followed by an interview with Graham Brown-Martin, and we are sure you wouldn’t want to miss!

See you soon,

pi-topTEAM

PiWars 2018 – The Building Starts

This year started with the chaos of Bett and the beginning of our robot build. Our team hit the ground running but with trips to Australia, Antigua and Brazil, we had to think hard about how to split resources to ensure time wasn’t being wasted. Especially since we were getting increasingly concerned by all the incredible tweets and blogs by our competitors! 👀

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With most of our team spending a week at ExCel for Bett, a few members decided to take the opportunity of peace and quiet office during the week to get moving with our build and made great progress getting the Max robot off the ground.

Ryan, pi-top’s CTO, made a few suggestions for our robot body to make it a bit more ‘pi-toppy’ – more on that in our next blog post – and the dev team got started on writing the code.

Check out our build video below to see the team getting started on both coding and building our robot!

Since things have settled back into normality, the excitement of our robot has caused a bit of a buzz here at pi-topHQ and we’re thrilled to be able to announce that we have a new team member joining us.

Liv accidentally found himself trying to make our robot follow a red ball and the next thing he knew, he was signed up to the team and ready to join us in Cambridge in April. Good job we had a spare bed. Meet our new team member!

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Name: Olivier ‘Liv’ Wilkinson
Role at pi-top: Software Developer
Role on the PiWars team: Senior “Trying To Fit Machine Learning Into All The Tasks” Architect
Fun Fact: This profile was written by a Deep Reinforcement Learning Algorithm
Inspirational Quote: “All your robots are belong to us”
Favourite pizza topping: Pizzas
Most likely to…: Overfit
What you’re most excited about for PiWars: (Deep) Learning Opportunities

 

With love,

pi-topTEAM

PiWars 2018 – The Unboxing…

Before Christmas, we received our amazing Max robot chassis from Brian Corteil. The plan was to use this as a test robot to get our code up and running before using components and modifying the chassis in a uniquely pi-top way.

Once we received our box of exciting hardware, we all agreed it would be great fun to film an unboxing video and thought that customer support manager, Alan, would be a great choice for this video since he has a huge passion for hardware and engineering. We also asked Matt, our Senior DevOps Engineer, to step in and give Alan a hand. We’ll let you judge the results, but let’s just say it wasn’t as easy as we thought it would be…

Keep your eyes peeled for our next blog post… The building is about to begin! 😀

With love,

pi-topTEAM

New pi-topOS update October 2016!

Firstly, we want to say a huge thank you for all of the great feedback from our community that we’ve been receiving. It is with their help that we were able to make this update possible.  Our software team have been busy making some brilliant improvements to our operating system (OS) pi-topOS!

What has changed? 


There are a large number of new features and improvements to the new pi-topOS. Some of the key features are as follows:

  • Includes all of the benefits of the brand new Raspbian release (2016-09-23) (Raspberry Pi Foundation blog post here)
  • Smoother transitions between dashboard and desktop modes
  • Improved configuration wizard and dashboard tour
  • pi-topCODER now fetches online worksheets (which will be updated and expanded) – these can be stored locally, so you can access them anywhere!
  • Updated pi-top hardware interaction
  • OS stability and usability improvements
  • CEEDUniverse has lots of new features – the whole world and menus have been redesigned and there are several new mini-games to check out!

Overall, you should feel it running more smoothly.

We have done our best to ensure that updating your current SD card is as smooth as possible; however, due to the large number of updates (particularly those coming from the latest Raspbian release), we highlyrecommend downloading the image from our website (as described below).

How do I update? 


You can download the latest pi-top SD card image from the link below:

To install the OS, we recommend Etcher by Resin.io. It is the easiest and safest way we’ve found to install any operating system to your (micro)SD card! Plus, you can install directly from a zip file.

Once you’ve flashed your microSD card with pi-topOS, you can simply plug it back into your Raspberry Pi and go!

What happens after you download it?

You will be taken to the Welcome screen, where it will take you through the setup, show you around the dashboard, and that’s it – you’re ready to go.
Need some help? 

If you are having troubles downloading or the new pi-topOS please don’t hesitate to email us via support@pi-top.com – thanks! 🙂