Raspberry Python - Talking Clock

This workshop will cover the basic use of a Raspberry Pi similar to our basic Arduino Workshops. We will cover:


Setting up a Raspberry Pi with Raspian (as needed)
Exploring Python on the Pi with iPython
Setting the clock on the Pi with NTP
Speech Synthesis with Espeak
Reading twitter and rss feeds
Additional topics TDB


This is a basic Raspberry Pi class, unlike previous classes in this series it will primarily be a software class.  We will be using a speaker to still have a hardware component as we have with other classes in the series, but not otherwise. It is recommended but not required that you complete up to Lesson 20 in Learn Python the Hard Way or equivalent.

For anyone who took a previous Raspberry Python class, this is at the same level but with different content.  There is very little overlap except in the basic setup and neither class builds on the other.

Cost is $50 + $15 materials. ($15 for MakerBar Members)

You must bring your own Pi or arrange for us to order one for you.

About your instructor

Andy Fundinger is a professional Python developer and trainer.  He's been programming for almost 28 years and in Python for 8 years.  This is the 3rd Raspberry Pi class he's developing and teaching at the MakerBar.

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  • William W.

    Will be late. Accident on Tonnelle..

    February 9, 2013

  • Andy F.

    Just to confirm, the class is on, I'll see you all there. I have extra supplies if anyone still wants to sign up. If you haven't previously signed up for twitter you might want to sign up and friend a few people, if you have, you might want to unfriend some people, just saying...

    Please allow extra time for parking and don't forget your Pi, SD card, or laptop.

    1 · February 9, 2013

    • Andy F.

      The ones to unfriend btw are corporate advertising bots that you have no interest in hearing read out by your clock.

      February 9, 2013

  • Andy F.

    We are watching the weather, but both Kush and I can make it to the class via mass transit in order to present and we expect the roads to be clear enough. We expect the class to happen as scheduled.

    February 8, 2013

  • Serhiy D.

    Hey, can I come over without RSVP? As I am just not sure if I will make it, but topic is extremely interesting for me. I just received my Raspberry PI, but did not even touch it yet. Unfortunately, I do not have at home any Tv or monitor with HDMI input to try my Raspberry Pi.

    January 31, 2013

    • Andy F.

      No need to wait for the class to try out a Pi just come by tonight or any other open night (Wednesday or Friday) bring your Pi, SD card, and Laptop. As for RVPS, they will remain open until the start of the class, a few days before when we can no longer buy extra supplies we'll add a class size limit. Feel free to wait until your plans solidify to RSVP, and if it does fill to the limit message me and come I bought extra for the prototype you can use.

      February 1, 2013

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