Making Your First Project with the Raspberry Pi
In This Chapter
Discovering how to get at the GPIO pins
Making a breakout board
Figuring out how to read inputs in software
Creating your first physical computing project: the Blastoff game
Customizing your Blastoff game
In Chapter 15, we covered the GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) signals on the Raspberry Pi and showed you the sorts of things they could do. In this chapter, we help you use that knowledge to create your own unique game, all without needing to use a soldering iron. We talk about how you can define the rules of your game and control exactly how it operates. Along the way, we show you how to build a solder-less breakout board so you can access the GPIO pins for the project in this chapter and the others in this book.
Bringing a project to life through software is an important part of physical computing. In this chapter, you see how the software and hardware are intimately connected.