All the parts to create the first project has arrived.
First task was to solder up the Pi Cobbler kit. Instructions can be found here http://learn.adafruit.com/adafruit-pi-cobbler-kit/solder-it
After soldering up the pins on the cobbler kit I hooked everything up on the solder-less breadboard.
After getting all that done I grabbed a quick python script to verify that my setup is actually working. Next step is to learn some python for the Pi so I can write my own scripts to progress.
I picked up a Raspberry Pi several months ago after being on a waiting list. I knew eventually I would find something to do with it. To get started I am going create a simple garage door sensor. There have been many times where I pulled away from the house and couldn’t remember if I put the garage door down. The plan is to have a sensor test if the door is down and have a web page display the status of the door. Eventually I want to expand it to actually lower or raise the door (Still planning that). I will be updating here with the project.
For now here is the shopping list:
Breadboarding wire bundle
Adafruit Pi Cobbler Breakout Kit
MCP3008 – 8-Channel 10-Bit ADC With SPI Interface
Everything is on order, once it arrives the project really begins. Pi is loaded with Rasbian and on the network.