I’ve been enjoying hacking together hardware projects, mostly involving sensors, with Raspberry Pi and Arduino. If you’re involved with or interested in Arduino, you might enjoy taking part in an Arduino Day event on March 28th.
If you aren’t familiar with Arduino, they are a family of small, micro controller powered circuit boards with a variety of analog and digital inputs and outputs. They are typically programmed in C or C++ in a simplified environment that includes at least a setup and main loop that uses the included library to get or set the values of inputs and outputs. From there you can go far with sensors, wireless radios, wifi or ethernet add-on boards (add-on boards are called “shields”) and more.
Visit the official site to check the map for an event near you: