LEARN RASPBERRY PI
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Adding a LCD to any project immediately kicks it up a notch. This tutorial explains how to connect a inexpensive HDD44780 compatible LCD to the raspberry pi using 6 GPIOs. While there are other ways to connect using I2C or the UART this is the most direct method that get right down the bare metal. This technique allows for less expensive LCDs to be used, it does not require any i2c drivers and it won't steal the only serial port on the Pi.
Teaching the raspberry pi how to read analog inputs is easier than you think. The Pi does not include a hardware analog to digital converter, but a external chip can be used along with some bit banged SPI code in python to control read external analog devies such as (but not limited to): - potentiometer - photocell - force sensitive resistor ( fsr ) - temperature sensor
The combination of connecting a Raspberry Pi to COSM makes creating a internet of things much easier than it has been in the passed. The Pi with it's easy access to ethernet and COSM's drop dead simple usability will graph all sensor data you send to it. This tutorial explains how to connect a analog temperature sensor to the Pi and use a small python script to upload that data for storage and graphing on COSM.