Who am I?


My name’s Andy Baker – Hove is a long standing nickname from school.  I’m now a middle-aged Dad trying to achieve what I did as a teenager.  Back then I built a turtle controlled by a BBC Micro via a very long piece of ribbon cable.  All I have left to show of that is a photocopy of an article in Everyday Electronics, and a couple of aluminium wheels.

Turtle driver ca.1986

My first publication!

Now, 25+ years on, the Raspberry Pi offered the opportunity to do this again, but better.  This blog starts with the building of another turtle.  I then moved on to developing quadcopters (piDrones) – a process which is finally complete after five years!  It’s been interesting, challenging, and often very frustrating, but while the net progress was positive, I kept on going.

I’m one of the founders of the Cheltenham based Cotswold Jam, a volunteer-run event, promoting kids’ education in ICT / STEM in an interactive and fun way.  Details of the next event are available here.  Tickets are free, and open to all, with a bias towards kids.

By all means, get in touch with me via e-mail here


P.S. My favourite colour is amber; can’t you tell from the site and my projects!

7 thoughts on “Who am I?

  1. Just read the “That’s all, folks…” post, a good end to a great series.
    I’ve been following your Quadcopter posts for a while, even saw one of them burst in to flames in Cambridge! They’re all great.
    Thanks for all the info, videos and content, it’s all very gratefully received! Off to read you new PDF on PiDrones 🙂

    • Thanks! Feedback’s great, but positive feedback is brilliant! I’ve still got some little bits to do, but my main problem now is how to keep myself amused as well as the piDrones have!

    • The sense hat has the sensors you need – accelerometer, gyrometer and magnetometer, so it should be possible. I’ve never tried it so I can’t be certain.

  2. We are launching a brand new Tech company geared towards “Makers”. The company is based on wireless sensors systems for Arduino, Raspberry Pi and BeagleBone. We are officially launching tomorrow (January 14th) and wanted to know If you would be willing to help us get the word out via your blog? You can preview our press release at https://www.tartssensors.com/press/. We are launching with over 20 different types of wireless sensors that you can use with a Raspberry Pi Plate (gateway). Take a look through our website as well and let me know what you think.

    – Matt Moulton

  3. Hey, I am planning on integrating a PI with my quad. Your documentation is really good. I am going to try much of what you have already done. Have you decided to add a magnetometer (compass) and GPS yet. What about a barometer for accurate altitude control?

    I sent you a separate email about what I am planning on doing. However, I have to get the PWM outputs working first. I am a new linuix programmer.

    • I’ll be adding barometer, magnetometer and GPS once I’ve got the accelerometer / gyro combination working well. Until then, there’s no point! I’m also waiting for a specific IMU board to be released so that all sensors (except the GPS) are on one tiny board – space it really tight on my setup.

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