July 18, 2012 AT 11:44 am

Pi in the sky – Raspberry Pi in near-space!

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Pi in the sky.

What you’ve just looked at are, we think, the highest ever photographs transmitted live from an amateur device in the UK. Dave Akerman hooked a Raspberry Pi with a webcam and GPS up to a hydrogen balloon, which got nearly 40km up (39,994m, to be precise) before bursting. This means that Dave’s Raspberry Pi is the first Raspberry Pi to visit near space (it returned unharmed, and Dave was able to recover it), and also means that Eben does not have to eat that hat he mentioned.

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