[WATCH] Astonishing time lapse of the Hong Kong protests using a Raspberry Pi and a biscuit tin

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Back when the $35 computer we know and love Raspberry Pi was launched, I managed to get my hands on one of the very first production boards in the world. It wasn’t easy – demand was so high that the first batch of credit card-sized PCs sold out in an hour and I missed out on the rush. Fortunately, creator Ebon Upton took pity on my pressing deadline and offered to sell me a board from “the foundation’s private stash” – a gesture he’s surely forgotten but which was appreciated by a grateful donation on my part to the charitable foundation.

At the time, sales estimates were somewhere in the region of 10 000 units over the lifetime of the Pi. According to TechCrunch, it’s actually sold 3.8million boards over three iterations and two years. Hurrah! What’s interesting is that a lot of those sales seem to be the newer B+ Pi, as just before the launch of that earlier this year the foundation announced it had sold 3m boards to date.

What better way to celebrate the upcoming 4 000 000 milestone than by watching this awesome timelapse video of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, shot using a webcam, a Raspberry Pi and, um, a biscuit tin. The story behind the camera is over at the Pi Foundation’s homepage here, and the original source is the Timelapse: Umbrella Movement Hong Kong Facebook page here.

[Main image – James Kong]

Adam Oxford

Adam Oxford

Adam is the Editorial Director at htxt media. He has been writing about technology for almost two full decades now. In a previous life, he was the editor of PC Format and Digital Camera Shopper in the UK, before going on to work as a freelance journalist for seven years. His work has appeared in or on Stuff, The Guardian, Linux Format, TechRadar, Wired.co.uk, PC Gamer, Green Futures, The Journalist, The Ecologist and The Review. Adam moved to South Africa in 2012 and loves 3D printers, MakerFairs and tech hubs. He hates seafood. None of his friends remember this when cooking.