In the comments below let us know what piece of vintage tech you want to upgrade with a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino!


We will send 10 winners a copy of Enrico's book along with a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino depending on Your Project Proposal!


Upcycling is the act of taking something no longer in use and giving it a second life and new function. In doing so, the finished product often becomes more practical, valuable and beautiful than what it previously was.  This 3 part workshop will introduce you to upcycling, explore a series of projects that involve upcycling, and encourage you to build your own upcycling project. 


Join us for a hands-on workshop with Enrico Miglino, in support of his upcoming book, Vintage Upcycling with Raspberry Pi and Arduino.  We encourage you to follow along as Enrico will walk you through a series of upcycling projects and take youimage from Zero to Hero upcycling using the Raspberry Pi and Arduino.  Over the course of three sessions, you'll be introduced to the concept of upcycling, and we'll walk you through everything you need to know to get started on your own upcycling project.  No experience required.  After each workshop Enrico will be available to answer any questions you have as you work on your own upcycling project using something vintage. 


We will be giving away up to 10 copies of Enrico's new book along with either a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino depending on your project proposal. 


To win comment below to:

  • let us know what vintage tech you want to upgrade using a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino.
  • how you will use a Raspberry Pi or an Arduino in an upcycling project.
  • register and attend the workshop live or On-Demand


The goal of the workshop is to inspire you to do projects on the community.  You can watch this workshop On Demand and show us YOUR vintage upcycling project during the Project14 theme, Recycle & Retrofit ! Old Radios and old game consoles come to mind but you are invited to take any unused appliance and upcycling it using electronics of your choice!  Attend this workshop to get ideas for your own upcycling project using a Raspberry or Arduino.  When you are ready to submit your completed project submit your project in the Recycle & Retrofit  in Project14 or a blog on the community and use the tag RecycleRetrofitCH


Session 2:


During this session Enrico will walk you through what you need to know to follow along with Radio Magic project which was the his Grand Prize winner in the Hardware Hacking competition from Project14:



Radio Magic is a strange kind of project: it includes hardware hacking, analog circuitry, and – after about half a century time-jump – modern microcontroller technology and embedded Linux. The project involved a considerable amount of experimentation, finding the right (= cheaper and simpler) way to meet two electronics eras in a single musical project. Possibly with something original. The idea in a few words can be expressed in a single sentence: Making Music.


This project involved a considerable bit of improvisation and involved:


  • Using analog components
  • Hacking an AM-FM-LW mid-60s transistor radio as part of the sound machine (this is upcycling too)
  • Tracking a border between vintage and modern technology and possibly smoothly join the two worlds.



Radio Magic



What You'll Need to Follow Along:


If you do not have the following parts you can purchase any of the following items from our stores:



You can use equivalent parts or purchase the following parts direct from manufacturer:


  • 3.3V - 5V Power Supply (Pimoroni)
  • USB Breadboard 5 V/3.3 V Power Supply
  • 2.53 mm Female Header: Straight - 1x16-Pin
  • 12-pin and 16-pin Male Header Set
  • Stepper and DC motor controller, the same or similar (Pimoroni)
  • Aluminum GT2 timing pulley
  • Raspberry Pi with touch screen case (Pimorini)




  • Presentation
    • Presentation of the project
    • The tools used
    • Short intro on vintage upcycling (and what are the rules we follow)
  • Hardware Hacking: The Radio Upcycling
    • How this specific model is just an example
    • The essential parts that are planned to be changed: the solution depends on what we have
    • Upcycling is always a surprise:  using fantasy to adapt your project idea
    • Studying a mechanical solution to convert the manual tuning to digital tuning
    • Designing 3D parts and searching for the best way to apply the solution inside the radio
  • Electronics: Design a Simple Controller
    • Components for the controller
    • Wiring the prototype board to the Arduino Nano
    • Setup the double power lines
    • Checking the wiring and the connections
  • Making the Arduino Sketch
    • Controlling the stepper motor with the stepper library
    • How to read the signals from the rotary encoder correctly
    • Programming the Arduino Nano and testing the hardware
  • Completing the Radio
    • Fixing the wires inside the radio
    • Reassembling the device
    • Live test of the radio
  • Assembling the Raspberry Pi
    • Preparing the Raspberry Pi Raspbian microSD card
    • Installing the VNC server
    • Connecting the Raspberry Pi and the 7" touch
    • Assembling the case to make the Pi audio station
  • Installing the Raspberry Pi Software Components
    • Installing Audacity
    • Connecting and testing the USB sound card
    • Using Audacity to test audio playing and recording
    • Creating sound samples with Radio Magic and Audacity
    • Using the samples to create a MIDI digital instrument
    • Installing the MIDI software to play the sound bank



Dates and Register for Free:


Workshop:Dates and Time:

Session 1 - Pi Rotary

Thursday, 3rd of Sept 2020


2:00 PM CDT // 7:30 PM BST


Session 2 - Radio Magic

Thursday, 17th of Sept 2020


2:00 PM CDT // 7:30 PM BST


  • Register Above for Free

Session 3 - Pi Synth

Thursday 1st of Oct 2020


2:00 PM CDT // 7:30 PM BST



The Presenter:

Enrico Miglino, element14 Community Member

Born in Turin, Italy. I have always had a special interest in electronics and communication. I had the chance to start working in the era of the first Personal Computers, just few years before their massive introduction, and very soon I started acquiring knowledge about hardware and software. I developed researches, patented hardware and software-integrated technologies, wrote technical articles on several technical papers in Italy and more. During the last decade I developed software and firmware for embedded devices, new products for Android, Mac and Linux. Before the Android massive diffusion, I had been developing software as Nokia developer focusing my experience on the Qt development platforms on desktops and Symbian devices. My approach to Electronics and circuit projects involving hardware and circuit creation is strongly oriented to microcontrollers, from small devices to the computer-like micro as the well-known ARM processors family. I definitely avoid two things: redundance (i.e. making projects more complex than can be done) and excess of complexity (i.e. a great solution should be simple and cheap, otherwise it is not a great solution). For this reasons I frequently rethink projects or create new ones in order to make products and prototypes market-affordable and as cheap as possible without compromising quality. Five years ago I moved to Ibiza (Balearic Islands, Spain) where I currently live and work.