AS CONCERNS increase about the future of the humble banana, which is under threat from disease, it's good to know that we're still finding more and better uses for Ol' Yella.
A network administrator in Denmark has come up with a fruity way to give visitors to his office a WiFi password.
Visitors to the building have to touch a banana to be issued with the code. The banana is linked to a Raspberry (Pi, that is) which is in turn connected to a Makey Makey board.
'Sysviral', the Reddit handle of the Danish user, explained: "It's fun. When people leave our office, they can't access our WiFi because there's no banana to touch."
Now we know that regular readers will expect The INQUIRER to use this as an excuse to pepper the rest of the story with rather lame fruit jokes. We hate to disappoint.
The electrical currants in the human body work in much the same way as they do on a capacitive touchscreen, like the one on your phone, and send a signal down the lime to trigger the Raspberry Pi to generate one of 5,000 disposable passwords which appear on the company's active log-in page. This includes a picture of a dog licking the screen. Yes. Really.
We can only assume that Sysviral has a very understanding boss, a grape guy (or gal) to whom he'd never tell a lychee.
But why would anyone want to complain when users can apple-y get their credentials in such a grape way?
From the public reception this scheme has had, we expect that this mango to the top of his profession (assuming it is a 'he'). And if you are in the Copenhagen area, we thoroughly recommend that you guava try of the amazing banana-raspberry password generator.
Raspberry Pi has given developers the flexibility to be raisin' a whole world of good, often wacky, ideas for budding coders. The recent addition of the £4 Raspberry Pi Zero saw the official magazine, The Mag Pi, sell nearly 20,000 copies in 24 hours.
We're fully expecting to see a Raspberry Pi at the heart of many of the robots on the rebooted Robot Wars which airs on BBC2 this spring, although it isn't clear whether the show's original starfruit, Craig Charles, will return. We very much hope he does, or he'll look a prize plum. µ
It's like someone just gave you a millionaire's shortbread, and added extra caramel
A promise that should never have been needed.
Suddenly your security device is the most nickable thing in the house