Raspberry Pi’s are absolutely fantastic!
Since its release in 2012, the DIY community has fallen in love with it, and it’s now counted as the best-selling British Computer in history.
Now, in its 4th generation, with the Pi Zero, it’s still as popular as ever, with over 16 million sold worldwide.
Since we love tech, DIY, and geeking out so much, we thought it only appropriate to put together a list of the best Raspberry Pi projects online!
We’ve put together a variety of raspberry pi projects for you to wonder over.
Use the tool, to find ones that appeal to you. Our list contains Raspberry Pi 1 projects, Raspberry Pi 2 projects, Raspberry Pi 3 projects, and of course Raspberry Pi Zero projects as well.
If you’d like to see a project we haven’t mentioned, then let us know in the comments.
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Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Here are some of the best Raspberry Pi Projects we have found online. They are listed in no particular order, and you can use the buttons to find ones that you’d enjoy. (Blue means selected)
Created by: Studio Ponnuki
Project Website: http://www.ponnuki.net/2012/09/kindleberry-pi/
If you love traveling but hate taking a bulky laptop with you for work or entertainment, you’ll love the KindleBerry Pi concept. All you need is a Kindle, your Raspberry Pi, and a few USB accessories to transform your limited tablet to a fully functioning personal computer. The Kindle acts as a screen while the Raspberry Pi serves as your processor. Connect an external keyboard, and you can do just about anything from just about anywhere. You will need to jailbreak your Kindle, so there is risk involved. But for a skilled technician, a KindleBerry Pi setup can provide you with the technology you need but without the bulk of a traditional laptop weighing you down.
Secure VPN Server
Created by: Henrik
Project Website: https://blog.hsp.dk/how-to-setup-vpn-server-on-raspberry-pi-or-digitalocean/
While consumer VPNs are great, this project will show you exactly how to set up your own secure VPN service on your Raspberry Pi. VPN, or Virtual Private Network, protects your online endeavors from prying eyes. It hides your IP address by allowing you to browse through a different computer’s connection. You can use your Raspberry Pi as a secondary VPN server for your home network for added protection. This isn’t a project you should take on if you have minimal experience as you can do some serious damage to your computer system. You’ll need some decent Linux skills and plenty of patience to pull this off.
Created by: Scott Made This
Project Website: http://www.scottmadethis.net/interactive/beetbox/
Giving new meaning to dropping a beat, the BeetBox combines a love for music with a less-than-popular vegetable. If you haven’t been intrigued by too many Raspberry Pi projects so far, this should spark an interest. This project requires a Raspberry Pi, the Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit, a touch sensor, a soldering station, and your favorite invention kit if you’re a newbie. You’ll also need to hone in on your carpentry skills to build the enclosure. But once your BeetBox is complete, you’ll have the best party game around. Who would have thought that vegetables would go so great with Pi?
Created by: Hitchin Hackspace
Project Website: http://hitchin.hackspace.org.uk/bighak/
Are you familiar with the 70s toy Bigtrak? If so, you’ll love this detailed description of a full sized programmable space tank. This was no small feat and took a large team of developers and programmers to bring to life. You can learn all about it in this detailed play by play explanation. Learn about the planning, building, bodywork, and software that all came together to produce this larger than life toy. A Raspberry Pi is the brains behind the project, used as a Wi-Fi access point for users to join in on the fun via their mobile device. This is definitely one of the best Raspberry Pi 2 projects around.
Note from the creators: We did consider using communicating the users programmed instructions via WiFi but went for a Pi camera-based solution in the end (we were concerned about interference at large maker events).
The mobile app generates a QR code which is scanned using a pi camera mounted on bighak’s dashboard.
Created by: Team Farmbot
Project Website: https://farmbot.io/
Were you a part of the farming app following? Did you grow virtual rows of corn and wheat and harvest them for rewards? Here’s the real-life version. FarmBot helps you graphically design your farm by dragging plants onto a map. You can then build growing regimens, sequences, and operate FarmBot with manual controls. FarmBot can be used anywhere, whether in a greenhouse or a raised bed and can save commercial businesses labor costs. Learn more about FarmBot here and be one of the first to hear about its upcoming release.
Voyage, a journey into imagination
Created by: Aether & Hemera Design Studio
Project Website: http://www.aether-hemera.com/Blog/interactive
Combining engineering and art, this Raspberry Pi project is one of a kind. Hundreds of boats were geometrically designed and equipped with custom microcontrollers, data receivers, and LED lights. A Raspberry Pi was built into a control system and used as a web server. The idea behind the project was that the water would serve as a canvas while the boats changed color to create unique presentations that encouraged spectators to think outside the box. Take a look at this project in detail to learn how to recreate it, even if it’s on a much smaller scale.
Created by: Adrian Atwood
Project Website: https://www.buildxyz.xyz/rpikids-final-build/
The EmulationStation is every big kid’s dream. With a Raspberry Pi, USB Wi-Fi dongle, some awesome speakers, and a few other components, you can build a fully interactive gaming system that brings all the old classics to life. And don’t worry about someone else stealing your game time. You need to enter a combination to power it up. The entire design serves as a piece of art when it’s not in use. Upgrade your gaming game with the Raspberry Pi EmulationStation. It automatically powers down when you’re done, but you won’t be willing to walk away too quickly.
Fisher Price Talking Chatter Smartphone
Created by: Grant Gibson
Project Website: http://www.grantgibson.co.uk/2014/08/fisher-price-talking-chatter-smartphone/
Chances are that you or your child has owned a Fisher Price Chatter Telephone. It’s a classic simple toy that kids gravitate to. This project turns a simple toy into an entertainment hub by bringing it to life. There’s quite a bit of disassembly involved with this project so make sure you have all the proper tools. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi Model B+ and an updated version of the Chatter Telephone. As you follow the instructions, make note of what you want the phone to do. For example, you can program it to give weather updates or alert your child when you’re on your way home from work.
DIY Wall Display
Created by: DAKBoard
Project Website: http://dakboard.com/blog/diy-wall-display/
This project starts with an ad to buy their 24-inch wall display, but why would you do that when you can make your own? This DIY Wall Display is great for showing up your family photo, keeping up with your calendar, reading the news, or being ready for the weather, and it’s all powered by your Raspberry Pi. You’ll need a monitor with an HDMI input, a few cables, your Pi, an SD card, and photo frame wire to hang your piece of interactive art. All the necessary codes and links are included and you can customize your display as desired.
Created by: Michael Teeuw
Project Website: https://magicmirror.builders/
MagicMirror allows you to turn just about any mirror in your home into your own personal assistant. It’s an open source modular smart mirror platform. With an expanding list of modules, it’s growing in popularity and ease of use. After installation, you’ll automatically have several modules, including a clock, calendar, weather, news feed, and even compliments to keep you going each day. The MagicMirror website will walk you through the process and address any issues for you. They’re always looking for suggestions, too!
Raspberry Pi car computer
Created by: Flamelily IT
Project Website: http://www.flamelily.co.uk/2013/05/raspberry-pi-car-computer/
If your current vehicle is lacking technology, you can change this with a quick Raspberry Pi project. This project shows you how to develop a technology hub for your car that you can customize based on your needs. Listen to music, watch videos, use a map application, or go all the way by hooking up a rear-view camera. Not all of these are addressed in this project but once you know how to set up your Pi, the options are within reach. This is an affordable upgrade for almost any budget and the system requires little space and little power.
A NTP driven Nixie Clock
Created by: Martin Atelier
Project Website: http://www.mjoldfield.com/atelier/2012/08/ntp-nixie.html
Building a Nixie Tube clock is a fun activity, no matter your age or skill level. While there are a variety of kits available, one feature that most don’t offer is allowing the clock to source its time information from the Internet. This project will show you how to hack a Nixie Tube clock so that its displayed information is always accurate, even during seasonal time changes. With a USB Wi-Fi adapter and your Raspberry Pi, you can have this project completed with ease. There’s minimal software and coding, making this a great beginner project.
Created by: Cyril Chapellier and Eric Redon
Project Website: https://www.foobarflies.io/pianette/
Maybe you’ve listened to music as you played video games before, but what if you could combine the two like never before? That’s exactly what you’ll do should you decide to take this project on. Two classical upright pianos were transformed into PlayStation 2 controllers, all with custom analog piezo triggers, a Raspberry Pi, and Arduino Unos. Music combinations were designed based on gameplay controls and combos, creating a visual and musical combination that you have to see to believe. This tutorial has plenty of detailed diagrams to help you make it happen.
#OzWall / #GMPiWall
Created by: Joseph Hazelwood of Hazelwood Laboratories along with developer Phillip Lehner
Project Website: http://www.hazelwoodlaboratories.com/blog/2015/5/13/the-magpi-ozwall
The OzWall, featured in The MagPi, was designed to bridge the gap between innovation and art. The final presentation is something out of a dream. It’s a video wall made up of 12 antique televisions all fit with LCD displays. 12 Raspberry Pi computers power the display. It’s designed to be interactive and engaging. Use this project as inspiration to create your own mini OzWall at home, or just take a look and appreciate how the Pi breathes new life into art. It is the only permanent installation at OZ Arts Nashville — a world-class arts event space. http://www.ozartsnashville.
Created by: Ferran Fabregas
Project Website: http://ferranfabregas.info/lifebox/
The LifeBox is another Raspberry Pi project that is much about the process as it is the final product. It promotes STEM philosophy, improves electronic and tinkering skills, teaches basic programming, algorithmics, biology, and ecosystem concepts, and looks awesome when it’s all done. The concept is a visual representation of the consequences of your actions involving two pixeled entities, represented by blue and yellow lights. There are configurable variables that you can adjust, see the results, and tweak again to either destroy the entities or help them flourish.
Raspberry Pi Car HUD
Created by: Will Voge & XiaoXing Zhao
Project Website: https://courses.cit.cornell.edu/ece5990/ECE5990_Spring16_FinalProjects/wjv29_xz245/index.html
This is an ideal project for the car enthusiast. You’ll use your Raspberry Pi to create a Heads Up Display for your vehicle that can relay vital information, including the vehicle’s speed, cabin temperature, acceleration, and engine data. There are plenty of components to this project considering all the different elements being monitored and communicated. The device is powered through the electrical harness of the car so you don’t need to worry about external connections. Once the car turns on, so does the device. If you’re looking for a better way to monitor your car’s performance, give this Pi project a try.
Anomaly Detection in Home-Area Networks using Machine Learning and Raspberry Pi’s
Created by: Michalis Kallitsis
Project Website: https://www.merit.edu/anomaly-detection-in-home-area-networks-using-machine-learning-and-raspberry-pis/
One deep-seeded fear researchers have is a malicious attack on our modernized electric grid. Cyber security threats are real and the consequences of an effective attack could be devastating. While some Raspberry Pi projects are all for fun, there are some that offer important mechanisms. The Raspberry Pi-based monitoring system is one of them. It has been operating since 2016, and its accuracy and performance are currently being evaluated within NextEnergy’s smart home in Detroit, Michigan. The system works by using machine learning algorithms that can automatically detect suspicious activity. Raspberry Pi projects like this one show just how versatile the computer can be.
The work is being funded by the National Science Foundation, and the project team consists of a research coalition between Merit Network Inc., University of Michigan, University of Florida, and Eastern Michigan University.
Source code at https://github.com/Merit-Research/Smart-Grid-Analytics
Blue Dot - a bluetooth remote for Raspberry Pi
Created by: Martin
Project Website: bluedot.readthedocs.io
If you’ve completed your fair share of Raspberry Pi projects, one complaint you might have is that some involve an awful lot of wiring. Not only is this inconvenient but all that wire clutter can take away from the final presentation of your project. In the future, consider building a Blue Dot, a Bluetooth remote for your Raspberry Pi. It’s simply an Android app that works with Python, giving you remote control over all types of projects, like light switches, cameras, robots, and just about anything else you’ve created with your Pi. It’s simple to make and adds almost unmeasurable convenience to your projects.
How to Stream your Steam Games to the Raspberry Pi
Created by: Richard Waterworth
Project Website: http://richardtech.net/2015/08/steam-pi/
This Raspberry Pi project will show you how easy is it to stream your steam games to the Pi. Before you can start this project, you’ll need to make sure that your computer has a GTX 650 or above and meets any and all requirements from NVIDIA for GameStream. After that, you’ll need to do a little downloading, installing, and configuring to start gaming. Your controller may or may not work with this set up, but a keyboard and mouse can be used instead. If you already have your Pi set up for streaming music and movies, you’ll have an entire media center at your disposal.
Tweety Pi Bird Box
Created by: Sam Webster
Project Website: http://dontbeasalmon.net/archives/2015/04/tweety-pi-bird-.html
This is a great project for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether you’re in an apartment in the middle of a big city or in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, the Tweety Pi Bird Box can bring you closer to nature. It involves equipping a bird house with a motion sensor, a camera, and your Raspberry Pi to capture what goes on inside. It only makes sense that the Tweety Pi Bird Box would send out tweets whenever it captures a new image. You’re sure to catch images of some feathered friends, along with a few surprises.
Kinect and Raspberry Pi based 3D Scanner
Created by: Mario Lukas
Project Website: http://www.mariolukas.de/2015/04/proof-of-concept-3d-scanner-with-kinect-and-raspberry-pi2/
3D scanning has changed the medical field, design world, and started some fun hobbies. This Raspberry Pi project will introduce you to a design for your own 3D scanner with Kinect and Raspberry Pi. This project is still in its infancy stage so there’s plenty of opportunity to dive deeper in and come up with a different prototype. If you have your own 3D printing technology at your disposal, this project can open up plenty of fun opportunities. The problem with making 3D technology more mainstream lies in the home scanner so this could be the tool you need to change your options.
Interested readers might also consider checking out the FabScan Project which is a more powerful and already working Raspberry Pi 3D Scanner.
Created by: Matt Reed
Project Website: https://ideas.redpepper.land/raspberry-preserve-b8eaa9429a3e
This inspiration behind this project is genius. Before modern refrigeration, mason jars were relied on to safely store food. Stuff, store, and forget! This Raspberry Pi has taken the mason jar to a new level of storage. Filled with a Raspberry Pi and secured to a decorative mount, this jar stores more than just food. It holds on to precious family memories. The jar is connected to a file in your computer. Just move picture and video files into the folder which will be stored in your jar, just like good old-fashioned jam.
Created by: Frederick Vandenbosch
Project Website: http://frederickvandenbosch.be/?p=1237
If you’ve ever looked at your desk and thought that it needed an upgrade, this is the Raspberry Pi project for you. By integrating LED lights, touch controls, and a wireless charger, you can create the PiDesk, a futuristic desk that can keep up with your work demands. This isn’t a quick project and you’ll have to put in some sweat equity. But when you’re done, you’ll have a desk that features an engaging light show, an automatic rising computer screen, and an environment that’s sure to inspire you to come up with more Raspberry Pi projects.
Created by: Andy Baker
Project Website: http://blog.pistuffing.co.uk/category/pidrone/
GPS and the Raspberry Pi seem to go hand in hand. In this project, you’ll learn how to program a drone to take off from a specific location, travel a predetermined route, and land at your target destination, all on autopilot. There are a few sticky spots during the coding process. You’ll need to make sure that the flight GPS locations are processed by the autopilot and that the GPS is started fresh on each flight. There’s room for modifications though so you can update the code to your liking.Be aware though, that the project is not 100% complete yet.
Videos of the PiDrone in action can be found at http://blog.pistuffing.co.uk/tag/video/
Raspberry Pi Zero Hidden In An Xbox Controller
Created by: Terence
Project Website: https://shkspr.mobi/blog/2015/11/raspberry-pi-zero-hidden-in-an-xbox-controller/
Game consoles are always evolving and changing how we view the limits of gaming. Solid evidence of their advanced technology can be noticed in their controllers. By combining the technology of a Raspberry Pi and your console controller of choice, you can customize your gaming experience like never before. This project focuses on upgrading an Xbox controller but once you understand the basics, there’s plenty of options to choose from. There is some wire stripping involved so make sure you have the proper tools available before starting, along with cables and a power supply. If you have advanced skills, it’s possible to add Wi-Fi capabilities to your hacked controller as well.
PiTelephone - Raspberry Pi retro dial phone
Created by: Stuart and Logic Ethos Ltd
Project Website: https://logicethos.com/blog/pitelephone-raspberry-pi-retro-dial-phone/
It’s never been easier to talk to someone on the phone across the globe but why not use your Raspberry Pi to add a little retro flair to your conversations? There’s no need for a phone jack. Just hook up your Raspberry Pi to a retro dial-up telephone and experience the magic of rotary. There are several steps to this project, including replacing the microphone and earpiece in the phone with parts from a headset, programming your Pi to count pulses, and configuring the ring frequency. The final part of the project will require a little research on your part. Not all VOIP services are compatible with this type of device. But once you find one that works, you’ll be able to enjoy seamless conversations with a vintage twist.
Pi in the Sky
Created by: Dave Akerman
Project Website: http://www.daveakerman.com/?p=592
One day, we’ll probably be able to vacation in space. But until then, consider using a Raspberry Pi to get as close to the stars as possible. High Altitude Ballooning is nothing new, but equipping your balloon with a Raspberry Pi offers several advantages and eliminates certain limitations. With this upgraded version, you’ll be able to view live images, not common with most hobby-based balloons, and have the ability to customize your software and features without adding weight to your payload.
Most people end up using a Pi Camera instead of a “regular camera” as it’s low cost, weighs very little and is able to send live images. This way, even lost flights can still produce fantastic images!
How to make a Raspberry Pi Case
Created by: Jude Pullen
Project Website: http://www.judepullen.com/designmodelling/raspberry-pi-case/
The Raspberry Pi’s technology and potential is beautiful but for some users, its raw appearance can be a bit distracting. If you would prefer a more seamless presence of your Raspberry Pi, this project will show you how to build your own case. There’s an included download if you just want to copy this project’s design, but the instructions are designed to empower you to brainstorm and develop your own unique Raspberry Pi case. This particular design includes instructions for both a viewing window and light pipes so chose based on your experience and needs. With a case, you can leave your Raspberry Pi in a high-traffic area without it negatively affecting your environment or being exposed to danger.
Raspberry Pi Microwave
Created by: Nathan Broadbent
Project Website: http://madebynathan.com/2013/07/10/raspberry-pi-powered-microwave/
If you’re currently happy with the performance of your microwave, you won’t be after hearing everything that a Raspberry Pi Microwave can do. Its clock is automatically updated through the Internet, it can be controlled from your phone, and it even sends out a Tweet once it’s heated up last night’s leftovers. This project utilizes four main software programs, which operate the control panel, adjust the microwave’s cooking time and power based on products’ barcodes, respond to voice controls, and answer to phone or computer requests. While some of the pages relevant to this project have expired, you can still find everything you need to know so that your microwave will be taking orders from you by dinner.
Created by: Muhammad Umer Dastgir
Project Website: https://spaces.usu.edu/display/ece3710/Vending+Machine+project+wiki
This Raspberry Pi project took place in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Utah State. The goal of the project was to refurbish a vending machine that was no longer in use by replacing necessary mechanical components and developing a Raspberry Pi touchscreen interface. This project doesn’t have to be all about earning the highest grade though. A quick Internet search can yield you an outdated vending machine and with a little elbow grease and your Pi, you can have your own personal vending machine for show. This tutorial contains everything you need, including a hardware list and software.
Raspberry Pi LCD: How to Setup a 16×2 LCD Display
Created by: Gus
Project Website: https://pimylifeup.com/raspberry-pi-lcd-16×2/
If you’re experienced with soldering, this is the project for you. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi, a micro SD card, an LCD display measuring 16×2 (complete with header pins), wire, and a few other components as needed to make this come to life. You’ll start with a bit of soldering, continue by connecting all the wires, and do a bit of coding. You’ll then have your own portable LCD display for work, play, or to show off to your friends. Once you have the main display finished, you can consider adding sensors to measure temperature or modifying scripts to display time or other relevant information.
How to Build a Raspberry Pi Radio Transmitter
Created by: Kevin John
Project Website: https://techzei.com/how-to-build-a-raspberry-pi-radio-transmitter/
If you’re looking for a quick Raspberry Pi project, this is it. Combine your Raspberry Pi with an SD card, a jumper cable, and an FM radio and you’ll have a radio transmitter that’s unique yet fully functional. Once you’re all connected, just a little bit of typing is all it takes to start transmitting crystal clear audio. The entire process takes less than half an hour and once you’re ready, you can learn how to make a playlist and use your Raspberry Pi Transmitter for your audio pleasure whenever your ears demand it.
Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger
Created by: Brian Dorey
Project Website: http://www.briandorey.com/post/Raspberry-Pi-Solar-Data-Logger
This project requires a little more skill than a starting Raspberry Pi project but the extra labor is well worth the effort. Once complete, you’ll have a solar data logger that’s just as efficient, if not more, than expensive store models. The Raspberry Pi works as a data processing and uploading system that’s fed information via sensors in the unit. This data is uploaded to a web server for easy access and storage. This is a great setup for any home but is also ideal for off the grid living. Once you have the main setup complete, there are several upgrade options, include measuring gas usage and saving data on a local database.
Raspberry Pi – WAN Emulation
Created by: Bernd Ueberbacher
Project Website: http://www.unsz.at/index.php/zeug/raspberry-pi-wan-emulation/
There are several free options out there when it comes to WAN emulation. But why go through the headaches of shady setups when you can make your own portable emulator with a Raspberry Pi? You only need a Raspberry Pi, a case, a power supply, an SD card, one or two USB network adapters, and Raspian Lite. After a bit of downloading and coding, you’ll have an emulator that’s portable and reliable. This is not for the beginner. Make sure you understand the coding or you might permanently delete important files or data during the process.
Created by: Valkyrie Savage, Mark Fuge and Shiry Ginosar
Project Website: https://blog.valkyriesavage.com/blog/2013/01/18/h2o-iq/
Gardening is a therapeutic hobby…when it goes well. Abundant sunshine and excellent soil can’t make up for the damage that too little or too much water can do to a plant. This innovative Raspberry Pi project makes monitoring soil moisture levels as easy as can be. It features a solar-powered device that, when placed into a gardening plot, can alert gardeners to whether the moisture level is too high or too low. It’s also designed to activate automatic watering devices if desired. The Raspberry Pi works as a webservice, connecting directly with the device in the garden. It keeps track of watering history and can control an automatic watering schedule. While this product was never officially tested, it can help put you on the path to the perfect garden with a little trial and error.
Picture taker computer
Created by: Jezra Johnson Lickter
Project Website: http://www.jezra.net/blog/picture_taker_computer
Here’s a fun project that can be great for home use or at large functions. Everyone’s familiar with photo booths but they’re not necessarily a take-and-go device. But by using a Raspberry Pi, some sort of button or switch, and a camera, you can create your own virtual photo booth for fun at home or to use at weddings or parties, saving a ton of money in photo booth rental fees. Simply hit the button, pose for the camera, and check out your pictures saved to a local directory. There’s room for improvement with this project, but it provides plenty of entertainment as is.
Raspberry Jolt, My Mini Nerf Gun Robot
Created by: Jordan Balagot
Project Website: http://jordanbalagot.com/blog/2013/02/26/raspberry-jolt-my-mini-nerf-gun-robot/?autoplay=false
Life’s too short to not have a crime-fighting Nerf-gun robot. This Raspberry Pi project yields a tiny yet incredibly efficient and accurate robot toting a dart-shooting gun. It’s controlled through Wi-Fi and even records video of its victims. The trickiest part of the tutorial is mounting the servo to the trigger but this tutorial walks you through each step patiently. You’ll need a USB battery to power up the Raspberry Pi and a battery pack to power the rest. If you’ve completed a few serious Pi projects in the past and want to lighten the mood a bit, this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
Created by: Falldeaf
Project Website: http://falldeaf.com/2013/04/the-make-contest/
Imagine waking up every morning and having the day’s vital information communicated to you through calming lights. This was the inspiration behind the Cloud Lamp. Though there are plenty of information sources you could use, the Raspberry Pi makes this a versatile project that can be tweaked to meet your preferences. You’ll need a standard ceiling fan, a strong power supply, plenty of LED light strings, and the skills to make a custom lampshade. Once it’s all configured, your Cloud Lamp will be able to communicate your home status, weather, or reports via colors and light sequences as programmed.
My Embedded Music Player and Sound Server
Created by: Andrew Stine
Project Website: http://theatticlight.net/posts/My-Embedded-Music-Player-and-Sound-Server/
Your Raspberry Pi can help you create a music experience like no other. This project shows you how to build an acrylic case to house your Pi and equip it with an attached USB hard drive with all your favorite music. You’ll be able to control every aspect of your music, including choosing your song, playing, stopping, and adjusting the volume through the control panel. You’ll also be able to see your music selection on the LCD display. Hook it up to your favorite speaker system and you can enjoy your favorite tunes in one room or your entire house.
BEER MONITORING WITH MY RASPBERRY PI
Created by: Chris Baume
Project Website: https://chrisbaume.wordpress.com/2013/02/10/beer-monitoring/
If you’re lucky enough to have a beer brewing station in your own home, you know that one of the hardest aspects of the process is keeping the room at the correct temperature and controlling humidity. You might be able to monitor these levels when you’re home but what can you do when you’re away? Instead of letting your latest brew go to waste, monitor your space with this Raspberry Pi project. You’ll find that it’s a quick and easy way to set up a device that sends and logs data capable of being monitored anywhere. There’s room for upgrades with this project if you can enable the device to not just monitor temperature and humidity but automatically adjust these levels as needed.
Raspberry Pi Weather Station
Created by: Peter Kodermac
Project Website: https://www.raspberryweather.com
This is a great project for someone hoping to learn more not just about Raspberry Pi but also Linux, WordPress, databases, and programming. Even if you have very little experience with any of the following, you’ll find the tutorials easy to move through. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi B model, the Adafruit Pi Cobbler breakout kit, a Wi-Fi dongle, and sensors. When you’re done, you’ll have your very own Raspberry Pi Weather Station that tracks and displays temperature, humidity, wind speed, and other measurements as programmed. If you don’t have all the components in stock, this project can get a bit pricey but the finished project is worth the investment.
Note from the creator: Other stuff can also be run next to the weather station e.g.a VPN, flight radar, ad blocking with Pi Hole and other things.
Pi Hole server-level ad blocking
Created by: Pi-hole Team
Project Website: https://pi-hole.net/
Meet Pi-hole, a marketing strategist’s worst nightmare. It’s essentially a black hole for ads, sucking them in to never be seen again. This is a great starter project and it only takes about 10 minutes. There’s only one download to complete and no other software is necessary. The trickiest part for newbies is configuring your router so that Pi-hole is used as the DNS server. But once this is done, you’ll enjoy faster Internet performance and less data usage as Pi-hole blocks ads on the web, your Smartphone, tablet, and anything else on your network.
An MSF Atomic Clock for the Raspberry Pi
Created by: Jochen Lueg
Project Website: http://roevalley.com/newsbrowser/pi_projects/pi_msf.htm
It doesn’t get much more accurate than an atomic clock. It’s regulated by vibrations of a molecular system. It might sound complicated, but you can build your own version with a Raspberry Pi. Now this project isn’t for everyone. It actually only works in the British Isles as the transmitter isn’t very powerful. But that doesn’t mean you can’t check out the project for yourself. If you’ve never worked with this type of project before, it might seem overwhelming at first. But there are several diagrams and explanations to make sense of it all. Users on the continent would be better with the DCF project, which receives the much more powerful signal from Frankfurt, which can be received over most of Europe.
The Freeboard Project
Created by: Bill Bishop (Founder of Signal K)
Project Website: http://themarineinstallersrant.blogspot.bg/2013/05/arduino-weds-raspberry-freeboard-project.html
The Raspberry Pi does great on land but what about on the open water? In this project, you’ll see how it can warn you of shallow waters ahead, be equipped with a built-in barometer, and communicate with other boats. You can even use it as a simple calculator when determining boat maintenance costs. No matter how you decide to use your Raspberry Pi on the water, it will quickly become your technical tool of choice. This project isn’t quite at perfection yet but it’s a great resource if you want to configure your Pi for the deep seas.
DIY Lync Status Light
Created by: Jon Gallant
Project Website: http://blog.jongallant.com/2014/12/beakn-v0-3-diy-lync-status-light/
Here’s a fun project that produces what has been labeled as a “beakn” by the designer. It’s essentially a Lync status light. You’ll need a few unique supplies, like a ping pong ball and cardboard box, along with some standard Raspberry Pi project materials like LED lights, a breadboard, and a resistor. The basics of this project include a Windows desk application that sends messages to an MQTT broker when your status is updated and a hardware app that responds to these messages and lights up the appropriate color. This is a fun project that’s sure to start a few conversations.
Building Radar Speed Camera and Traffic Logger
Created by: Tony Butterfield
Project Website: http://blog.durablescope.com/post/BuildASpeedCameraAndTrafficLogger/
Just about anything can be built with a Raspberry Pi and this project cements this idea. Use your Pi to build a radar speed camera and traffic logger. You can use it to monitor speed on your street, monitor increases in traffic, or see if you run as quick as you think you do. You’ll need a Pi, an enclosure, a soundcard, a signal amplifier, and a radar module. With a little software, you’ll quickly be able to start monitoring traffic and speed for business or pleasure.
WiFi Internet Radio
Created by: David Barton
Project Website: http://www.plingboot.com/2013/08/cardboard-raspberry-pi-wifi-internet-radio/
What’s better than a Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi Internet radio? A cardboard version that you can decorate yourself, of course. Gather some inspiration from the completed radio in this project and then set out to make your own. You’ll find a complete list of hardware and a GPIO pin map. Design your box around the pieces, decorate as desired, and you’re good to go. If you don’t have a go-to streaming radio station, there’s a link to a list of great stations to try out.
Control Stepper Motors With Raspberry Pi
Created by: Dragoș-George
Project Website: https://www.intorobotics.com/control-stepper-motors-raspberry-pi-tutorials-resources/
The name of this project is Control Stepper Motors with Raspberry Pi. But let’s be honest. It was designed to show you how to build robots using stepper motors. To make it happen, you’ll need to use a motor drive board, stepper motor, Raspberry Pi, wires, and a programming language. This is how you’ll get the motion of the motors you need. There’s some basic information included in this article but you’ll love all the resources you can skim through to get what you need to fill in the blanks.
DIY 5 Node Cluster of Raspberry Pi 3s
Created by: Nick Smith
Project Website: http://climbers.net/sbc/diy-raspberry-pi-3-cluster-2017/
Just like any Raspberry Pi cluster project, this one looks complicated to build, but it really isn’t! What makes this an appealing project is how well it is described, with step-by-step build photos and a detailed list of the components. It includes five nodes neatly contained in a compact acrylic case, which you can have laser cut at your local makerspace. If you’re not ready to take on this large of a
project, you could still have a cluster on your desk by purchasing the tiny ClusterHAT. http://climbers.net/sbc/clusterhat-review-raspberry-pi-zero/
Expanding the Raspberry Pi with PiFace and Pi Rack
Created by: Tim Anderson
Project Website: http://gadgets.itwriting.com/2362-expanding-the-raspberry-pi-with-piface-and-pi-rack.html
Though it’s impressive, the Raspberry Pi has its limitations. Meet PiFace, an add on for your Pi that provides two changeover relays, eight open-collector outputs, eight digital inputs, and four switches. It sits on top of the Pi and can take your projects up a few notches. Unfortunately, if you use a standard size Pi case, it will no longer fit if you have the PiFace accessory attached. If you want to learn more about PiFace, take a look at this tutorial which will show you how to operate a light switch with your new accessory.
LCD Chip P017(serial) & P018(I2C)
Created by: Jim Spence
Project Website: http://www.pichips.co.uk/index.php/P017_LCD_Chip
Here’s a detailed guide that doesn’t only provide instructions for this project but plenty of valuable information. The project shows you how to build an LCD chip on a Raspberry Pi, along with a few other variations. What makes this particular design unique is that it has three PWM back light outputs. This means you can use it with just one back light for the display or utilize a red, green, and blue back light design. You’ll find everything you need, including software and answers to common questions in the tutorial.
Created by: Arnaud Boudou
Project Website: https://goddess-gate.com/projects/en/raspi/raspiduinorover
In a nutshell, this project is about making a rover with a Pi, its camera, and an Arduino Uno. Everything is controlled through an iPhone. Its name is the RaspiDuinoRover. The concept is simple. The Pi receives commands and sends them to the Arduino Uno. The Arduino Uno then drives the motors and positions the pan and tilt servos. Not only is this project a ton of fun from start to finish, you’ll also have opportunity to tweak the coding a bit and make your rover your own.
RasTherm - A Smart Thermostat
Created by: Bertrand Zauhar
Project Website: http://ve2zaz.net/RasTherm/RasTherm.htm
A smart thermostat can not only ensure that your living environment is comfortable but it can also save you money. By knowing when to change the temperature, based on a variety of variables, you can take one less chore off your plate without worrying about your utility bill. This Raspberry Pi version has a built-in clock, seven-day programming for both heating and cooling modes (programmable on a per-day basis), a touch-friendly control panel, an outdoor temperature display, and the ability to be controlled through text commands. There’s a lot that goes into this project and because it controls some of the most important appliances in your home, make sure you understand all aspects of the project before trying it.
Disclaimer from the creator: The solution should only be seen as an example of the implementation to give ideas to others, and not as a ready-to-implement complete solution.
Retransmitting Alarm System State Changes with Raspberry Pi and Arduino
Created by: SWB Labs
Project Website: http://www.swblabs.com/article/retransmitting-alarm-system-state-changes-with-raspberry-pi-and-arduino
This Raspberry Pi project was inspired by an earlier design that allowed an alarm system to be connected to an Arduino and a custom board. This simulated the phone line, which would send a text message in case an alarm was triggered. However, this wouldn’t report every type of alarm so the Raspberry Pi version was born. This project came with its own set of issues, all which are documented in this tutorial so that you can both prevent and learn from them. In the end, you should end up with an extra layer of protection as your home alarm system will notify you of any disturbances.
Using a Raspberry Pi for Timelapse Photography
Created by: SWB Labs
Project Website: http://www.swblabs.com/article/pi-timelapse
The inspiration behind the Raspberry Pi Timelapse Photography project began with a science project. The designer wanted to photograph plants growing at two-minute intervals. These photos were uploaded to the cloud over Wi-Fi and then compiled into a timelapse movie. After figuring out how to mount the encased Pi on a tripod, the programming began. Not everything functioned perfectly so there’s room to improve this project if you want to use it for a similar project. For example, the Pi needed to be restarted several times. One way to prevent this is to add a notification process when a picture is taken.
Solar Power, Weather and the Raspberry Pi
Created by: Switch Doc Labs
Project Website: http://www.switchdoc.com/2016/12/tutorial-part-1-building-a-solar-powered-raspberry-pi-weather-station-groveweatherpi/
This design was still being put together when the tutorial was written but this should give you a good idea on what goes into building a solar powered weather station with your Raspberry Pi. There’s a long list of components to gather, including a lot of sensors and waterproof materials, so start there before you work on anything else. Once you have the software, it’s all about a steady assembly process. Once completed, you’ll be able to monitor the weather through a Raspberry Pi control panel with your station being completely powered by the sun.
Tweeting Coffee Machine
Created by: Martin Harizanov
Project Website: http://harizanov.com/2013/07/tweeting-coffee-machine-using-raspbery-pi/
This Raspberry Pi project was done entirely out of fun. A coffee machine was hooked up to a Raspberry Pi and a Gmail account. It would then identify if someone was using the coffee machine and send out a tweet. To monitor its usage, a light dependent resistor was used as the eyes for the Pi. When the Pi sensed the brew cycle had begun, it sent out a tweet announcing to the world that someone was enjoying a cup of coffee. If you’re up for it, you can adjust the code and have a Facebook message sent out. Either way, this is a fun little project to try out and you’ll get to enjoy plenty of fresh cups of joe.
SOCKS and SSH Tutorial
Created by: Iprock Tech
Project Website: https://tech.iprock.com/?p=17999
SOCKS, or Socket Secure, is described as a middle man for a server and client to send information between. It’s possible to set up your Pi as a SOCKS proxy. This protects you like the way VPN does. If you’ve set up your own VPS on a Pi, you’ll be happy to hear that SOCKS tends to perform better. It can also run a file server and a few other things that VPN can’t do for you. The setup is straightforward and is great as a newbie project. You’ll find a link to everything you need to know in this overview of the project.
Wireless Temperature Sensor
Created by: Chris
Project Website: http://www.pihomeserver.fr/en/2015/01/21/pi-home-connect-creer-un-capteur-de-temperature-sans-fil/
Temperature-related projects are always a favorite with the Raspberry Pi. This project shows you how to make a probe that measures both temperature and humidity. The data is then sent wirelessly. The distance between the sensor and your Raspberry Pi can measure several meters but the information may or may not travel through dense walls or furniture. The probe runs on standard AA batteries and requires about 10 components to create. There are multiple ways to use a temperature probe like this. It’s ideal for greenhouses or any room in your home that requires round the clock temperature monitoring.
Door Chat Messages
Created by: Christian Haschek
Project Website: https://blog.haschek.at/post/f31aa
It’s no secret that you can program your Raspberry Pi to monitor just about anything, including your front door as shown in this project. You can set up your Pi to not just monitor when your front door opens or closes but to send you notifications. Know when your door was opened, how long it was open for, and how long it’s been since it was opened last. Just make sure you set up a private channel for your notifications or the information could get in the wrong hands. You can use this project to track how long you were out of the house for or know when family members arrive home, even if you’re not there.
Created by: Samy Kamkar
Project Website: https://samy.pl/skyjack/
It’s only a matter of time before we look up to the sky and see armies of drones. There is much to work out from an ethical, scientific, and environmental aspect before this happens and this project proves why. Known as SkyJack, this Raspberry Pi project shows you how you can use your own drone to track down the wireless signal of any other drone and force it to disconnect. Your drone can then take over, turning its victim into a zombie-like drone. While we won’t touch on the ethical aspects of this project, it’s an interesting concept.
Created by: Denis Papathanasiou
Project Website: http://denis.papathanasiou.org/posts/2015.05.30.post.html
The Amazon Dash Button introduced us to faster shopping. Basically, you can order your favorite products using a shortcut button. This project takes it up a notch. The PiScan is an open-source version of the Dash Button. It uses a Raspberry Pi and a USB barcode scanner. Instead of pushing a button, all you need to do is scan a product for a simple and quick reorder through Amazon. Once you scan, the item and its price will pop up. Agree to the purchase and your shopping is done. Learn how to set up your own PiScan and start shopping. The creators also aim to create an open database of barcodes from multiple contributors (https://github.com/Banrai/PiScan#about)
Controlling Spotify with Slack and a Raspberry Pi
Created by: Aaron Krauss
Project Website: https://thesocietea.org/2016/03/controlling-spotify-with-slack-and-a-raspberry-pi/
This Raspberry Pi project was born out of a problem that you’ve probably had in the past. Have you ever been listening to music, only to be inconvenienced by having to walk to your device to pause or change a song? If you have a premium Spotify account, a Raspberry Pi, a speaker, Internet access, and the right version of Node, you can set up a system that allows you to control your music through commands in a Slack channel. There’s potential for this to work in other situations, like providing remote teams the chance to all tune in to the same audio, all through Raspberry Pi.
Use a Raspberry Pi with multiple WiFi networks
Created by: Mike Street
Project Website: https://www.mikestreety.co.uk/blog/use-a-raspberry-pi-with-multiple-wifi-networks
One common misconception regarding the Raspberry Pi is that you can only use it with one Wi-Fi network. But this hack will show you how to connect your Pi to multiple networks so that traveling, even if it’s just to the coffee shop down the street, won’t slow down your productivity. To connect to a network, you’ll need the SSID and password. To configure your Pi, you’ll need to edit a few files and do a reboot. Your Pi should then automatically connect to any locational Wi-Fi, as long as it has the proper information.
Add Push Notifications to MotionEye OS
Created by: Wesley Archer
Project Website: https://www.raspberrycoulis.co.uk/coding/add-push-notifications-motioneye-os/
There are plenty of Raspberry Pi based home security system projects out there. But this one is a bit different. It uses MotionEye OS, a dedicated operating system for CCTV systems. It’s free and easy to set up. When combined with your Raspberry Pi and a camera, you can build a home monitoring system that turns on when motion is detected. The system then sends you notifications with either a still image or a video of what set the system off. You can even access a live stream of the feed, no matter where you are.
Build Your Own DIY RaspCade
Created by: Wesley Archer
Project Website: https://www.raspberrycoulis.co.uk/gaming/build-your-own-diy-raspcade/
You’ll find plenty of Raspberry Pi fueled arcade game builds out there but none like this one. The designer thought of every possible feature. First, the cabinet design of the RaspCade can be laser cut by anybody and the plans are available for free download. The buttons are illuminated by LED’s and the joy stick will take you back to the days of arcade living. There are quite a few steps to building your own RaspCade but there’s nothing overly technical or complicated. See for yourself in this detailed tutorial.
Electric Lights and Fire (ELF) Raspberry Pi Coffee Roaster
Created by: Mark
Project Website: http://coffeehacks.blogspot.bg/2016/02/electric-lights-and-fire-elf-raspberry.html
This Raspberry Pi project wins some major style points. Called the Electric Lights and Fire (ELF) Raspberry Pi Coffee Roaster, this contraption is a popcorn popper turned coffee roaster. It uses a thermocouple, an AC relay, and LED lights to simulate a flickering flame. Your Raspberry Pi controls it all. With a great roasted coffee bean, you can enjoy coffee shop coffee in the comfort of your own home, without the high price tag and hipsters.
Youtube/Facebook Live Video Streamer
Created by: SixFab
Project Website: http://sixfab.com/tutorial-4-raspberry-pi-youtubefacebook-live-video-streamer-with-sixfab-3glte-shields/
Looking to become the next Internet video sensation? This is the Raspberry Pi project for you then. You’ll need your Raspberry Pi, a Raspberry Pi camera, a Powerbank, 3G-4G shields, and a high-speed Internet connection. After setting everything up and programming your Pi, you’ll have the ideal setup for filming your own instructional videos, vlog entries, or whatever you want to visually document. This is great for professional projects but can also be used to take family videos, whether at home or on vacation. This setup is completely portable and as long as you have an Internet connection, you can stream.
Created by: Matt Wagner
Project Website: https://hackmypi.com/PiMiniMint.php
Meet the PiMiniMint, the world’s first computer small enough to fit into a mint tin. The first version of the computer includes a screen, Wi-Fi capabilities, Bluetooth connectivity, an impressive 32GB of storage, an infrared camera, and a USB port. The battery life is about six hours and unfortunately, there is no room for a battery in the tin. This could be improved upon in the future. This tutorial goes over every bit of hardware and all steps needed to build a fully functioning computer that fits perfectly in your pocket.
Created by: David Bowen
Project Website: http://www.dwbowen.com/flyai
We mostly try to keep flies and insects out of our homes but this project invited them in. A colony of house flies was contained in the test area. As the flies flew around, their images were captured. Image recognition software was then put to the test. If it determined the image was a fly, a pump delivered water and nutrients to the flies. But if it was not recognized as a fly, the pump stayed dry. This Raspberry Pi project is interesting to learn about and could serve as inspiration for a similar experiment in your home.
Infra-Red Camera Trap
Created by: Henry
Project Website: http://www.raspberrypitutorials.yolasite.com/infra-red-camera-trap.php
The idea for this project was brought to life by late night visitors covered in fur and bringing unwanted destruction. If you think you’re on the receiving end of unwanted guests, this project will show you how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a night-vision motion sensing camera trap. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi, a decent camera, a cable, waterproof case, an LED illuminator, a Wi-Fi dongle, and a few other simple to secure components to make it happen. With your trap, you’ll be able to capture a picture of whatever’s been disturbing your slumber once the sun sets.
Created by: Patricio Gonzalez
Project Website: http://www.patriciogonzalezvivo.com/2014/vPlotter/
Drawing machines are nothing new but one built with a Raspberry Pi can provide the budding artist inside of you plenty of benefits. The Raspberry Pi uses Debian Linus as its operating system, making it stable and secure. This particular drawing machine is attached to the wall, with the drawing mechanism moved around the drawing surface with a pulley system. This project could be done just for fun or could be a great tool for professional mural painters. This tutorial has everything you need to know, including links to other drawing machines to help you brainstorm your own design.
Created by: Kent Jams
Project Website: http://kentraspberryjams.co.uk/wizard-chess
If you’re an avid chess play, a fan of Harry Potter, and don’t always have a playing partner, this Raspberry Pi project was made just for you. While there are plenty of chess playing robots, this one plays to our imaginations. The entire setup, powered by a Raspberry Pi, is equipped beneath the chess board. The chess pieces are magnetic and an arm underneath the board is able to move the pieces magnetically. It’s magic to watch. The designer behind this project had plenty of help so if you’re on your own, you might come across a few hurdles. But it will be well worth it once you’re playing your first game of magical chess.
Daphne’s tweeting catflap
Created by: Bernie Sumption
Project Website: http://blog.berniesumption.com/software/daphnes-tweeting-catflap/
Here’s a fun Raspberry Pi project for pet lovers. This guide shows you how to use your Raspberry Pi to give a voice and personality to an object that comes into contact with your favorite furry friend. In this case, the flap over the cat door was equipped with a magnet and when it detected the cat moving through, it took a picture and sent out a Tweet with random phrases of praise. Feel free to get as creative as you want with this project. There’s plenty of ways you can take it.
Sid the Office Robot
Created by: SI Digital Team
Project Website: https://sidigital.co/articles/lab-sid/
Raspberry Pi projects don’t have to remain confined to your own home. Sid the Office Robot is a great example of this. Sid is a robotic arm that can be controlled over the Internet by players from anywhere on the planet. Not long after Sid was brought to life, there was a period where over 700 viewers were waiting to play with him, some waiting as long as four hours to get their chance. Players pushed switches to trigger a ball drop, earning points for each success. Use this project as inspiration to build your own interactive game, all fueled by your Raspberry Pi.
Created by: Dana
Project Website: https://diyps.org/2014/06/20/what-is-diyps-do-it-yourself-pancreas-system/
The Raspberry Pi has been a huge asset to the medical field, as explained in this project. Named the #OpenAPS, or the Open Source Artificial Pancreas System, the goal of this system is to continuously monitor the body’s glucose levels and automatically adjust insulin dosing by sending commands to an insulin pump. This project is not approved by any regulatory body and is in fact not made by an organization; it is solely a do-it-yourself project. However, the community has open-sourced code, as well as accompanying documentation, for individuals who want to build their own DIY artificial pancreas system. There are now hundreds of individuals around the world who have built their own OpenAPS or similar DIY system.
Internet of Lego
Created by: Cory
Project Website: http://www.internetoflego.com/about/
You can’t have a list of Raspberry Pi projects without a LEGO inspired design. This project combines the power of Raspberry Pi with the fun and ingenuity of LEGO building blocks. You’ll learn how to power an entire LEGO town, including trains, lights, railroad crossings, and more. This is a great project to do with a child or for your inner child. The elements of the project include circuit building and coding but also show you how to build some fun LEGO buildings and infrastructures. There’s virtually no limit to this project. It can be as small or as huge as you can dream it.
Created by: Clodagh O’Mahony
Project Website: http://clodaghomahony.com/tag/thesis-diary/
Raspberry Pi projects don’t have to be all about cold metal and rough components. This project is proof that the Pi has a softer side. A dress was designed and powered by a Pi, where it would track where the wearer of the dress was, who they were with, what they were saying, and what physical contact they experienced. The concept surrounds the notion that the physical world could be viewed as another page of technology, similar to a social media platform. When the dress lights up, the wearer is engaged. When the dress or wearer isn’t being stimulated, they are considered offline. There are plenty of directions you could take this project in and you can learn more about it here in its detailed explanation.
Created by: Laboratory B
Project Website: http://www.laboratoryb.org/aarons-pihouse-monitor/
If you’re a fan of microcontrollers, this is an ideal Raspberry Pi project for you. When you’re done, you’ll be able to monitor your furnace and use the provided data to see how efficient your unit is and determine if there’s a way to save on your heating costs. This first part of the instructions focuses on the hardware and installation, with specific coding included in a separate guide. You might need to adjust the installation of your monitor a bit based on the type of thermostat you have. There’s also room to customize this project by adding alerts if your furnace stays on for too long or monitoring the outdoor temperature.
Created by: Joey Meyer
Project Website: http://www.raspberryturk.com/
Here’s a great educational Raspberry Pi project that’s ideal for teaching a young mind the aspects of computer vision, machine learning, robotics, 3D printing, and data science. The Raspberry Turk is a chess-playing robot that runs on a Raspberry Pi. It features a camera that feeds data to the Pi, including the color of the chess pieces and their type. The arm of the robot is able to grip a piece and move it based on the best available move. If you’re serious about chess, try going up against the Raspberry Turk to improve your skills and have a little fun.
Created by: Wimborne Model Town Team
Project Website: http://www.wimborne-modeltown.com/the-model-town/model-railway/model-railway-lighting-project/
A classic train setup never goes out of style. Whether you’re setting one up for the holidays or for a public event, they please kids and adults of all ages. This Raspberry Pi project will show you how to build a lighting system for your train display. It simulates daylight, dims it to simulate the sun setting, and then turns on lights in your display to simulate streetlights or building lights. This adds a new element to your display that’s sure to be appreciated. There’s quite a bit of coding involved with this project but less hardware than you would imagine. Like similar projects, there’s plenty of room for upgrades and customization based on your preferences for your display.
Raspberry Pi Wifi Internet Radio Player
Created by: James Wolf
Project Website: https://contractorwolf.com/raspberry-pi-radio/
Transform your RPi into an internet radio. There are quite a few programs you’ll need to set up but when you’re done, you’ll have a Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi Internet Radio Player that can play dozens of radio stations. If you can hook up to Wi-Fi, you can enjoy your music anytime, anywhere. This project guide goes into extreme detail, first telling you how to secure a Raspberry Pi if you don’t already have one, providing basic Raspberry Pi information, and finishing with detailed instructions on completing the project.
Color My Desk
Created by: Will Wnekowicz
Project Website: http://willmakesthings.com/color-my-desk/
Looking to do a little interior decorating in your home office? This Raspberry Pi project will have you working in colors when you’re all done. It lights up your desk through a server that anyone can control. You’ll have to breadboard the circuit, solder it together, mount it on a proto board, and write the software. The circuit used allows you to power RBG lights with 12-volt power without having to worry about damaging your Pi. You can take this concept and put it just about anywhere in the house where you want some fun lighting effects.The neatest part of the project was the site that let anyone claim a day and set the color for that day. The Pi would just query the site each day to get the color.
Temperature Sensing Thermistor
Created by: Ken Power
Project Website: http://raspberrypi.powersbrewery.com/project-8-temperature-sensing-thermistor/
If you’re ready to take your Raspberry Pi projects up a level, this temperature sensing thermistor is a great build to try. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi, a breadboard, several LED lights in various colors, plenty of wires, a couple resistors, and a thermistor to bring it all together. After assembly and a bit of coding, you’ll be set. Not only will the device read temperatures, it will correlate the reading with a fun display of lights. There’s plenty of room for modifications in the included code so don’t be afraid to think outside the box with this project.
Home NAS storage with the Raspberry Pi
Created by: Matt Wagner
Project Website: https://hackmypi.com/NASpi.php
NAS storage is typically used in business. It can store common files that need to be accessibly by multiple employees and serve as a backup for important files should something go awry. A NAS system starts with, of course, a computer. So using a Raspberry Pi to build your own home version isn’t unthinkable. This guide will show you how to do just that. There are quite a few steps but none are overly difficult. With a little patience, you can have your own NAS storage system up and running shortly. Your entire family can take advantage of your own personal cloud storage.
The Cluster HAT
Created by: 8086 Team
Project Website: http://clusterhat.com/
If you’re amazed yet intimidated by clusters, check out this Raspberry Pi project. It’s great for teaching, testing, and simulating small scale clusters, whether this is the first you’ve worked on or if you consider yourself to be an expert. It includes four Raspberry Pi computers that are powered via Controller Pi GPIO. If you’re not ready to build your own, you can purchase a premade unit to explore and learn with. Either way, you’re sure to understand more about clusters after working with the Cluster HAT.
Note from the creator:I’ve been working on recently is usbboot/rpiboot which allows the Pi Zeros to boot over USB without SD cards. https://8086.support/content/23/88/en/guide-to-using-the-rpiboot-test-image-on-the-cluster-hat_zero-stem-or-just-a-usb-cable.html, I hope to have it polished and complete soon.
Created by: Steve Breuning
Project Website: http://raspberrywebserver.com/gpio/piface/building-a-remote-control-vehicle-using-a-raspberry-pi.html
Why build a car when you can build a tank? This Raspberry Pi project will show you how to build your tank out of a chassis, a couple motors, and a battery pack. To start, you’ll need to install Apache, configure your Wi-Fi and install WiringPi. Finish your prep by setting up the Pi Face software and then all you have left is to set up your base, connect the motors, and complete some coding to get this project on the move. This isn’t the most complicated Raspberry Pi powered vehicle you’ll make but it’s a quick project that creates plenty of fun.
Using MySQL on a Raspberry Pi
Created by: Steve Breuning
Project Website: http://raspberrywebserver.com/sql-databases/using-mysql-on-a-raspberry-pi.html
This tutorial starts by going through the benefits of MySQL over SQLite. While SQLite can find a place in many situations, there are times when it can’t do exactly what you need it to. MySQL is better for heavy traffic, is more scalable, and supports permissions and user management. Installing MySQL on a Raspberry Pi is an easy project that can provide you with all its benefits. Everything you need to know is included in this project guide, including information on how to handle any errors that pop up during the installation.
VMW Research Group Raspberry Pi Cluster
Created by: Vince Weaver
Project Website: http://web.eece.maine.edu/~vweaver/projects/pi-cluster/
If you’ve been overwhelmed with the idea of building your own cluster from Raspberry Pi computers, this is a great tutorial to start with. In the end, a 24-node Raspberry Pi 2 cluster was build. Each node was instrumented for detailed power measurement. In total, there are 96 cores with 24GB of RAM. What makes this tutorial so great is all the pictures included after each step. If you need more visual guidance, you’ll appreciate the detail that went into putting this project guide together. This isn’t a quick project but once completed, the final product is impressive both visually and functionally.
Vince has also been working on a ChipTune Player which readers might wish to check out.
GPS on Raspberry Pi
Created by: Mark Anderson
Project Website: http://www.d.umn.edu/~and02868/projects.html#RPiGPS
If you’ve been struggling to use GPS receivers with your Raspberry Pi, you’re not alone. There’s not as much available information regarding this type of project. In this tutorial, you’ll find the best snippets of this limited information has been pieced together for you. The final result isn’t anything fancy but it should meet your basic GPS needs. If you run into a few issues, you’ll likely find the solution in this brief but detailed project tutorial. Once you have the initial setup complete, there’s plenty of room for adjustments based on your preferences.
Tutorial: Client/Server on the Raspberry Pi
Created by: Dominique Thiebaut
Project Website: http://www.science.smith.edu/dftwiki/index.php/Tutorial:_Client/Server_on_the_Raspberry_Pi
In this project, you’ll find a tutorial for setting up a client server on the Raspberry Pi. The concept of the project is to have the Raspberry Pi wait for a connection from a laptop and accept integers from it. The Pi multiplies these integers by two and sends them back. The laptop can close the connection by sending a -1 or stopping the server by sending a -2. This tutorial will show you how to set up the hardware, run the server code, and provide you with codes for both Mac and Windows.
Best Raspberry Pi Projects Recap
So there you have it, some fantastic raspberry pi projects to get you excited, and to try at home. If you think we’ve missed an interesting project then do let us know in the comments and we’ll make sure to add it!