The best Raspberry Pi projects
If you’ve got a Raspberry Pi 2, here’s a set of great Raspberry Pi Projects to get started on.
1Raspberry Pi projects: Portaberry Pi
Turning the Raspberry Pi into a gaming machine is a classic use case for the mini computer—emulators for the legally gray win!—but Portaberry Pi is one of the nicer set-ups. It includes a Raspberry Pi Model B, a 4.5-inch TFT display, a 3D-printed case, and various components to construct a boxy handheld retro gaming device.
2Raspberry Pi projects: Talking toy
The original Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone is an iconic, if vaguely sinister, children’s toy (what exactly does it have to smile about?). When a new version of the toy was brought out to coincide with the release of Toy Story 3, one tech-savvy individual made it his weekend project to grant new powers to the grinning phone.
3Raspberry Pi projects: PiRate Radio
Turns out the Raspberry Pi can do more that just computing. It can send out signals over FM airwaves. It’s perfect for users who’ve dreamt about starting their own pirate radio station. Some basic tools like a soldering iron, wire cutters, and an FM radio can come together to make a local FM radio transmitter.
4Raspberry Pi projects: PiPhone
Smartphones are getting increasingly similar, so if you’re bored of the choice between Android, iPhone and Windows Phone, why not make a PiPhone?
It is not a project for the faint of heart – but it should be cheap, with one owner putting together his own PiPhone for around $160.
A great project to learn about electronics and coding, or to make you appreciate your current smartphone more, making a PiPhone is one of the most sophisticated, rewarding uses for your Raspberry Pi.
5Raspberry Pi projects: Semi-autonomous quad-copter
This is a more expensive and mechanically intense project, but what’s more rewarding than building your own Raspberry Pi-powered miniature vehicle?
UK-based Pi enthusiast Andy Baker has a breakdown of how he built his own semi-autonomous quad-copter that comes programmed with its own flight plan.
6Raspberry Pi projects: Erica the Rhino
This art installation by the University of Southampton’s Electronics and Computer Science team is powered by five Raspberry Pi devices that allow the Rhino to move its ears, send out and read tweets, make Rhino sounds, and even interact with nearby viewers via smartphones.
7Raspberry Pi projects: PiPad
Maker Faire contestant Michael Castor used a Raspberry Pi to make his own tablet. The wooden frame was designed using AutoCAD.
Castor then fit a power supply, Raspberry Pi, and 10in touch-sensitive display inside the frame. The results are impressive. The PiPad is a full-size tablet running Raspbian Linux with XBMC.
8Raspberry Pi projects: Picrowave
Why bother owning a traditional microwave when you can swap out some innards and create your very own Pi-powered food nuker?
Developer Nathan Broadbent took his microwave apart, redesigned the touchpad, and added some new functions like voice control, a barcode scanner to access an online database of cooking times, a web-based interface for remote access, and auto-tweets for when the timer is done.