7 Fun And Easy Raspberry Pi Projects

| April 26, 2015

The Raspberry Pi is a fun and easy device for modification enthusiasts. Since its inception in 2011, its went on to open the creative minds of youngsters and adults like. Eben Upton had never considered there would be such an uptake in the marketplace for the Raspberry Pi, and like many technical commentators at the time, had never dreamed the popularity and customizability $35 would take to the heights it has.

Raspberry Pi logo

Raspberry Pi logo

Motion Sensor Pi

How about a handy Raspberry Pi project that uses a parallax passive infrared (PIR) sensor to detect if anyone has been in your home. Its a great project if you want to setup so covert security without paying for expensive equipment. Maybe you have a large garden, and want to capture the footage of birds and squirrels that live or feed in your garden. This is a simple project that takes a little bit of work, and some coding with Rasbian.

Wifi Pi Point

You can extend the reach of your Wi-Fi network to the very outer reaches of your home, to connect your existing mobile devices to. Its cheap enough to buy a wireless Wifi router, but what can be a home made project where you do it with your Raspberry Pi? All you need is a small amount of programming script, and SD card, and a USB Wifi dongle to get things setup.

Wifi Pi

Wifi Pi

Portable Retro Arcade Machine

A challenging yet fun Raspberry Pi project is the Raspberry Pi arcade cabinet. Its a mix of fun and retro, with Megadrive, & Super Nintendo emulators being used to complete the modification. The hardest part is actually creating the cabinet to house it in, You can just use a basic wooden cut, if you want to start off with something just to get going, and then upgrade the case to a custom plastic cut housing. Its a great way to replay your favourite classics from Sonic the Hedgehog to Mario.

Retro Arcade Pi

Retro Arcade Pi

Digital Deviant Art Picture Frame

Digital picture frames are a great way to keep your room fresh with nice and original art, but sometimes the price for the size you get puts you off. How about instead wall mounting an LCD monitor, and having a fresh out of daily pictures to the monitor? This is exactly the type of Raspberry Pi project that Cameron Wiebe has come up with. You just connect up your Pi to your chosen monitor via the HDMI cable, and then run the script and you’re ready to enjoy fresh content from Deviant Art everyday.

Deviant Art Digital Frame Pi

Deviant Art Digital Frame Pi

Whatsapp Pi Client

How about running whatsapp on your Raspberry Pi, giving you the chance to see your whatsapp communication on your big screen TV? Its easy to run a  setup with your Raspberry Pi, you just need to install the latest version of Raspbian, plus install and setup Yowsup, as well as register a new number for your client, and you can have access to the over 600 million users of whatsapp.

Raspberry Pi Wall Mounted Calendar

This is a really simple project to help you get familiar with using the Raspberry Pi, plus its amazing useful in everyday life. You can mount it to your wall to remember the weeks events, and never forget that dentist appointment thats up and coming. The first thing you will need is a spare HDMI compatible monitor, and a decent wall mounting bracket. If you don’t have an HDMI monitor but you do have a VGA one, you can purchase a separate HDMI to VGA adaptor, and use that instead. The script that you use to run the calendar is easy to setup, and works with Google Calendar, and if you’re an Apple iCloud user, you can sync your Google calendar with that too.

Google Calendar Pi

Google Calendar Pi

GPS-synchronized Arduino Clock

If you need accurate UTC time in your workplace or home, what better way than to modify the Raspberry Pi to work as a GPS-synchronized clock. The Arduino platform based project kit is what you will need to complete this project. It costs less than $100 to setup this project, and you have to adapt the Arduino platform to run with an external GPS antennas, and add a digital interface for the clock. Best of all the complete modification will run at 5 volts so you can run the project with batteries.

GPS Clock Pi

GPS Clock Pi

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