5 DIY Raspberry Pi projects to try at home
September 20, 2018 at 1:48 PM
For those who are unfamiliar, a Raspberry Pi is a small single-board computer, capable of pretty much any task you set as long as you have the knowledge and creativity to do so. With there being so many possibilities for this tiny device, we’ve narrowed down the 5 best DIY projects for you to try at home with your Raspberry Pi.
NOTE: Be sure to research what version of Pi you have before trying these builds! Not all versions are compatible with these projects and if executed incorrectly it could break your Pi!
Build a portable computer
An easy way to make use of your Pi is just by turning it into a run-of-the-mill Windows 10 machine.
All you need to do is download and install the Windows 10 IoT core edition onto your Pi, plug in a mouse and keyboard, and you’re good to go! For a more detailed installation guide, along with system requirements and details, see the Windows 10 IoT Raspberry Pi page on their website.
Another great project to get started on with your Pi is the Pi Music Box music streamer! With great how-to guides on their website, as well as multiple different ways you can utilise the software on your Pi (I.E. Retro radio, NFC Cassette, Intercom, Audio system and more), all the information you need to make your swiss army knife of music streaming services can all be found on their website listed here.
Pi Smart Mirror
Michael Teeuw, a Raspberry Pi inventor from the Netherlands, brilliantly made use of his system by building a smart mirror, capable of connecting to the internet, displaying the weather, time and more! A bit of a more complex project, though you can still find out more on how to build this system for yourself by going to his website linked here.
Raspberry Pi Media Centre’s are a great, affordable way to store all your movies, TV shows and music all in one place. This is one of the more simplistic builds, taking around an hour to build (according to the article creator). To find more information on building the media centre, head over to Make Use Of’s article found here.
Portable Game Emulation Station
RetroPie is an awesome piece of software, which allows you to turn your Raspberry Pi device into your own miniature, portable arcade machine! The software is a full OS, capable of loading up ISO’s for most systems you put on it. To find out more on installation and setup, please see the RetroPie website.
With so many ways to create and design, the possibilities of the Raspberry Pi system are huge. Hopefully these ideas have helped you find a use for your device, and will give you inspiration to create your own DIY Pi Project.