Raspberry Pi Project Ideas

January 15, 2014 in Computing, Gadgets by bbadmin

Raspberry Pi (RPi), the stripped down micro computer has been around for over 2 years now and has surpassed the 2 million sales mark. Despite its huge success it could be argued the RPi is a failure. It was originally designed to encourage young children to learn how to code. This hasn’t happened. Instead it may have inspired the next generation of engineers. So where should you start with a Raspberry Pi?

Raspberry Pi Case

Build a pi case

This is probably the easiest thing you can do and usually where most people start. The RPi arrives as a credit card sized circuit board. To keep it safe you’re going want to put it into some sort of casing. There are plenty available to buy online, but if you’re creative you can build a custom case from almost any old junk you have lying around the house.

Wireless Raspberry Pi Server

Raspberry Pi Server

With little more than some open source software, a little coding and a wifi dongle, you can transform the RPi into a neat little home server. The RPi isn’t going to be able to handle a high volume site, but is perfect for hosting a small portfolio site, intranet or perhaps as a test server for budding web developers.

On the other hand take a look at this project by , which proves that you can actually host a reasonable high traffic site with Raspberry Pi… but you may need more than one! In reality it would be a lot easier and cheaper to convert an old desktop or buy a second hand server, but where’s the fun in that?

Raspberry Pi Media Centre

The Raspberry Pi is perfectly suited to life as a media centre. This project takes a little bit more work and a few more components than the server, but it is well within the capabilities of the complete beginners. With a little bit of time and effort you could be streaming content from your favourite online service direct to your television.

Raspberry Pi Arcade Machines

Pi Arcade Project

For those 80’s kids, yearning for the good old days of arcade gaming, the Raspberry Pi may be the answer to your prayers. The versatile little device can be installed into an old or custom built cabinet, hooked up to a TFT screen and with some nifty software you can be taken back to the good old days of your youth. This project can be quite complicated, but if you’re not confident enough to take on the challenge, there may be a solution. The Porta-Pi is a Kickstarter project that does much of the hard work for you.

Automate Your Home

This project is a lot more involved and expensive, but it is possible to convert your house into a smart home using the humble RPi. It’s possible to control virtually everything in your home, including the heating, lighting, security systems, etc all from your smart phone; Or if you really want that futuristic feel, why not go all out and install a voice controlled system.

Raspberry Pi Robotics

Pi rpbotic arm

The RPi lends itself perfectly to amateur robotics. There are lots of RPi robotics kits available online or for the engineers out there you could try to build your own machine with the RPi at its heart. Whether you want a flying drone to or a voice controlled robotic arm to it’s all possible with the RPi.

The Bear Bottom

Priced at around £30 the RPi is often an impulse buy, bought on a whim with thoughts of becoming a master coder. Unfortunately most of these devices spend most of their lives sat on a shelf gathering dust (as mine has). If you’re guilty of this perhaps it is time to dust it off and get creative. Take inspiration from this list or the thousands of other projects described on the web!