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Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With The Raspberry Pi
The Raspberry Pi is incredibly versatile, I think we can all agree on that. One of the best single-board computers out there by a mile, we never fail to be astounded at the power and flexibility of the RP. For instance, we recently saw the RP in tablet form – something we hadn’t witnessed before. Even though it’s roughly the size of a credit card, the Raspberry Pi proves that good things really do come in small packages, and in fact, it has now become the best-selling computer from a British manufacturer of all time.
Just where this little SBC can go from here is anyone’s guess, but one thing is for sure: it can perform a huge amount of functions. What’s fantastic about the Raspberry Pi is that a great deal of projects can be done at home and are easy enough to complete. Certainly, the same can be said for RP competitors (such as C.H.I.P or Banana Pi), but despite some differences in memory space, size, and price, you’ll find time and again that people simply prefer the taste of raspberry.
Here are just some of the many projects you can try with the Raspberry Pi.
Build a robot arm
While it’s still going to take a while to build a fully functioning droid like R2D2 with the Raspberry Pi, you’ve still got to start somewhere! The MeArm Pi project is gaining a lot of steam, and as you can see from the video below, is slightly complex but nothing an amateur techie couldn’t figure out. Controlled via either built-in joysticks or remotely with software, the MeArm Pi is definitely a fun little assignment that adults and kids will enjoy. Sure, its uses aren’t going to make a long list, but it’s still a remarkable display of what the RP can achieve.
An electric skateboard
Now, this project is a little more extreme than a robot arm, that’s for certain. Courtesy of Raspberry Pi Guy – a man with a series of popular RP-based videos – comes an electric skateboard capable of reaching 30 kph (19 mph). With a motor attached to the rear axle and the speed controlled via a Nintendo Wii remote through Bluetooth, this electric skateboard looks very impressive and is perhaps not as hard to make as you might think. Watch how he did it in this video.
Play retro video games
With assistance from RetroPie, you can turn your RP into an extremely cool retro gaming system. The amazing thing about this project is that you’re not limited to only one device, so now, you can have the best games from popular retro consoles like:
- PlayStation 2
- Nintendo 64
- Game Boy
- Atari 2600
Finally, your Raspberry Pi could be set up to open mechanical doors. Using voice commands via Siri, one RP enthusiast was able to make a connection to his garage door, so that when he gave the command “Open the garage door,” it did precisely that (albeit with several seconds delay). As you’ll see in the accompanying video, it did look like a lot of effort for such a small reward, but it’s the fact that such things are possible which makes it all the more impressive. And it’s all due to the Raspberry Pi.
What amazing project did you see done with Raspberry Pi?