Top 10 Raspberry Pi Projects for Beginners

eedigest – The Raspberry Pi Zero is outstanding amongst other beginning stages for working with code. Regardless of whether you’re an amateur with Python or an innovation veteran, this microcomputer is a phenomenally versatile machine. Venturesome specialists have utilized it to make robots, amusements reassures, craftsmanship establishments – Raspberry Pis have even gone into space – It’s something of a modest representation of the truth to state that there’s bounty you can do with the Raspberry Pi 3. Since the primary Raspberry Pi was discharged in 2012, individuals have been giving it something to do on ventures extending from the functional to the silly. Need to compose your own diversions? Check. Need to make a savvy media community for your TV? Check. Need to revive an exemplary youngsters’ toy? Check.

An outstanding equipment programmer known as “Hub” has figured out how to recoil the Raspberry Pi 3 down from 17mm thick to 7mm, calling his development the Raspberry Pi 3 Slim. Hub disclosed he needed to make a gadget with more power than the Pi Zero, however a similar unpleasant size and this implied evacuating most of the ports and pointless parts from the microcomputer.

To guarantee the changed Raspberry Pi 3 could even now accomplish Node’s objective of enabling it to work without a show, console, or mouse appended, he sawed off the current USB and Ethernet ports and supplanted them with three miniaturized scale USB ports welded inside the case. – “The fundamental purpose of this, other than my fixation on making hardware littler, is to make a simple, attachment and fitting headless PC,” Node clarified on his blog.

“Contingent upon what you’re doing it could function admirably for a general headless framework or server application. The little size additionally implies it’s more compact, and I could envision it functioning admirably for some sort of remote get to point, piratebox or a general hub or the like.”

We’ve gathered together all the best things you can do with a Raspberry Pi to give maturing creators a few thoughts. The greater part of these are outlined on account of the bigger old fashioned models, however a large portion of them can be adjusted (or even enhanced) to highlight the Raspberry Pi Zero. He’s currently made the outlines accessible to download for the individuals who have a 3D printer and wish to lessen the measure of their Raspberry Pi 3.

1. Build a miniature camcorder


You can use the Raspberry Pi Zero to build a tiny camcorder. Devised by Wayne Keenan, the PiCorder uses a Pimoroni HyperPixel screen, Pi Zero camera module, and Zero LiPo plus LiPo battery pack.

With a bit of soldering, you have the hardware gubbins ready to go. All you need then is to install the HyperPixel driver on the Pi, and you are ready to record. The HyperPixel also sports a touchscreen, so you can add a graphical user interface to control it better if you like.

What it could do with, perhaps, is a case to protect the components. That would be an extra project for anyone looking to build a camera like this.

2. A Home Surveillance System

The beauty of the Raspberry Pi is that it’s a pocket-sized computer. That means it can go virtually anywhere, like in the garage, near the front door, or anywhere else you need a pair of eyes and have a power outlet. This beginner project will turn your Pi into a home security system in no time.

When you’re ready to shoot for the moon, you could build a multiple-camera system with a Raspberry Pi, if you want eyes all over the house or yard. This project uses Windows IoT to do the same thing with your Pi if you’re looking for an alternative that might look a little more familiar.

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3. A Whole-Network Ad Blocker, or a Call-Home VPN

If you’re a little more tech-inclined, consider this whole-network ad blocker that’ll protect all the devices and systems on your network from ads, malvertising, and other annoying hover-over and pop-over ads, even on your mobile devices. It’s a little work, but it’s worth it.

For even more security and privacy, consider turning your Pi into a VPN and proxy that you can use when you’re away from the house, too. After all, a VPN is ideal for protecting your data from prying eyes when you’re on the go, and connecting back to your home network gives you a way to keep that traffic and data secure wherever you go. Plus, it’s not a super difficult project to accomplish. Want a little more privacy? Add Tor to the mix.

4. A Completely Portable, Digital eBook Library

If ebooks are your thing, and carrying around tons of them—or even sharing them with others—is your jam, this mobile digital library is ideal for keeping, sharing, and trading books with your friends. Best of all, it’s completely powered by a Raspberry Pi. It’s portable, and turns your Pi into a Wi-Fi hotspot that others can connect to, find something to read, and grab it to take with them. Isn’t sharing wonderful?

5. Raspberry Pi projects: Media centre for your TV

Setting up a Raspberry Pi as your home media centre might be the perfect project. By hooking it up to your TV via HDMI, you can get all your media in your living room, without having to fork out for Apple TV. Specific operating systems such as RasPlex and Raspbmc (based on the Plex and XBMC frameworks respectively) have even been built in order to make it as easy as possible to get you started.

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These systems can access remote media stored in other locations – provided you’re connected to Wi-Fi – and are controllable through remote apps on your smartphone; they can even directly access services such as Netflix and Hulu to stream content to you. It combines all the functionality of a bulky, expensive media setup in a tiny form factor at a ridiculously affordable price, and we can’t get enough of it. We’ve even written a tutorial on how to turn your Raspberry Pi into a home media centre.

6. Xbox Zero

The Raspberry Pi Zero is so small that it could fit into just about anything, as this hack demonstrates. Programmer and maker Terence Eden was lucky enough to get his hands on one of the devices, and with a bit of tinkering, was able to put it inside an original Xbox controller.

Using the RetroPie emulation software, he was able to make a retro games console that’s entirely contained in the controller. The controller itself loops back into the Pi, so all you need to play your favourite old-school games is an HDMI display and a power source. There’s even enough space to fit in a portable power pack for those that want to take it out and about.


7. Raspberry Pi projects: Home Arcade Box 

While it isn’t powerful enough to run many modern games, some enterprising tech-heads have twigged that the Pi is just about perfect on which to play emulators. Emulators, for those of you not in the know, are programs that allow you to play titles from older, outdated consoles such as the SNES, the Sega Genesis and even the original PlayStation, using freely available ROMs.

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While you can run most of these emulators from the standard Raspbian OS, the guys over at RetroPie have dedicated a huge amount of time to building a custom disk image that will do almost all of the work for you, allowing you to select and start your chosen emulator with nothing more than a USB gamepad. The legal catch is that you need to own a physical copy of the games, or it’s piracy. So that means on no account should you use this as an opportunity to play all those SNES games that your mum wouldn’t buy you back in 1991.

8. Raspberry Tor Router

Anonymising network Tor is beloved of privacy advocates everywhere, as well as Dark Web users with more nefarious purposes in mind.

This project turns the Raspberry Pi into a router to send all your network traffic through Tor, rather than just browser sessions. Best of all, you can even slap a battery pack into it to take it wherever you go!

9. Stratux

Raspberry Pi is the centre of hundreds of useful projects, but as this useful gadget shows, it can also help you to learn and satisfy your idle curiosity.

Stratux is a project which was made to tell you information about the various aircraft in the sky around you, and the good news is that it’s wonderfulyl simple to build.

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By receiving and translating the ADS-B broadcasts from airplanes in the sky nearby, Stratux gives you information such as the planes’ altitudes, speeds, locations and callsigns.

It runs on the Raspberry Pi 3 Motherboard, and the decoding software can be downloaded onto a Micro SD card that you simply slot into the chip. Read More : Raspberry Pi add-on : LEDs, a speaker and a microphone

This page has a few alternative lists of parts, ranging in cost from a budget $95, to a common $145 package, up to a $260 list that’s quick to build.

10. Build your own AI assistant

Google has partnered with official Raspberry Pi magazine The MagPi to release a brand new add-on board, enabling makers to add voice control and artificial intelligence to their Raspberry Pi projects.

The board allows hobbyists to make easy use of Google’s Cloud Speech API for voice recognition, as well as the Google Assistant SDK that provides the AI brain for the company’s smartest devices.

Issue 57 of the MagPi comes complete with a free AI kit, including the new Voice HAT add-on module, a speaker, microphone, cables, button and even an enclosure to put it in – everything you’ll need to make a homebrew version of Google Home.

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