Raspberry Pi Projects: November 2023

Raspberry Pi Projects
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The winter season is almost here as we wind down the year with some amazing Raspberry Pi projects. These are some of the best creations we’ve had the honor of featuring over the last month. As always, these makers use the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs available to bring their ideas to life.

It’s also worth noting that the Raspberry Pi 5 has debuted and we’re very excited to share some projects and a closer look at the new boards capabilities. In addition to looking at what the community is up to, we also have a tutorial to share from the staff here at Tom’s Hardware. 

Raspberry Pi Robot Doly

Best Raspberry Pi Projects

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This project, known as Doly, is completely open source with a Kickstarter accompanying its release for those who want to purchase the unit already made. This little companion bot features a Raspberry Pi and locomotes using tank tracks. There are two round LCD screens used to animate its eyes.

Why we love it:

This is one of those projects that’s fun to learn with but also leaves you with something cool to play with when you’re done putting it together. If you want to learn the basics of robotics, this is a fun starting point.

Read: Raspberry Pi Robot Doly

Raspberry Pi Pico Cat Food Dispenser

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If you have cats to take care of, you might want to have a little fun and use a Raspberry Pi Pico to create something they can use. Maker Anthony Douglas did just as much when he designed this Pico-powered cat food dispenser.

Why we love it:

We love projects that are practical and this one has a real world use case that makes the effort of building it that much more worth it. You can 3D print the body used in its design and as the dispenser is completely open source.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Cat Food Dispenser

Raspberry Pi Smart Vertical Farm

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Vertical farming is all about saving space and moving your plants into structures like shelving units. This can make it tricky to manage and care for your plants depending on the scale of your garden. That’s where Tanay Tanay’s Raspberry Pi smart vertical farming project comes in. It uses a Pi along with a variety of sensors to monitor plants and make adjustments to optimize the plant’s environment automatically.

Why we love it:

This project isn’t exclusive to vertical farms but it does make managing them easier. But because it’s so adaptable, you could use a setup like this to monitor any plant and remotely water them using the pump system.

Read: Raspberry Pi Smart Vertical Farm

Raspberry Pi Pico Therapy Timer

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Timers are simple concepts but this Pico-powered therapy timer adds an intriguing level of complexity that results in a beautiful end product. Instead of using numbers, the timer’s status is relayed using various colors. According to the maker, Matthias Wandel, the goal was to create something unobtrusive that counselors and therapists could use during sessions.

Why we love it:

The project works great as intended but the effort taken to diffuse the light and construct a wooden case from scratch is just icing on the cake. It even has wooden buttons on the top for adjusting the timer settings.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Therapy Timer

Cluster of 32 Raspberry Pis

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If there’s one thing that always brings together a classroom, it’s a teacher with plenty of passion to share. Mike Reed is a leading example of such a character as demonstrated in his amazing Raspberry Pi cluster. This project serves as a learning tool for his tech class in which he teaches programming and other microelectronics fundamentals.

Why we love it:

This project might be used as a learning tool but it is a learning tool itself. Reed’s clusters are neatly designed and executed just as well. We love the effort put into making these clusters and the features he’s implemented to make his job as a teacher that much easier.

Read: Cluster of 32 Raspberry Pis

Raspberry Pi Translates Speech to Sign Language with Robotic Hand

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The Raspberry Pi is a great tool for those looking to bridge communication gaps. But while oftentimes that means using a Pi to make an adapter of sorts, this communication gap is bridged between people. Prabhjot Singh is using a Raspberry Pi to serve as a translation platform called Deaf Link  that enables deaf people to communicate with hearing people using a robotic hand to produce sign language.

Why we love it:

We love any project that makes life easier and this project is a great example of just that. The hearing person doesn’t even need to know sign language at all in order to use the machine. A Raspberry Pi is responsible for handling the sign language interpretation entirely.

Read: Raspberry Pi Translates Speech to Sign Language

Raspberry Pi 5 Projects

The Raspberry Pi 5 is finally available and we’ve already got a few projects and demos that push the new board to its limits. If you want to see what the new Pi is capable of, this is a great look at what it can accomplish.

Recalbox Emulation Tested

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LeePSPVideo got his hands on the Pi 5 early and wanted to see how well it handled Recalbox. The Pi 5 has some notable performance advantages over the Pi 4 and it’s already looking like a great retro gaming platform. There are a few factors to consider like temperature and what display you’re outputting to when it comes to tweaking performance.

Read: Recalbox Emulation Tested

Raspberry Pi 5 Emulates Nintendo GameCube and Wii

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Raspberry Pis in the past have been unable to successfully emulate the Nintendo GameCube and Wii platforms. That seems to have changed as demonstrated by LeePSPVideo’s foray into running Dolphin on the Raspberry Pi 5. Check out this video if you want to see how well it performs with the new specs.

Read: Raspberry Pi 5 Emulates Nintendo GameCube and Wii

Raspberry Pi 5 Team Talk RP1

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One of the most interesting parts of the Raspberry Pi 5’s design is its use of the RP1 chip. The story of its development dates back to 2015 and is definitely worth learning about if you’re a fan of the Raspberry Pi and excited about the new board.

Read: Raspberry Pi 5 Team Talk RP1

Raspberry Pi 5 Compatible OS 'Bookworm' Officially Released

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A new board requires a new OS and that’s what we got with the release of Bookworm. This operating system is necessary if you want to use the new Raspberry Pi 5. It’s flashed using Raspberry Pi Imager just the same as previous Raspberry Pi OS editions.

Read: Raspberry Pi OS Bookworm Officially Released

Tom's Hardware Projects

After spending so much time looking through these amazing projects, we often become inspired ourselves. Here’s a look at the latest Raspberry Pi tutorials to come from the team here at Tom’s Hardware over the last month.

Overclocking Raspberry Pi 5 to 3 GHz

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The new Raspberry Pi has plenty of specs to get excited about but Les is already pushing the board to its limits. If you want to know more about overclocking the Raspberry Pi 5, check this out and see what it’s capable of.

Read: Overclocking Raspberry Pi 5 to 3 GHz

How to Set Up a Headless Raspberry Pi 5

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If you want to get off the ground with a Raspberry Pi, you’ll need to set it up. But what if you don’t have a monitor? Running a Pi without a display is known as operating a headless system. Here’s our guide on how you can set up a headless Raspberry Pi 5 put together by Editor in Chief Avram Piltch.

Read: How to Set Up a Headless Raspberry Pi 5

How to Emulate PlayStation 2 on the Raspberry Pi 5

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Have you been looking for an SBC capable of emulating the PlayStation 2? It turns out the Raspberry Pi 5 has got what it takes and Les has already put a guide together to show us how to set it up. Check it out to see what you need to do in order to start gaming on this classic platform.

Read: How to Emulate PlayStation 2 on the Raspberry Pi 5

Ash Hill
Freelance News and Features Writer

Ash Hill is a Freelance News and Features Writer at Tom's Hardware US. She manages the Pi projects of the month and much of our daily Raspberry Pi reporting.

  • R_1
    Raspbian XP has merged with RaspbianX and is now Twister OS.

    you can get it here
  • princeror
    Admin said:
    Makers this summer are keeping their hands busy with plenty of cool Raspberry Pi projects. Here are some of the best ones we've encountered over the past month.

    Best Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2020 : Read more
    Raspberry Pi Scoreboard is the best Pi project
  • Endymio
    >> "This matrix cube project was created by a maker known as Sebastian Staacks. Using a Raspberry Pi, it constantly displays an animation that changes as his CPU temperature rises ..."
    A quad-core CPU and 20 million lines of Linux OS code-- all to implement a color-changing thermometer? And this is your number one project for the month? As much of a Raspberry Pi fan as I am, there is something indescribably banal in many of these projects.
  • mrv_co
    Wow, judging by what I've seen on Reddit, I thought the only possible RPi projects were 'smart mirror' projects.
  • jtremblant
    @Tomshardware, It's "Pi Labs", you have a typo in your article
  • DotNetMaster777
    Nice review
  • mamasan2000
    If you want a static IP on your RPI and you have it at the same spot (at home for example), go into your router and find Lan Setup or similar. Tie the RPIs MAC-address to an IP. It will always get that IP, even if you have DHCP on. Same goes for all the other devices you set up that way. So you can wipe the PC, RPI, whatever and they will always have the same IP.
  • dmijaj9
    Well explained about the Raspberry-pi topic. Could you please add something about the CAN Protocol interface with raspberrypi? I want to have it with deep from basic to deep about CAN BUS.
  • wbfox
    How does that submarine simulator end?
  • wbfox
    dmijaj9 said:
    Well explained about the Raspberry-pi topic. Could you please add something about the CAN Protocol interface with raspberrypi? I want to have it with deep from basic to deep about CAN BUS.
    They don't have a built in CAN controller or transceiver. You want something else for deep.