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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

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This November, we’re super thankful to have the Raspberry Pi in our lives, as well as all of the makers in the community that help bring us together with their wonderful projects. This month, we’ve got over 10 Raspberry Pi projects to share including at least one that uses the latest board—The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W (check out our Raspberry Pi Zero 2 review to see how it stacks up against previous models).

We cover tons of projects throughout the week but today we’re highlighting the most notable creations to grace our screens. These makers pulled out all the stops, using the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs to make the best projects they could and we think they deserve a little extra love. 

Raspberry Pi 400 PC Keyboard / Mouse Combo 

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With a little tweaking, Phil Howard from Pimoroni managed to turn the Raspberry Pi 400 into a keyboard/mouse combo that works on any PC. Just plug it in to a USB port on pretty much any PC and away you go!

Why we love it:

The Raspberry Pi 400 is known for being a keyboard PC but for some reason, modifying it to work as a regular keyboard feels like an upgrade and not a demotion. We love the simplicity behind the project idea and how easy it is to execute.

Read: Raspberry Pi 400 PC Keyboard / Mouse Combo

Raspberry Pi Pico Cycle Computer

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You don’t need expensive hardware to add a computer system to your bicycle. This project uses the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller with an LCD screen to create a custom cycle computer. It keeps track of things like speed and how far you’ve traveled in a given session.

Why we love it:

Why buy something you can make yourself and with greater attention to detail? This simple project is a really fun way to monitor your biking habits and exercise your brain muscles in one move.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Cycle Computer

Raspberry Pi BMO TV

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It all started with the Simpson’s TV project but this one is inspired by Adventure Time. Davidforthewynne has created a Pi-powered TV shaped just like the Adventure Time character BMO that plays episodes from the series.

Why we love it:

It’s a well designed project that came together nicely in a relatively short amount of time. It looks sleek, functions as intended, and even has working buttons on the front.

Read: Raspberry Pi BMO TV

Raspberry Pi-Powered 3D Printed Gorilla Recites Shakespeare

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X Development, a moonshot factory owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, once shared a particular blog post with the phrase, "Let's teach a monkey how to recite Shakespeare while on a pedestal."

This simple post inspired maker YamS1 to create a 3D printed gorilla on a pedestal that quotes Shakespear—with the help of a Raspberry Pi, of course.

Why we love it:

The overall idea is fun enough on its own but what really stood out to us here was the choice to use a round screen for the face. These displays aren’t hard to come by but are usually reserved for things like smart watches.

Read: Raspberry Pi-Powered 3D Printed Gorilla Recites Shakespeare

Raspberry Pi Pico Automatic Ball Launcher

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This project was made with your best friend in mind! Brankly is using a Raspberry Pi Pico to power this automatic ball launcher for his dog. The hardware is housed inside a 3D printed shell designed by Brankly just for the project.

Why we love it:

This is an extremely versatile project with mechanisms that could be applied to all sorts of projects. In this case, the ball launching system could be used for not only pets but also sports-based applications.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Automatic Ball Launcher

Raspberry Pi Robot Costume That Plays Sound Effects

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Iammandalore took Halloween to the next level with this awesome, Raspberry Pi-powered robot costume. It features a panel of buttons on the front and a Raspberry Pi inside to interpret the input and play hilarious audio clips.

Why we love it:

The design for the costume is so fun and has a retro future-feel that’s easy to appreciate. A Raspberry Pi-based soundboard might be easy to create but it’s the details added to this suit that make the project so endearing. For example, entering the Konami code will result in a sound bite from the infamous spam call about your car’s extended warranty.

Read: Raspberry Pi Robot Costume

Raspberry Pi Pico Powered Pumpkin

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This isn’t the first project from Gurgle Apps we’ve featured and it probably won’t be the last. This Halloween, the team used a few MAX7219 8x8 LED matrix modules to animate eyes for their jack-o-lanterns.

Why we love it:

So many things are better when you put a Pi in it and jack-o-lanterns are no exception! This project introduces more complex programming with a super fun end result that’s easy to show off throughout the holiday.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Powered Pumpkin

Raspberry Pi Skull's Eye Runs Doom

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“Can it run Doom?”

This question once spread as a meme has become a benchmark of sorts and a challenge to be tested by some. In this project, maker Foone has put a Raspberry Pi inside of a skull and managed to run Doom on a tiny 320px x 240px LCD housed inside one of the eye sockets.

Why we love it:

Yes, you can in fact run Doom inside the eye of a skull. All you need is a Raspberry Pi and a skull to get started. According to Foone, there plans to use the other eye socket to run as a stereoscoping secondary display.

Read: Raspberry Pi Skull’s Eye Runs Doom

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W YouTube Subscriber Counter

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This is one of the first projects we’ve come across that uses the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. In this project, Clemens from Elektor TV has created a YouTube subscriber counter that accesses the YouTube API and retrieves the current subscriber count of a specific channel in real-time.

Why we love it:

This project is simple, looks great, and comes with a thorough tutorial for anyone interested in making one themselves. We’re definitely excited to see the Pi Zero 2 W get some love and we can’t wait to see how makers push it to its limits.

Read: Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W YouTube Subscriber Counter

Raspberry Pi-Powered Display Rotates into Portrait Mode

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If you’re a fan of the Samsung Sero TV, why not make your own with a Raspberry Pi? That’s what maker Su77unger did with this awesome Pi-powered rotating screen project. It synchronizes with the accelerometer in your smartphone while screen mirroring to mimic the orientation of your phone.

Why we love it:

This is the kind of project worth setting up permanently, rather than recycling the components for future projects. It’s notably ingenuitive and shows that you don’t need name-brand hardware to get modern technology in your home.

Read: Raspberry Pi-Powered Display Rotates into Portrait Model

Tom's Hardware Raspberry Pi Projects

We’ve been busy this month creating Halloween projects of our own and also getting super hyped about the latest board, the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W. Here are a few tutorials put together by the staff here at Tom’s Hardware that you can follow along with and recreate at home.

How to Overclock A Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

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The Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W has barely been out for a week and we’ve already got a guide put together on how you can overclock it. If you want to see how it’s done and push your Pi to its limits, check out this guide by Les Pounder.

Read: How to Overclock A Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W

How to Build A Smart Fog Machine with a Raspberry Pi

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Stop wasting fog and spook your guests when they’re actually around with this Pi-powered fog machine by mad creator Ryder Damen. This project uses a sensor to detect motion and trigger the fog machine so you’re not wasting any fog juice while no one is around.

Read: How to Build A Smart Fog Machine with a Raspberry Pi

How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Zombie Arm

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If you’re looking to make your Halloween decor a little more extreme, check out this Pi-powered zombie arm created by Ryder Damen. In this project, a creepy zombie arm reaches out towards guests when they trigger the motion sensor.

Read: How to Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Zombie Arm

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  • princeror
    Admin said:
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  • 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