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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

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You’re in luck! This month we’ve got plenty of Raspberry Pi projects to fill your inspiration pot with enough gold guaranteed to entertain all summer long. These makers pulled out all the stops to create some of the most fun, imaginative and scientifically-intriguing projects we’ve seen yet.

These developers make use of the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs to create some truly unique and inspiring creations. Whether you’re looking for a project to make at home or just want to see what the brilliant makers in the Pi community are up to, this list has got you covered.

Raspberry Pi 3D Scanner OpenScan

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Photogrammetry is the process of using a camera to scan a real life object to create a 3D rendering of that object. OpenScan makes it possible to power your own photogrammetry rig with a Raspberry Pi. The latest update makes room for some seriously high quality results as it supports the latest HD Arducam module.

Why we love it:

This project goes to show that it’s possible to create professional grade technology with a little ingenuity and a Raspberry Pi. The latest progress on OpenScan helps amp up the quality for DIY photogrammetry rigs.

Read: Raspberry Pi 3D Scanner OpenScan

Raspberry Pi Security Camera Window

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Looking for a new perspective? This Raspberry Pi-powered window provides maker Snicker1633 with a view of their home security camera while they’re working at the office. Instead of using your typical pane of glass, it features a huge monitor with some molding attached to resemble a window.

Why we love it:

When we first found this project, we couldn’t help but exclaim “Great Scott!” This simple project shows how far a clever mind can take us into the future. If you’ve ever wanted to tune into the scenery channel, now is your chance.

Read: Raspberry Pi Security Camera Window

Raspberry Pi Trinocular Microscope Image Capturing

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Trinocular microscopes open up the microscopic world to the digital realm. With the help of a Raspberry Pi, Gary Croft has managed to record both still images and video for an incredible up close look at the micro world around us.

Why we love it:

This is one of the coolest projects you can find as a science lover. If you want to start a microbiology laboratory at home, this Pi-powered image capturing system is a great place to start.

Read: Raspberry Pi Trinocular Microscope Image Capturing

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Open-Source Handheld

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We knew it wouldn’t be long before the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W appeared as the main board for a custom handheld. This system was developed by Penk Chen and features a keyboard and screen in the form of a foldable handheld device.

Why we love it:

Of course we were excited to see the Zero 2 W get some love but what we really appreciate here is the finished design. This handheld looks sleek and fits a form factor you just don’t see often in many handheld projects.

Read: Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Open-Source Handheld

Raspberry Pi Automatic Vignette Generator

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This Raspberry Pi-powered Vignette Generator was created by Andy Adkin. If you’re not familiar with vignettes, it’s basically a short video clip comprised of photos taken over a set amount of time. In this project, Adkin is compressing 15 minutes of footage into 15 second clips to be shared with Twitter.

Why we love it:

This project stood out to us as a fun, Pi-fueled way to connect with others during lockdowns. It might be hard to get out and travel right now, but Adkin’s project provides a quick glimpse for curious parties of a seaside view in Wales.

Read: Raspberry Pi Automatic Vignette Generator

Raspberry Pi Pico Never-ending Breakbeats

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Tod Kurt, aka Todbot is using our favorite microcontroller, the Raspberry Pi Pico to power this never-ending breakbeat system. If you're looking to jam, he was nice enough to share all of the details for anyone curious about recreating it at home.

Why we love it:

We’re always looking for excuses to get down and it’s hard to say no when a Raspberry Pi is thrown into the mix. This project is super niche but also super groovy. If you’re looking for a music-based project to tinker around with, check out this one for sure.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Never-ending Breakbeats

Raspberry Pi Rubik's Cube Solver

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Solving a Rubik’s cube is arguably the whole point of having one. That said, programming a Raspberry Pi to do things for you it’s main purpose. In this project, the Raspberry Pi has won as Andrea Favero is using one to automatically solve Rubik’s cubes.

Why we love it:

Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should but with Raspberry Pi projects, that’s half the fun. The process of evaluating the cube, planning the resolution, and seeing it through is really impressive on its own—but doubly so when a Raspberry Pi does it for us.

Read: Raspberry Pi Rubik's Cube Solver

Raspberry Pi Smart Shopping Cart

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This Raspberry Pi Smart Shopping Cart proves that there’s no point in buying new what you can make yourself. With a few components and a Raspberry Pi, you can devise a system capable of managing inventory and tallying sales.

Why we love it:

It’s almost always worth it in life to make something yourself. Whether it’s for cost benefit or the learning experience along the way, this project is a great example of how easy it is to construct a business solution from scratch.

Read: Raspberry Pi Smart Shopping Cart

Raspberry Pi Oscilloscope

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There’s nothing worse than needing a tool that you just can’t seem to find—but where there’s a Pi, there’s a way! This project uses a Raspberry Pi to power a custom oscilloscope complete with a smartphone display.

Why we love it:

This is a super useful tool that blows our mind that it can be made with just a Raspberry Pi Pico. According to How To Electronics, the configuration is capable of detecting frequencies of up to 250KHz.

Read: Raspberry Pi Oscilloscope

USB4VC Raspberry Pi Retro Peripheral Adapter

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Playing on old computers is always a treat in itself but if you’ve ever wanted to use modern USB peripherals with them, you’re going to have a hard time. Thankfully, DekuNukem created this awesome USB4VC adapter that converts the USB input into a recognizable format for vintage PCs using a Raspberry Pi.

Why we love it:

We love vintage computers, we love Raspberry Pi—this project was a recipe for success from the start. It’s always exciting to see projects that help prolong the life of older hardware and this one adds a fun way to interface with older computers that might not otherwise get much attention.

Read: USB4VC Raspberry Pi Retro Peripheral Adapter

Tom’s Hardware’s Raspberry Pi Projects

After looking at community projects all month long, we couldn’t help but whip up a few of our own. These projects are created by the staff here at Tom’s Hardware and include full parts lists, instructions, and pictures to help anyone interested in recreating them at home.

How To Run Long-running Scripts on a Raspberry Pi

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Running long-running scripts on the Raspberry Pi is critical to many projects that require ongoing monitoring. But did you know you can start long-running processes over SSH? Ryder shows us how to initiate these processes from the machine of your choosing.

Read: How To Run Long-running Scripts on a Raspberry Pi

How to Install Raspberry Pi OS Over the Internet

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No PC? No problem. In this guide, Les demonstrates how to install Raspberry Pi OS over the internet. You will need a PC for firmware updates but it’s still possible to put the OS on a Pi without one initially. 

Read: How to Install Raspberry Pi OS Over the Internet

How to Build a Morse Code Receiver with Raspberry Pi

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In the age of digital communication, the one form many of us are lacking is a morse code receiver. If you want to recreate this old technology, Ryder’s got you covered and shows how to build on with a Raspberry Pi.

Read: How to Build a Morse Code Receiver with Raspberry Pi

Ash Hill
Ash Hill

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
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  • 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.

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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