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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

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As we welcome the lovely month of February, we can’t help but admire all the hard work makers have already put into new Raspberry Pi projects in 2022. We love the Raspberry Pi but not as much as we love the Pi community and the plethora of creations that grace our screens every day. These developers pulled out the best tools in their arsenal and we think their work deserves a little extra attention.

Using the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs around, they’re doing everything from controlling projects with their mind to launching golf clubs. In the end, whether or not these projects are practical is not always as important as the potential they show and the novelty they contribute to the maker community as a whole. 

Raspberry Pi Open Source Brain-Computer Interface

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This Raspberry Pi HAT is known as PiEEG. It's designed to read electroencephalography (EEG) signals from users wearing a hat with electrodes. This HAT is not yet available but crowdfunding plans are in the works.

Why we love it:

We've come across Pi projects in the past that use brain waves to power custom responses on the Pi and love how fun the idea is. However, this project makes it easier to get started by compiling multiple EEG-related tools in one place.

Read: Raspberry Pi Open Source Brain-Computer Interface 

Raspberry Pi ARK-io Survival Deck and Weather Station 

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It's not uncommon for Raspberry Pi projects to serve more than one role. When you're running a full Linux OS, it's easy to include extra features, programs, modules and more. That flexibility is how Techno-recluse's simple weather station project evolved into a full-blown survival deck known as the ARK-io.

Why we love it:

Not only does this survival deck look fantastic with a professional finish, it provides plenty of useful emergency tools that can help in a pinch. From its RF receiver to the BN-220 GPS module, it has a ton of versatility that we really appreciate.

Read: Raspberry Pi ARK-io Survival Deck and Weather Station 

Fish Drives Raspberry Pi-Powered Tank

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The edge of the fish tank doesn't have to be the boundary of its experience thanks to this Raspberry Pi-powered tank. With the help of a few cameras and motion detection software, this tank can be driven by the fish inside. As the fish approaches the edge of a tank, a motorized base with wheels steers the tank in that direction.

Why we love it:

This project proves you don't have to be a mad scientist to create mind-blowing creations—you just need a little familiarity with Linux and a Raspberry Pi.

Read: Fish Drives Raspberry Pi-Powered Tank 

Raspberry Pi Mobile LTE Hotspot NAS

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Choosing a Raspberry Pi project isn't always easy but why settle for one function when you can have two? This Pi-based NAS doubles as a wireless, totally mobile hotspot. It uses a 4G HAT to connect to the internet and offers access to media for users to access nearby using mobile devices.

Why we love it:

We love excuses to build Pi projects and this one is definitely ideal for makers on the go. Forget tracking down WiFi hotspots and exposing yourself to strange network activity. This NAS hotspot centralizes your connection to a private network.

Read: Raspberry Pi Mobile LTE Hotspot NAS

Raspberry Pi Brings Apple CarPlay to Tesla

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Sometimes the app you need isn't on the platform you have. Such is the case here when maker Michał Gapiński noticed his Tesla has no support for Apple's CarPlay application. With a little bit of work and a Raspberry Pi 4, he managed to successfully access the CarPlay app with his Tesla.

Why we love it:

Where there's a will, there's a way and where there's a Pi, there's innovation. This project took a bit of engineering to pull off but the end result is notable for its compatibility in a world of competing standards.

Read: Raspberry Pi Brings Apple CarPlay to Tesla 

Raspberry Pi Pico-Powered Super Game Boy Console

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It takes two Picos to make this project run. This custom Game Boy console, dubbed the Game Guy, plays original Game Boy games on any external display using a Pico. A second Pico is used to handle the USB controller input.

Why we love it:

It's Raspberry Pi mixed with original Game Boy hardware—of course we're going to get excited. The final design and overall idea are big retro gaming winners in our book. It’s also neat to see a retro gaming project that doesn’t require ROMs or emulation software but we have a useful guide on how to set up RetroPie on the Raspberry Pi if you’re into that sort of thing.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico-Powered Super Game Boy Console 

Raspberry Pi Golf Club Launcher

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There seems to be no limit to what users can automate with the help of a Raspberry Pi. This club launching project uses a Pi to interpret golf club selections using voice commands and launches the club at users—no caddy required.

Why we love it:

This Pi-powered club launcher takes us one step closer to an automated future filled with robots to handle our most mundane tasks. Whether or not it's safe to launch clubs at people is another conversation but with a little dexterity most users can catch it and get back to the game.

Read: Raspberry Pi Golf Club Launcher 

Raspberry Pi Uses Nine Game Boy Screens as One

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Do you find it hard to make out details on the original 1.9in x 1.7in Game Boy screen? This Raspberry Pi project solves that problem by using nine separate Game Boy screens together as one display.

Why we love it:

It can be refreshing to see old hardware get recycled rather than discarded. Not only does this 9-panel Game Boy screen play original Game Boy games, but it also can work as an external display. Maker Kgsws even demonstrated a quick Minecraft session.

Read: Raspberry Pi Uses Nine Game Boy Screens as One

Raspberry Pi Detects Tonga Volcano Eruption Shockwave

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Maker Sandy Macdonald was quick to report findings to Twitter when his Raspberry Pi detected the shockwave from the Tonga volcano eruption. This led to a stream of makers around the world sharing their shockwave data throughout the remainder of the thread.

Why we love it:

It was intriguing enough to read through Macdonald's findings and interpretation of the data but things just got more exciting as additional makers joined the discussion with their results. It doesn't take much hardware to detect these sort of events—most were using a BME280 module for its pressure sensor to detect the shockwave.

Read: Raspberry Pi Detects Tonga Volcano Eruption Shockwave 

Raspberry Pi Barcodes Scanning Game Selector

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We've seen plenty of cool systems to manage ROMs for retro gaming emulation but we've never seen anything quite like this Raspberry Pi-powered store front emulation platform. Instead of choosing a game from a menu like usual, users must pick up a physical case from one of the shelves and scan the barcode using a USB barcode scanner. This tells the Pi which game to load for users to play.

Why we love it:

This is such a simple idea with fine execution and a lot of hard work. We appreciate that this project brings back both the nostalgic gaming experience alongside the thrill of shopping for a new title on actual store shelves.

Read: Raspberry Pi Barcodes Scanning Game Selector

Tom’s Hardware’s Raspberry Pi Projects

If these projects have you excited to make something of your own, we’re right there with you. We’ve been busy putting together some projects of our own here at Tom’s Hardware and created some guides you can follow along with to see how they work. Not sure where to get started? Dig into one of these and see what you can create. 

How To Dual Boot Your Raspberry Pi

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More than one OS on your Raspberry Pi? You betcha! Les shows us how you can have the best of both worlds in one place by setting up your Raspberry Pi to dual boot. You'll only need the bare basics for this project—a Raspberry Pi with a micro SD card, power adapter, keyboard, mouse, external display and a secondary computer to help set things up.

Read: How To Dual Boot Your Raspberry Pi

How to Build a Morse Code Transmitter Light with Raspberry Pi

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Ryder shows us how to create a Morse code generating light using a Raspberry Pi. If you've ever wanted to communicate with someone over a short distance, this is one way most people won't expect but will see coming a mile away.

Read: How to Build a Morse Code Transmitter Light with Raspberry Pi

How To Make a Raspberry Pi Pico Pedal Stream Controller 

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In this project, Les uses guitar pedal switches with a Raspberry Pi Pico to create a custom stream controller. Changing effects in applications like OBS is as easy as tapping one of the switches with your foot.

Read: How To Make a Raspberry Pi Pico Pedal Stream Controller 

How To Build a Raspberry Pi Pico Simon Game

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Simon says, check out this Raspberry Pi Pico project and make it yourself at home! This tutorial from Les explains everything you need to get started. It doesn't require a full-sized Pi, a Pico microcontroller will do.

Read: How To Build a Raspberry Pi Pico Simon Game 

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

    you can get it here
    https://raspbian-x.com/
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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.

    Best Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2020 : Read more
    Raspberry Pi Scoreboard is the best Pi project
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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.
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  • mrv_co
    Wow, judging by what I've seen on Reddit, I thought the only possible RPi projects were 'smart mirror' projects.
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  • jtremblant
    @Tomshardware, It's "Pi Labs", you have a typo in your article
    https://twisteros.com/
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  • DotNetMaster777
    Nice review
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