Best Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2022

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Spring is here, the flowers are blooming and the makers are tinkering. It’s been an exciting month in the Raspberry Pi community and choosing projects to feature is never easy. That said, we’re giving ten Pi projects another chance to shine this month and have plenty to inspire everyone from novice creators to the most experienced developer.

These projects are some of the best around and we’ll be sure to share all of the juicy details about how they work and what you’ll need to make them at home, if you can. You don’t always need the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs to make an incredible project but they sure can help add a variety of features to your creation. 

Raspberry Pi Pinball Table

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DIY arcade cabinets are always a hit with gamers and makers alike but it’s not too often that we come across a pinball machine. This isn’t a traditional pinball machine but it’s just as exciting nonetheless featuring a digital panel and animated gameplay. 

Why we love it:

It’s no secret that we love arcade emulation here at Tom’s Hardware. We’ve seen plenty of arcade cabinets but not so many dedicated to pinball. The custom case is just icing on the cake, lending to an impressive finished design.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pinball Machine 

Raspberry Pi Retro TV Gaming Console

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When maker JamHamster whips up something new, it’s hard not to fall in love. From the sleek metallic finishes to the bright orange highlights, JamHamster projects are known for their unique flavor and often Pi-fillled design. This retro TV has been modified to function as an all-in-one-gaming console.

Why we love it:

This custom console uses the RGBerry HAT which adds composite video support for an authentic retro gaming experience. The only shame is that such a well-designed interior is completely hidden away inside the housing.

Read: Raspberry Pi Console TV 

Raspberry Pi Zork Thermal Printer

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Emulating games on the Raspberry Pi is almost always a winning go-to project but this thermal printer Zork project takes the idea to the next level. Not only does it print out lines from the text-based adventure game Zork but it also allows users to play it together online using YouTube’s chat feature.

Why we love it:

There’s always at least one project every month that makes the average person ask “Why?” and the maker ask “Why not?” and this is that project. You don’t even need to know what Zork is to appreciate the ingenuity behind this project design.

Read: Raspberry Pi Zork Printer 

Raspberry Pi 4 Retro Apple Experience

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If you’re a fan of old school Apple hardware, this project might make you do a double take. This old Macintosh SE/30 houses a Raspberry Pi running an OS skin that resembles the design of old school MacOS.

Why we love it:

Any project that recycles vintage hardware is bound to get us excited. This project looks the part both hardware-wise and software-wise. Because the OS only looks like MacOS, you still get a full Linux experience, highlighting the best of both worlds.

Read: Raspberry Pi Macintosh SE/30 

Raspberry Pi Smart Pokédex

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Some makers just want to be the very best and Same Makes is clearly one of them. This Raspberry Pi smart Pokédex looks and functions just like the one from the fictional Pokémon universe.

Why we love it:

We’ve seen Pokédex-shaped handheld consoles but never one that aims to reproduce the original purpose of the device. Users can point the smart Pokédex at objects and it will use AI to assess then identify the object out loud.

Read: Raspberry Pi Smart Pokédex 

Raspberry Pi Automatic Sustainable Farming Robot

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The best part about perusing through Raspberry Pi projects is appreciating their versatility. This Pi is being used to power a sustainable farming robot. This four-wheeled creation helps manage various farming needs and can locomote across rough terrain.

Why we love it:

We knew it probably wouldn’t hurt to add a Raspberry Pi to our emergency prep list but now we’re certain they would also be a critical asset to building a futuristic farm of our dreams. This project is also a great example of the Pi’s potential in industrial uses.

Read: Raspberry Pi Farm Robot 

Raspberry Pi Lego Star Finding Lego Robot

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You can build almost anything with Lego bricks—throw in a Raspberry Pi and you can make your Lego creations do almost anything. Reddit maker EldenGoat has created a Lego-based Pi project that can be used to locate stars in the sky.

Why we love it:

This is, simply put, a stellar project. We love Lego and we love Pi but this project is just out of this world. It’s hard not to feel inspired by something built using our favorite childhood building medium.

Read: Raspberry Pi Star Finder 

Raspberry Pi Pico Doom Port

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“Can it run Doom?” has truly become the goto benchmark question for microelectronics. If you’re wondering about the Pico—yes. It can totally run Doom thanks to this port created by Graham Sanderson.

Why we love it:

It’s always fun to see what new hardware is capable of running Doom and we definitely appreciate that this port was developed just for our favorite microcontroller. If you’ve been curious about an RP2040-powered Doom experience, now is your chance to check it out up close.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Doom 

Raspberry Pi Pico Fiber-Optic Display

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Most developers consider their projects art but this project created by maker ElliotMade leaves no room for doubt. This Pi-powered fiber optic display illuminated fiber optic cables using an RGB matrix for a dazzling rainbow light show.

Why we love it:

Blinking an LED is often the first project makers tackle with the Raspberry Pi but there’s no reason it can develop into a more complicated design and this project is a shining example.

Read: Raspberry Pi Fiber Optic Display 

Raspberry Pi UV Custom PCB Machine

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This project was made for makers who make projects. Dubbed The Medusa, this project is designed to create PCB prototypes using UV light, saving makers tons of time when it comes to developing custom circuit boards.

Why we love it:

It’s a Pi-powered machine made for making more pi-powered projects. It’s hard not to appreciate such a valuable tool that relies mainly on our favorite SBC. It’s useful, well-designed, and guaranteed to make a few developers feel a hint of jealousy.

Read: Raspberry Pi UV PCB Machine

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.

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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
  • 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.