If you want to keep an eye on Bitcoin prices, this Raspberry Pi project is exactly what you need. It saves you the hassle of looking pricing up online by updating a display with current prices in real-time. The Bitcoin price ticker was created and shared earlier this week by Aaron from Aaron's Creations on YouTube.
The price ticker is built on top of a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. It checks for current Bitcoin prices online and automatically updates a dot matrix display with the current value.
In the video, Aaron uses a Raspberry Pi 3 B+, but the project would work just as well on a Pi Zero. The project relies mainly on processing a Python file and outputting data to the dot matrix display, something the Pi Zero is more than capable of handling.
As a finishing touch, he designed a custom 3D printed case to house the components in using Fusion 360. It's designed with ventilation for the Pi and a panel for the display.
We always appreciate projects that are easily adaptable, and this one is no exception. If tracking Bitcoin prices isn't of any interest, you can always make adjustments to output something else like stock prices or game scores. If you'd like to see more, check out Aaron's Creations on YouTube for more projects.
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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.