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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

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We love the Raspberry Pi and everything that comes with being a part of the Pi community. We know what it's like to take a project idea and develop it into fruition and that's why we're rounding up this year with some of the best Raspberry Pi projects the community has to offer--showcasing the hard work and ingenuity put into creating something new.

Whether it's creating something fun like a Raspberry Pi matrix painting project or developing a professional aerospace tool that can run on the Raspberry Pi, these are the projects that stood out to us the most that we thought deserved extra attention.

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Raspberry Pi RetroPie GameCube Project 

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This retro gaming project was designed by a maker known as Polinator1993-. It features a Raspberry Pi running RetroPie inside of a GameCube. A little extra work was needed to design and 3D print components to fit the internal hardware in place but the end result was definitely worth the effort.

Why we love it: It's always cool to see makers put life back into old hardware. This GameCube was non-functional before the project, so no original working hardware was dismantled for this project. This RetroPie rig is definitely what we would call one-of-a-kind.

Raspberry Pi Smart Doorbell

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With so many smart products on the market today, why not make your own? Zane Claes of Technically Wizardry thought the same when creating this Raspberry Pi smart doorbell. It's motion-sensitive and features an IR camera.

Why we love it: Open-source hardware wins when it comes to home security. Having a little extra control over your home security systems can help provide top-of-the-line performance if implemented correctly and this project is a prime example of that.

NASA Uses Raspberry Pi

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Recently, a team at NASA developed an open-source framework for the development of flight software called F Prime. While demonstrating its embedded capability, the team chose to use a Raspberry Pi as an example to demo the software.

Why we love it: It's really cool to see a Raspberry Pi get used in a professional setting. It's fun knowing there are Aerospace engineers around dabbling with our favorite SBC.

Raspberry Pi 400 Amiga

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Retro gaming is one thing but retro computing is an entirely different flavor of nostalgic technology. This project uses the newly released Raspberry Pi 400 to emulate computing with an old school Amiga.

Why we love it: We can't help but get excited when Pi projects integrate our favorite retro hardware. PiMiga is a fun platform that compliments a Raspberry Pi 400 well.

Raspberry Pi Matrix Painting Project

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If you played with a Lite Brite back in the day, this Raspberry Pi LED matrix painting project might feel familiar. This project uses an iPad to operate a custom app that can change matrix LEDs, allowing the user to essentially paint on the matrix in real-time.

Why we love it: This is a really creative project! It's super interactive and would be a great weekend project for kids to experiment with. We appreciate the amount of work that goes into such a seemingly simple concept.

Raspberry Pi / Intel NUC Cyberdeck

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This cyberdeck was made for two! Well, it was made for two SBCs—both a Raspberry Pi and an Intel NUC. A KVM switch makes it possible to quickly swap between these devices. This cyberdeck is definitely a custom experience and great implementation of the Raspberry Pi.

Why we love it: This is a very attractive final product with really cool specs you aren't going to find on any store shelf. The project functions as great as it looks and the amount of work that went into it absolutely shows.

Raspberry Pi ISS Real-Time Model

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This team is using a Raspberry Pi to operate a 1:1 model of the ISS. The project is dubbed ISS Mimic. When the ISS moves in outer space, the Pi-operated model moves in real-time.

Why we love it: This project is a really cool example of how the Raspberry Pi can perform as yet another learning tool. We've seen plenty of projects that use a Pi to control servos for robots but a model space station is definitely a new one.

Raspberry Pi Stargate

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Sci-fi and technology overlaps so well—like peanut butter and jelly. It should come as no surprise that this maker decided to create a very technically detailed replica of a portal from Stargate. It's not enough to just look like one of the portals, it uses a Raspberry Pi to control an LED infinity mirror and play soundbites from the original Stargate series.

Why we love it: This is a really creative implementation of several elements that result in a truly unique end product. The infinity mirror used to fill the inside of the portal was a clever idea while the sound bites add a fun touch.

Raspberry Pi 400 Mechanical Keys Mod

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This was one of the first Raspberry Pi 400 mods we found after its initial release. The new product is already so exciting, but this takes it to another level. These mechanical keys completely redesign the look and tactile experience of the Raspberry Pi 400.

Why we love it: This is a really fun project idea! Custom keyboards are already a community of their own--redesigning the Raspberry Pi 400 just seems inevitable. We appreciate the work that went into this project and love the look of the final build.

Raspberry Pi Doom NES PCB

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You can run Doom on anything! With the help of a Raspberry Pi, you can even run Doom on an original NES console. This maker rigged a custom Doom NES cartridge using a Raspberry Pi 3 Model A+ module.

Why we love it: It takes a lot of patience to design your own PCB. Credit where it's due--this was a difficult project to pull off and the concept alone is ambitious enough to get us excited. This project mixes too many things we love into one. Nice work!

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