Have you been looking for some fun awesome Raspberry Pi projects to try? There are so many wonderful projects you can create with Raspberry Pi. Whether you’re an expert hobbyist or a Dad looking for some fun things to do with your kid, anyone can create a plethora of cool gadgets. While the more complex projects might go over the average Joe’s head, there are plenty of Raspberry Pi projects for beginners. And, once you overcome the hurdle, it’ll give you a sense of accomplishment.
Even better, it won’t put a strain on your wallet. You can do everything with this little guy, like make an MP3 player, a video game system, a portable camera that documents your travels, or even a photo booth. Did I mention it’s fairly cheap? Some Raspberry Pi computers are only $50. So, get your toolbox. Here are some awesome Raspberry Pi projects that you’ll want to try.
Build a Connect 4 Game
You probably played this game as a kid. Now, share your nostalgia with your children by having them play the fun game of “Connect 4,” but this time against a computer using “Raspberry Pi.” Be careful though, this project can be a tad tricky. Not only are you programming the “Pi” to be able to play the game, but you also need to program it to know the difference between the colors, red, black, or whatever colors you choose.
Build a Mobile Digital Library
Let’s face it, people every day have made the switch to digital to read books, newspapers, and magazines. However, most don’t want to pay high prices for a tablet or “Kindle.” With this Raspberry Pi project, you can build your own digital library and share it with friends and family. Hey, this might even get your kid to start reading, too.
Build a Live Camera to Stream to YouTube
Is there a superstar in the family? Perhaps you want to start a “How- to” video channel on YouTube? Well, guess what, this Raspberry Pi project can help you out! Even better, you can do it without breaking the bank with expensive camera equipment.
Build a Digital Exercise Bike
Okay, we get it, why would you build a machine to make you exercise? There is something about building an exercise module yourself and testing it out. You can do this by using a Raspberry Pi and something with a big screen like a Kindle or a Tablet. Don’t try to use a monitor unless you’re like super strong, or have great balance.
Build a JukeBox
If someone in the family is constantly bugging you for an MP3 player, then look no further. With Raspberry Pi, you can create your very own portable jukebox and connect it to the stereo. The interface is easy to comprehend even for non-computer nerds. In no time you’ll be a hit at house parties.
Create an Amazon Echo
Okay, technically, this isn’t Alexa (the lawsuits!). It’s her just as good counterpart “Allyson.” You can create a smart device that behaves like a store bought device. From reminding you about doctors appointments to playing the newest hit songs, it’s essentially just as good. What’s better, you won’t have to fight someone in a store for the last one.
Create a Retro Home Nintendo Console
Are you nostalgic for your old “Nintendo Entertainment System”? You know what I’m talking about. The days of the original “Super Mario Bros.” can’t be beat. Ahh, the ’80s! Yes, graphics have gotten much better since the days of “Donkey Kong” but admit it, you miss the simplicity of those games. Using a Raspberry Pi, you can create your old Nintendo system and this time, Mom probably won’t be yelling at you to turn it off.
Build a Robot Dog
While a robot dog is not as cuddly as a real canine, you can teach it do many of the tricks that it takes a real dog to learn how to do, like not peeing on the rug. You can create a robot dog using Raspberry Pi to do all sorts of things like fetch, play dead, and take over the world. Okay, forget that last one! (Warning! We’re not responsible if your robot dog turns evil and tries to take over the world. Bad Dog!)
Build a Portable Camera
Take some more selfies! Caption your food for Instagram! The skies the limit! If you’re feeling particularly cocky, you brag the camera you used, you created yourself. Yes, you can make your own portable camera and the picture quality ain’t too shabby, either.
Make Your Own Photo Booth
A great novelty idea for birthday parties, bar mitzvahs and weddings, you can build a photo booth with Raspberry Pi to capture those precious moments of your friends making weird faces and having a great time. Be careful though, this project is a little complex. Maybe start off creating a camera first?
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