Top 15 Raspberry Pi Project Ideas For The Engineer In You

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Raspberry is a development board that has made a lot of noise since its introduction to the public. The cost and the wide support community has further added to the wide range of applications this board supports. Let’s look at the some Raspberry Pi project ideas for you to get busy with.

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Raspberry Pi Projects: Computing

 

Configuring the Raspberry Pi

Before we go into designing projects, let’s configure that little board first. This project takes you through understanding the project and lists out on some of the basic requirements which being:

  • a secure home network.
  • a router that can accept a direct ethernet cable.

If you are working at an office, the network configuration settings outlined here might have to be adapted for your specific company’s network/firewall.

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You can find the project here: Configuring the Raspberry Pi

Create a Cluster

In this next project, we build a computing cluster for all the people out there who require heavy computation power for their devices. The video begins with an explanation of the various topologies for cluster application, and moves on to building one. The video focuses on the hardware construction of the cluster so you get the best idea.

You can find the project here: Create a Cluster

Setting your Server

Once all the fun and games are over, you might want to get down to business. Raspberry pi let’s you setup a web server from the comfort of your own home. This next project, takes you through setting up a web server for WordPress on Raspberry Pi. WordPress is a PHP and MySQL based open source blogging platform and content management system. With the huge support community, this should be a blast to work on.

You can find the project here: Setting your Server

Raspberry Pi projects: Music and Entertainment

 

Media Centre

Once you know nobody can enter your home without being caught on camera. You can go ahead with feeling a bit safer. This next project let’s you make your very own media centre right in your house, to enjoy some of your new found safety. The project takes you through the various steps involved with designing the system using a raspberry pi. Probably you could have a dance-off over the weekend as well.

You can find the project here: Media Centre

Pi Ra-Te/Dio

This simple hack turns your Raspberry Pi into a powerful FM transmitter! It has enough range to cover your home, DIY drive-in movie, silent disco, a high school ball game, or even a bike parade. The Raspberry Pi’s broadcast frequency can range between 1Mhz and 250Mhz, which may interfere with government bands. It is advised to avoid bought out frequencies.

You can find the project here: Pi Ra-Te/Dio

Talking Tom

If you have some toys in your cupboard and would like to modify those simple toys into smart toys, then you should follow into Grant Gibson’s footsteps. This guy took a talking chatter telephone, opened it up and put in a Raspberry Pi. The final result was something pretty interesting. The talking chatter smartphone now has RasPi inside.

You can find the project here: Talking Tom

Pi-Phone

You can also build a phone using a Raspberry Pi and some communication modules. The communications module i.e. the Sim900 GSM/GPRS module allows the user to send receive messages, make calls using standard AT commands. Daniel Hunt is the creator of this amazing DIY smart phone and he has made the software code available at Github for download.

You can find the project here: PiPhone

Raspberry Pi Projects: Gaming

 

Protobot

How does a RC Car controlled over wifi using an XBox controller featuring the below systems sound?

  1. Haptic feedback
  2. Pi Camera video feedback
  3. Wireless XBox360 control
  4. Wifi Telemetry

If you are willing to tinker with electronics, this could just be the things for you. Go on, give it a try.

You can find the project here: Protobot

Drag racing

This next project works on using your Raspberry Pi to control a 1/10 scale remote controlled car via a web page hosted wirelessly on your Pi. All you need to do is set up your Pi to use your mobile as a hotspot then log onto the appropriate web page (hosted by the Pi) and tilt your phone to control your car like a Wii Remote. From the front end, racing is all about fast cars, however when you get to designing, racing has never been more technical.

You can find the project here: Drag racing

Raspi to Runpi

Technology is getting into everything around us. From head mounted cameras on cricket umpires to prosthetic foot in paralympics, a lot of sports are also adopting technology. This next project also ventures in a similar domain. If you are inspired by Bolt this olympic season, this would be something to try. Go ahead, be the one to bring technology and sports together…

You can find the project here: Raspi to Runpi

Raspberry Pi Projects: Camera Applications

 

Live-streaming

Skype is just too mainstream. There is no challenge. All you have to do is pick a number and call. It’s all too easy for the engineer in you to just dial and be done with it. Additionally, skype uses up a lot of your bandwidth. How about if you could build something for yourself without loading the bandwidth i.e the internet speed. This low bandwidth solution is just the project for engineers to show some of their skills.

You can find the project here: Live-streaming

Surveillance Camera

Security has been a major concern with a lot of people living in the big cities. Even if you are not in major cities, security is still a concern. A lot of people want their hands on what is not theirs. The surveillance camera is based on a raspberry pi board and uses Wi-Fi for transmission of captured signals.

You can find the project here: Surveillance Camera

Raspberry Pi Projects: Navigation

 

Track away

With the surveillance camera project, you could know who is coming in, but how do you track your family? After all, there is a danger of them dropping by unannounced. With this next project, you could build a system that uses GPS over a raspberry pi to help you track targets. Now don’t go all Bond and start tracking every person you know. Everybody has a right to their privacy as well.

You can find the project here: Track away

Raspberry Pi Projects: Miscellaneous

Controlling a stepper motor

This next one is a simple project that only needs a Raspberry Pi, PiFace, Python, jumper wires, and a stepper motor. This project takes you through the schematics for controlling a stepper motor using a Raspberry pi board. Additionally, a comment mentions a different code for a separate project to work on it later.

You can find the project here: Controlling a stepper motor

Mirror-mirror on the wall

Who’s the fairest of them all. This next project from Michael Teeuw, might give you a reply if you were to ask. Michael got lost while shopping in New York only to realise a sign on a smart mirror. This project takes you through the components and lists out the details the procedure for building one as well. This is something you could build for yourself. You know your special lady always wanted her own Magic Mirror!

You can find the project here: Mirror-mirror on the wall


We covered some of the most interesting Raspberry Pi Project ideas in our article. If you find any project has been missed out, you can drop in a comment below. We always welcome interesting Raspberry Pi project ideas. You can send it in to us as well.

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