NewsCO.com.au–12 DIY Raspberry Pi Projects That Are Worth Building

November 15, 2017

There’s no end to the purposes you can put a Raspberry Pi to. Here are 12 of our favourite DIY projects for the popular and tiny computer.

If you’ve got a few spare weekends up your sleeve, tackling these 12 fun projects is a great way to spend them. If you don’t own a Raspberry Pi and are keen to buy a kit, head to the bottom of the article for a link to the online store.

Using a Raspberry Pi to power a weather station is one of the most popular projects out there, but Make tossed in a few extra details, including a handy display that shows how the weather’s changed.

We’ve seen a Raspberry Pi used as a dash cam before, but over on PubNub they took the same concept, but also have a live-streaming capability provided you can set up a hot spot on your smartphone.

You’ve got to temper your expectations here. Or to put it another way, you’re not going to be building a Samsung Galaxy S6 out of your Pi. But it can be done if you’re keen.

Samplers are an awesome way to have millions of different sounds at your fingertips. If you want to build your own, SamplerBox is a project that just requires a Raspberry Pi and a little free time.

You can purchase a smart lock that you control with your phone easily enough, but it’s much more fun to actually make one yourself. YouTubers Hacker House make one with a Raspberry Pi.

OK, not quite a GoPro. It’s a trademark, for starters. But it is feasible to use a Raspberry Pi as the brains of your very own action camera.

If you’re looking for an interesting project to work on this weekend, you can turn a Raspberry Pi into a device that will drop Wi-Fi controlled drones right out of the sky with just a tap of your finger.

Network problems getting you down? A Raspberry Pi can make a great network analysis machine.

Digital photo frames are great, but when you’re using one to display a slideshow, it tends to look terrible when it displays photos in the opposite orientation of how you have it set up. Over on Hackaday, Tim made a frame that automatically rotates to show the best picture.

We’ve previously shown you how to use a Raspberry Pi as both a Tor proxy and a personal VPN. Here’s how to do both in one unit for truly anonymous browsing everywhere.

A camera that only shoots GIFs might sound a little ridiculous, and it is, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun use for a Raspberry Pi Zero.

The idea of a machine that talks to you intelligently might be a ways off still, but Instructables user MisterM wanted to make a radio that would announce general details throughout the day. To do this, he wired up a Raspberry Pi Zero to a text-to-speech engine, then tossed in a dose of If This Then That.


Don’t have a Raspberry Pi? You can buy the Raspberry Pi 3 in Australia from RS Components. Click here for details.

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