Cool uses for the Raspberry Pi

Hackers are buzzing with ideas from Pi-powered arcade machines and drones to the home automation and low-cost tablets. 10 coolest uses for the Raspberry Pi article tells that TechRepublic has delved into the Raspbery Pi’s developer forums, and here’s our round-up of the best ideas so far, ranging from the eminently achievable to the massively ambitious. You can use your Raspberry Pi for example as media streamer, arcade machine, tablet computer, robot controller and home automation controller. Rasberry Pi homepage offers also some more interesting projects like Retro games and a retro joystick.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi prodigy can’t get funding for asthma-warning device because he’s 11

    When he was nine years old he invented AsthmaPi – a tool that detects asthma triggers, based on a platform using the Raspberry Pi – and now that he’s got a couple more years under his belt he’s invented a tool for dementia, and an education tool to teach children about food waste and sustainability.

    His work on AsthmaPi won him the BT Young Pioneer award at Tech4Good 2016, but things haven’t all been smooth sailing for the impressive youngster; he is apparently hitting a fairly significant hurdle in getting funding because of his age.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Block ads on your network with Raspberry Pi and pi-hole

    Hate seeing ads while browsing the web? Check out this tutorial on setting up pi-hole.

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi Soft Power Controller

    AVR-based power controller to power on and shut down a Raspberry Pi (properly)

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi Twitch-O-Matic

    Use a Raspberry Pi to stream almost any game to Twitch with the push of a button!

    I stumbled across this amazing HDMI to CSI-2 adapter by Auvidea. Since HD video requires too much bandwidth to transfer through the Raspberry PI’s USB 2.0 offerings, it uses the CSI-2 camera interface instead to capture any video from an HDMI source

    The Auvidea website offers several different HDMI to CSI-2 bridges, but there are only two that you’d be interested in if you’re wanting to do what this project does:

    B101 – Intended for Raspberry Pi 3 series – $86
    B102 – Intended for Raspberry Pi Zero series -$98
    And here’s a link to their technical reference manual. Are they expensive? yes. But HD streaming video capture cards are more expensive. All you have to do is connect it to the CSI-2 camera port on the Raspberry Pi.

    Both versions support HDMI audio, but the audio is split out to the GPIO pins.

    To connect the adapter, you basically just use it like you would a Raspberry Pi Camera board. The simplest way to test it out is by connecting an HDMI source and then using Raspivid to capture 10 seconds of video.

    The idea is to have a box with a button on top that when you press it, it immediately starts streaming to Twitch. I decided to go with a 16mm light up latching switch from Adafruit.


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