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:

    Rhaspberry Pi4 – Basic watering system for balcony

    Using NodeRED to set up basic automated watering of my plants on the balcony. Pump controls via a BLE moisture sensor. Powered by POE.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Raspberry Pi GPIO Status LED Terminal Block Breakout Board HAT Test Expansion Board for Raspberry Pi 4B 3B+ 3B 3A+

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Raspberry Pi-powered Bird Sweeper safely and humanely chases nuisance birds away from outdoor spaces where they are causing problems.

    A Flockbuster Idea

    The Raspberry Pi-powered Bird Sweeper safely and humanely chases nuisance birds away from outdoor spaces where they are causing problems.

  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Google has announced the launch of MediaPipe for Raspberry Pi, offering a Python-based SDK for ML tasks complete with examples for audio classification, text classification, gesture recognition, and more.

    Google Launches MediaPipe for Raspberry Pi, Offering a Python SDK for Simplified On-Device ML

    Examples include on-device audio, text, and image classification, object detection, gesture recognition, and facial landmarking.

  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Logic Analyzers: Tapping Into Raspberry Pi Secrets

    I’m using a $10 logic analyzer you can get off Aliexpress or Amazon, a laptop, and a Raspberry Pi with an SD card and a power supply.

  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sailor Hat Adds Graceful Shutdown To Pis

    Even though Windows and other operating systems constantly remind us to properly eject storage devices before removing them, plenty of people won’t heed those warnings until they finally corrupt a drive and cause all kinds of data loss and other catastrophes. It’s not just USB jump drives that can get corrupted, though. Any storage medium can become unusable if certain actions are being taken when the power is suddenly removed. That includes the SD cards on Raspberry Pis, too, and if your power isn’t reliable you might consider this hat to ensure they shut down properly during power losses.

    The Raspberry Pi hat is centered around a series of supercapacitors which provide power for the Pi temporarily. The hat also communicates with the Pi to let it know there is a loss of power, so that the Pi can automatically shut itself down in that situation to prevent corrupting the memory card. The hat is more than just a set of backup capacitors, though. The device is capable of taking input power from a wide range of sources and filtering it for the power requirements of the Pi

  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    SDR dock 1.0

    Raspberry pi based open source device with SDR and easy to use controls for exploring RF signals and data.


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