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.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Oracle’s new supercomputer is made from a cluster of 1,060 Raspberry Pi boards.

    Oracle Builds a Supercomputer with 1,060 Raspberry Pi Computers
    https://blog.hackster.io/oracle-builds-a-supercomputer-with-1-060-raspberry-pi-computers-6da1c3e2f8d9

    they built this Raspberry Pi cluster to gain some publicity for their new Oracle Autonomous Linux distribution. In this case, the Raspberry Pis are running Oracle Autonomous Linux and Java. Those are being network booted through an Oracle Supermicro 1U Xeon server.

    https://www.servethehome.com/oracle-shows-1060-raspberry-pi-supercomputer-at-oow/

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  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Sequent Microsystems has designed a Hardware Watchdog HAT that protects your Raspberry Pi from software freezes and even acts as a power manager.

    A Hardware Watchdog HAT and Power Manager for Your Raspberry Pi
    https://blog.hackster.io/a-hardware-watchdog-hat-and-power-manager-for-your-raspberry-pi-8b03d61528d1

    https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/279405789/hardware-watchdog-hat-and-power-manager-for-raspberry-pi

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  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    STEAM education startup Piper has released a new version of their Raspberry Pi-powered IDY computer, designed to teach kids about computer science, electronics and programming.

    The Piper Computer Kit 2 Is a DIY Computer for Kids
    https://blog.hackster.io/the-piper-computer-kit-2-is-a-diy-computer-for-kids-edce38920adc

    The Piper Computer Kit is designed around the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and allows kids to learn about computer science, electronics, and coding

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  4. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Bobble-Bot is a self-balancing robot designed specifically to help teach RTLinux and ROS running on a Raspberry Pi.

    Bobble-Bot Is a Balancing Robot Designed for Teaching ROS on a Raspberry Pi
    https://blog.hackster.io/bobble-bot-is-a-balancing-robot-designed-for-teaching-ros-on-a-raspberry-pi-1840bc62cd36

    https://hackaday.io/project/164992-bobble-bot

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  5. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A Briefcase Pentesting Rig For The Discerning Hacker
    https://hackaday.com/2019/07/03/a-briefcase-pentesting-rig-for-the-discerning-hacker/

    In the movies, the most-high tech stuff is always built into a briefcase. It doesn’t whether whether it’s some spy gear or the command and control system for a orbiting weapons platform; when an ordinary-looking briefcase is opened up and there’s an LCD display in the top half, you know things are about to get interesting. So is it any surprise that hackers in the real-world would emulate the classic trope?

    An all-in-one briefcase for pentesting, OSINT and radio exploration
    https://github.com/Sekhan/NightPi

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  6. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Spot Adulterated Olive Oil With This Spectrophotometer
    https://hackaday.com/2019/08/31/spot-adulterated-olive-oil-with-this-spectrophotometer/

    Olive oil at its finest quality is a product that brings alive the Mediterranean cuisine of which it is a staple. Unfortunately for many of us not fortunate enough to possess our own olive grove, commercial olive oils are frequently adulterated, diluted with cheaper oils such as canola. As consumers we have no way of knowing this, other than the taste being a bit less pronounced. Food standards agencies use spectrophotometers to check the purity of oils, and [Daniel James Evans] has created such a device using a Raspberry Pi.

    https://hackaday.io/project/167360-pi-spectrophotometer-tests-olive-oil

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  7. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Meet MutantC: Raspberry Pi Sidekick Complete With Sliding Screen, QWERTY
    https://hackaday.com/2019/09/30/meet-mutantc-your-raspberry-pi-sidekick/

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  8. Tomi Engdahl says:

    A Web API For Your Pi
    https://hackaday.com/2019/10/01/a-web-api-for-your-pi/

    There are many ways to attach a project to the Internet, and a plethora of Internet-based services that can handle talking to hardware. But probably the most ubiquitous of Internet protocols for the average Joe or Jane is the web browser, and one of the most accessible of programming environments lies within it. If only somebody with a bit of HTML and Javascript could reach a GPIO pin on their Raspberry Pi!

    If that’s your wish, then help could be at hand in the form of [Victor Ribeiro]’s RPiAPI. As its name suggests, it’s an API for your Raspberry Pi, and in particular it provides a simple web-accessible endpoint wrapper for the Pi’s GPIO library from which its expansion port pins can be accessed.

    RPiAPI
    https://hackaday.io/project/167837-rpiapi

    RPiAPI is a lightweight WSGI API built on top of the RPi GPIO library. It provides endpoints so you can interact with your Raspberry Pi

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  9. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Growth Monitor Pi Project Provides Plant Scientists with Affordable Remote Experiment Monitoring
    Based on a Raspberry Pi, the GMpi offers equivalent functionality to growth monitoring products costing up to $1 million.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/growth-monitor-pi-project-provides-plant-scientists-with-affordable-remote-experiment-monitoring-23cf20461a1b

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  10. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://create.arduino.cc/projecthub/MadhuGovindarajan/lane-following-rover-using-raspberry-pi-matlab-and-arduino-adad65

    Lane Following Rover Using Raspberry Pi, MATLAB and Arduino © MIT
    This project is an extension of the Arduino Engineering Kit Rover and is doing a lane following using Raspberry Pi.

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  11. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Kali Pi dropbox is a good build, I think a 4G connection would be cool too.

    [http://stuffjasondoes.com/2019/02/02/building-a-poe-powered-kali-pi-drop-box-with-reverse-shell-for-remote-hacking/](http://stuffjasondoes.com/2019/02/02/building-a-poe-powered-kali-pi-drop-box-with-reverse-shell-for-remote-hacking/)

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  12. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Install the Rhasspy offline voice assistant on your MATRIXCreator or Voice, through a simple Dockerimage: http://bit.ly/36vOy5S

    https://www.hackster.io/matrix-labs/rhasspy-voice-assistant-on-matrix-voice-and-matrix-creator-97f92e

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  13. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Portable station to perform WiFi network audits, using Raspberry Pi Zero W and Raspberry Pi 3
    https://hakin9.org/portable-hacking-station-rpi-using-raspberry-pi-zero-w-and-raspberry-pi-3/

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  14. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Ring a bell, wave a flag, light some LEDs! The Kinetic Courier is a Raspberry Pi-powered notification platform for IoT events: http://bit.ly/35QLpO3

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  15. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Wi-Fi Hacking Is Easy and Cheap With a Pi Zero W
    BY MATTHEW HUMPHRIES 30 DEC 2019, 12:45 P.M.
    Security developer mr.smashy explains how to create a mobile Wi-Fi hacking gadget using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, micro SD card, and a USB power bank.
    https://uk.pcmag.com/raspberry-pi-zero-w/124259/wi-fi-hacking-is-easy-and-cheap-with-a-pi-zero-w

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  16. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Protect Your Credit Card By Building a Skimmer Detector with a Raspberry Pi
    https://www.hackster.io/news/protect-your-credit-card-by-building-a-skimmer-detector-with-a-raspberry-pi-f670f94ffcb2

    Credit card skimmers are so effective because they’re very simple. Usually, they’re small modules that are connected to the magnetic stripe…

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  17. Tomi Engdahl says:

    https://github.com/kennu/zero-hid-gateway

    The zero-hid-gateway works on Raspberry Pi Zero. It acts as a virtual USB HID device and provides a REST API for emitting keypresses.

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  18. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Turn a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W Into a Serious WiFi Hacking Tool
    Mr.smashy has a guide explaining how to convert that Raspberry Pi Zero W into a WiFi hacking gadget by installing the right software.
    https://www.hackster.io/news/turn-a-10-raspberry-pi-zero-w-into-a-serious-wifi-hacking-tool-a0533b256bc9

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  19. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Turn a $10 Raspberry Pi Zero W Into a Serious WiFi Hacking Tool
    https://www.hackster.io/news/turn-a-10-raspberry-pi-zero-w-into-a-serious-wifi-hacking-tool-a0533b256bc9

    Mr.smashy has a guide explaining how to convert that Raspberry Pi Zero W into a WiFi hacking gadget by installing the right software.

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  20. Tomi Engdahl says:

    P4wnP1 A.L.O.A. by MaMe82 is a framework which turns a Rapsberry Pi Zero W into a flexible, low-cost platform for pentesting, red teaming and physical engagements … or into “A Little Offensive Appliance”.
    https://github.com/mame82/P4wnP1_aloa

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  21. Tomi Engdahl says:

    PWNAGOTCHI: DEEP REINFORCEMENT LEARNING FOR WIFI PWNING!
    https://pwnagotchi.ai/

    Pwnagotchi is an A2C-based “AI” powered by bettercap and running on a Raspberry Pi Zero W that learns from its surrounding WiFi environment in order to maximize the crackable WPA key material it captures

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  22. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Tired of losing vegetable crops to frequent summertime hail storms, Nick Rogness came up with an automated solution to protect them.

    https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/protect-your-veggies-from-hail-with-a-raspberry-pi-zero-w/

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  23. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The Road Ahead is an amazing piece of art by Chris Combs that uses 336-digit 7-segment LED displays: http://bit.ly/2Fd3ABN

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