We’ve shown you how to get started with the Raspberry Pi, the pocket-sized DIY dream computer. Here are 10 awesome projects you can put together in a weekend with it.
It’s Raspberry Pi Week at Lifehacker, and we’ll be showing you some awesome DIY projects you can put together with this miraculous device. If you haven’t acquired one yet, check out our introduction to the Pi to learn more about what it is, what you’ll need, and the cool stuff you can do with one such as setting up a personal VPN and turning it into an XBMC media center.
This past week, we walked you through some of the common projects people tackle with their Raspberry Pi, including:
- Install Raspbian and get started with Raspberry Pi DIY
- Build an XBMC-powered media centre
- Set up a personal VPN for secure browsing anywhere you go
- Create an AirPlay receiver and stereo companion
However, our guides are just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of people out there doing awesome stuff with the Pi, so we’ve rounded up 10 of the best projects you might want to consider below.
Build a Combination Pandora Jukebox and Airplay Receiver
how to build a Raspberry Pi Airplay Receiveradd a Pandora Jukebox to the mixShaun Gehringshares the code and steps
Build Your Own Raspberry Pi-Powered Computer
this previously mentionedhandheld Raspberry Pi-powered computerRaspberry Pi PC in a keyboardthey we’ve featured beforethis all-in-one Raspberry Pi PC mod
Build a Robot that Reads Audiobooks or Speaks Your Tweets Aloud
this one-button audiobook playerthis adorable wood bowlManuel, the Scottish Mooselook creepy while he does it
Set Up a Personal Web Server
someone would turn a Raspberry Pi into a tiny personal web serverWe covered itthe full guideautomated torrenting/streaming boxhand-crafted online resumeyour own personal landing page
Use a Raspberry Pi to Automate Time-Lapse Photos
beautiful videoa lot of money on a professional rigDIY Raspberry Pi-powered dollythe proof is in the results
Embed a Raspberry Pi into your DSLR for Wireless Tethering and USB Backups
previously mentionedembeds the tiny computer into a DSLR
Use Your Raspberry Pi as a Hacking Tool
Pwnie ExpressRaspberry Pwn
Roll a Raspberry Pi-Powered Personal Dropbox Clone
We discussed the projectthe full project
Build an Automatic DeviantArt Picture Frame
Raspberry Pi-powered DeviantArt picture frameArtGerm at DeviantArtWired
Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered MAME Arcade Table
Raspberry Pi arcade system
Want some more Raspberry Pi projects? We’ve covered quite a few already. Check out our Raspberry Pi tagpage for more projects to tackle.
Looking to get even more deeply involved in the Raspberry Pi community? Here are a few places to look for more useful information.
- Raspberry Pi Project
- Raspberry Pi Forums
- Raspberry Pi Wiki
- Adafruit’s Raspberry Pi Projects Page
- Element 14’s Raspberry Pi Resource Page
- The Raspberry Pi Education Manual (PDF)
- The Pi Store (Here’s how to get it built-in to Raspbian)
- The University of Cambridge Raspberry Pi Tutorials
- Unofficial Raspberry Pi Forums
These projects and resources are just the beginning. Remember, if there’s a job that a mini computer can automate, the Raspberry Pi is probably a good option. Use the tools we’ve given you so far this week, and you will be ready to tackle almost anything.