The possibilities for Raspberry Pi projects continue to perpetuate this Pi Day! The beloved single-board computer recently turned ten years old. To celebrate, we put together a list of recent Raspberry Pi tutorials written by members of the Opensource.com community.
10 Raspberry Pi projects for your home
The Raspberry Pi is ripe for DIY projects for the home. Why risk your data with a proprietary home automation tool when you can take full control with a $35 computer? Opensource.com authors have shared how they've built thermostats, monitored their home climate, set parental controls, and much more in the following tutorials.
- Build a home thermostat with a Raspberry Pi The ThermOS project is an answer to the many downsides of off-the-shelf smart thermostats.
- Monitor your home's temperature and humidity with Raspberry Pis and Prometheus Instrument a Prometheus application with Python on Raspberry Pis to collect temperature sensor data.
- Set up temperature sensors in your home with a Raspberry Pi Find out how hot your house is with a simple home Internet of Things project.
- Build a router with mobile connectivity using Raspberry Pi Use OpenWRT to get more control over your network's router.
- Troubleshoot WiFi problems with Go and a Raspberry Pi Build a WiFi scanner for fun.
- Set up network parental controls on a Raspberry Pi With minimal investment of time and money, you can keep your kids safe online.
- Monitor your greenhouse with CircuitPython and open source tools Keep track of your greenhouse's temperature, humidity, and ambient light using a microcontroller, sensors, Python, and MQTT.
- Collect sensor data with your Raspberry Pi and open source tools Learning more about what is going on in your home is not just useful; it's fun!
- Measure your Internet of Things with Raspberry Pi and open source tools Setting up an environment-monitoring system demonstrates how to use open source tools to keep tabs on temperature, humidity, and more.
- Track your family calendar with a Raspberry Pi and a low-power display Help everyone keep up with your family's schedule using open source tools and an E Ink display.
5 Raspberry Pi projects for productivity
You can be productive without a ton of fancy tools. Whether you want to host your personal blog or start crypto trading with a reduced carbon footprint, the Raspberry Pi has you covered.
- Host your website with dynamic content and a database on a Raspberry Pi You can use free software to support a web application on a very lightweight computer.
- Use your Raspberry Pi as a productivity powerhouse The Raspberry Pi has come a long way from being primarily for hacking and hobbyists to a solid choice for a small productive workstation.
- Run your blog on a Raspberry Pi I set up a Raspberry Pi to act as a web server to host my personal blog on Drupal.
- Use your Raspberry Pi as a data logger Here's how to log the CPU temperature of a Raspberry Pi and create a spreadsheet-based report on demand.
- Convert your Raspberry Pi into a trading bot with Pythonic Reduce your power consumption by setting up your cryptocurrency trading bot on a Raspberry Pi.
7 Raspberry Pi projects just for fun!
The Raspberry Pi is probably most famous for its serious use case of fun! The Pi offers lots of options for tinkering with Linux, learning about computers, or celebrating your favorite holiday.
- Create a countdown clock with a Raspberry Pi Start counting down the days to your next holiday with a Raspberry Pi and an ePaper display.
- Track aircraft with a Raspberry Pi Explore the open skies with a Raspberry Pi, an inexpensive radio, and open source software.
- Control your Raspberry Pi remotely with your smartphone Control the GPIOs of your Raspberry Pi remotely with your smartphone.
- Build a programmable light display on Raspberry Pi Celebrate the holidays or any special occasion with a DIY light display using a Raspberry Pi, Python, and programmable LED lights.
- Make an automated Jack-o'-lantern with a Raspberry Pi Here's my recipe for the perfect pumpkin Pi.
- Cast your Android device with a Raspberry Pi Use Scrcpy to turn your phone screen into an app running alongside your applications on a Raspberry Pi or any other Linux-based device.
- Learn everything about computers with this Raspberry Pi kit The CrowPi is an amazing Raspberry Pi project system housed in a laptop-like body.
Go ahead and mark your calendar for trying out a few of these creative Raspberry Pi projects this year.