Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

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Best Rasperry Pi 2024.

With May in full swing, it's time to take a look at some really cool Raspberry Pi projects for a little summertime tinkering inspiration. These makers have created some seriously unique projects using all sorts of Pi models like the itty bitty RP2040 microprocessor all the way up to the latest Raspberry Pi 5.

We're sure to share all of the juicy details along the way so you know exactly what Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs made the final design possible in these projects. We're huge fans of open source technology and love any opportunity to share what we learn along the way—so plug in your soldering iron and get out the protoboards, these are the best Raspberry Pi projects we've had the honor of featuring over the past month.

Raspberry Pi RP2040 Wireless LED Scoreboard

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

All sorts of games require score keeping and if you've got games to keep tally of, this Raspberry Pi RP2040 wireless LED scoreboard is just the project for the job. It uses an RP2040 microprocessor and features a custom made control panel along with a wireless remote for an input device.

Why we love it:

This maker went above and beyond to take something that you could probably do by hand with a pen and paper but with the added fun of building a microelectronics project. This scoreboard project looks just as fun to build as it is to use.

Read: Raspberry Pi RP2040 Wireless LED Scoreboard

Raspberry Pi AI Robots Motivate Runners by Shouting Messages

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Finding the motivation to work out is hard but what if you had a little robot that would cheer you on? That's exactly what maker and developer Sir Walter Richardson has done with this AI-powered motivation robot.

Why we love it:

It's awesome to have a little extra encouragement while you're pushing through a tough challenge. However, in a hilarious twist, this project will also sling demotivational shade to anyone who passes by with a bit too much confidence.

Read: Raspberry Pi AI Robots Motivate Runners by Shouting Message

Raspberry Pi 4 Knight Rider ChatGPT KITT

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Recreating scifi props might as well be its own category of microelectronics projects. Makers sure know how to take it to the next level when it comes to bringing scifi tech to life like the masterminds over at Knight Rider Historians who built their own talking KITT. This prop was built using a Raspberry Pi and ChatGPT.

Why we love it:

This project is really cool whether you're a fan of Knight Rider or not. The animated LEDs and interactive ChatGPT features make for an exciting experience. This project is one engine away from becoming a full-sized KITT replica.

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Raspberry Pi Pico Dicemaster 2000

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Every now and then, we come across projects that help make life a little bit easier. In this project, developer Hiro has created a dice roller for his visually impaired friend called the Dicemaster 2000. It's designed with controls that are easy to feel and uses audio output for feedback.

Why we love it:

Pi-powered dice rollers are really cool, but this one takes it a step further by adding a level of accessibility for Hiro's friend. It's a thoughtful project with end results that look great and fun to play with during late night tabletop sessions.

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Raspberry Pi RP2040 LED Wristwatch

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

This RP2040-powered wristwatch was created by Kim Paulsson. Like any other watch, it tells the time but Paulsson decided to forgo your traditional hands or modern digital screen and opted for a more…microelectronics enthusiast approach. It features a ring of LEDs that are used to represent the current hour, minute and second.

Why we love it:

This watch is really cool! We haven't seen anything like it before and throwing in our favorite microprocessor is just icing on the Pi. The exposed PCB looks great—especially with the black finish and white text.

Read: Raspberry Pi RP2040 LED Wristwatch

Raspberry Pi Brings GitHub's Octocat to Life

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Anyone familiar with GitHub has no doubt come across their wiggly mascot Octocat. Infineon decided to take it upon themselves to bring Octocat to life with wiggling tentacles that use a Raspberry Pi-powered hydraulic system.

Why we love it:

It's amazing how much engineering goes into such a fun and silly project. The tentacle molds were 3D-printed, silicone makes them wiggle and the head is finished with a nice 3D-printed design.

Read: Raspberry Pi Brings GitHub's Octocat to Life

Raspberry Pi Pico Gundam LED Light Show

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

If you're a fan of Gundam, you've got to check out this awesome LED light show project put together by a maker known as Rob. Sure, sprucing up your favorite Gundam with LEDs is cool and all but what if you could control them? That's exactly what this Pico-powered panel does, bringing the figure to life in a dazzling display.

Why we love it:

It's cool to see someone take a fun idea to such an extreme. Controlling the LEDs with light effects is awesome enough but the design of the panel used to operate the system looks fantastic and deserves the praise it gets.

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Raspberry Pi Etch A Sketch Bot

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Drawing on an Etch A Sketch is hard and it would be much easier to use Micah Tilton's Raspberry Pi-powered Etch A Sketch bot. This project takes existing images and converts them into files that the Pi can use to recreate on an Etch A Sketch using the original controls with the help of a couple of servo motors.

Why we love it:

Is it even up for debate that using an Etch A Sketch is hard? You've got to figure out how to not only create your image with one line but also using two knobs. Now take that concept and make a robot do it for you—that's why we're impressed.

Read: Raspberry Pi Etch A Sketch Bot

Raspberry Pi Sign Language Translator Glasses

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Bridging communication gaps is what the Raspberry Pi does best. Whether you're using an adapter to help two modules talk to each other or in this case, Nekhil has created a pair of sign language translation glasses and turn the signs into speech using AI.

Why we love it:

This project is a really fun idea that can help make it easier to interact with people who experience hearing impairment or otherwise know ASL. At the moment, the glasses only translate letters but enough time building the right model would allow you to introduce words and phrases, as well.

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Raspberry Pi AI Storybook

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Thomas Valadez has created a truly unique project with an air of beauty about it that we just haven't seen before. This Pi-powered storybook uses AI to generate both the story and the images to go along with it based on whatever text it generated in the story.

Why we love it:

You never know what you're going to get when it comes to AI so it's safe to say some of the stories and images will be a bit odd. However, it's still incredible to see the potential of modern AI put on full display in a cool project like this.

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How to Manage Applications on Your Raspberry Pi With Pi-Apps

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: May 2024

Managing apps on your Raspberry Pi just got easier thanks to Pi-Apps! In this guide, Les shows us how to set it up and use it so you can make the most out of your experience when using the official Raspberry Pi OS.

Read: How to Manage Applications on Your Raspberry Pi With Pi-Apps

With spring in full swing, it's time to take a look at some of the coolest Raspberry Pi projects that have bloomed over the last month. As usual, we've got an assortment of creations ranging from RP2040-based projects to ones that use the latest board, the Raspberry Pi 5. There's plenty to inspire makers of all walks whether you're an amateur or a well-seasoned microelectronics expert.

These makers and developers pull out the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs around to make their ideas possible. When they share all the juicy details about what components they're using and what libraries they've installed, we'll be sure to relay it to you with links to the source material. We've also got some guides put together by the staff here at Tom's Hardware so you can easily follow along with us at home.

Raspberry Pi 5 Cat TV

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

Nothing beats the chance to unwind and relax in front of the TV after a long day. No one knows that better than maker and developer Becky Stern who decided to share the experience with her beloved cats by creating a Raspberry Pi cat TV. This TV uses the latest Pi model, the Raspberry Pi 5.

Why we love it:

This might not be an overly complex project but the use case is what shines here. The TV automatically loads up cat videos from YouTube that show footage of things like birds and squirrels. It's a very generous project that makes for some seriously spoiled cats and we love that.

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Raspberry Pi Hat Camera

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

Some Raspberry Pi projects aren't just portable, they're wearable, like this Raspberry Pi hat camera put together by Jacob David C Cunningham. This device has everything it needs to operate on the go including a battery and clip that makes it easy to attach to the brim of your hat.

Why we love it:

Making Raspberry Pi projects portable is always tricky. It can be difficult to figure out how much power you need and how heavy the battery can be depending on the use case. This is a great example of a finished product that's as fun to build as it is useful.

Read: Raspberry Pi Hat Camera

Raspberry Pi Pico StoRPer Modular DIY Robot Rover

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

If there's one thing the Raspberry Pi Pico is good for, it's tiny RC cars. This one, created by maker and developer Jo Hinchliffe, is known as StoRPer. It's designed to be modular and has omnidirectional wheels for easy steering.

Why we love it:

We love seeing the Pico used with custom PCBs so it should come as no surprise that we enjoyed seeing it here. The StoRPer is a neat little car and the omnidirectional wheels are just icing on the cake.

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Vela AI Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 Smart Bikes

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

After thriving in the tech market over the last decade, it's not uncommon to find a Pi used in a commercial product now and then. In this case, Velo AI has unveiled their line of Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 smart bikes.

Why we love it:

The bikes use AI to help the driver anticipate traffic from behind which can ideally make a safer experience for the rider. While it's plenty impressive to see proof of concepts for Raspberry Pi AI projects, it's just as cool to see the technology implemented in a buyable product.

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Raspberry Pi Pico W Atari 2600 Bluetooth Controller Support

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

Sometimes the best way to get a good retro gaming experience is to use the right controller. Instead of trying to use a retro controller on an emulator, make Reogen is switching things up by creating a Raspberry Pi Pico-powered adapter for the Atari 2600 that enables bluetooth controller support.

Why we love it:

This is one of those projects we never really considered until we saw it for ourselves. It's an extremely niche use case but a beautiful example of how the Pico can serve as a bridge for modern and classic hardware.

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Raspberry Pi Pico 'Back to the Future' Time Circuits Replica

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

Fans can go to some serious extremes to create realistic props from their favorite movies. Maker and developer Traveling_fred is on that list as he shows off his 'Back to the Future' time circuits replica kit, powered by our favorite microcontroller—the Raspberry Pi Pico.

Why we love it:

This is a really unique kit that pays homage to the classic 'Back to the Future' sci fi franchise. The final build is really neat in itself but the kit also looks really fun to put together. What you would do with the end product and when is up to you.

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Raspberry Pi Precision Movement Stage

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

Some projects are driven by some really specific needs. In this case, YouTuber and maker Robert Elder needed a way to smoothly rotate microchips while filming close up shots for his channel. The end result is this cool Pi-powered precision movement stage.

Why we love it:

This project shows how you don't need to buy expensive tools when a bit of ingenuity and effort will do just as good. According to Elder, this is still a work in progress but we're excited about it even still in its current state.

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DIY Raspberry Pi All Sky Camera

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

Got your eyes on the sky? So does maker Frank Prins with this custom Raspberry Pi all sky camera. It's aimed at the sky way up north within the Arctic Circle and captures images of the northern lights.

Why we love it:

Spotting a Pi in a professional setting is one thing but seeing one use in the name of science is another. We love the unique opportunity Prins has to not only capture images of the northern lights with a Pi but also share them with us.

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Raspberry Pi Pico RP2040 Inside Custom Virtual Pinball Machine

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

You don't need quarters to play this machine. Dewijngaert created this virtual pinball machine and while a Pi isn't being used as the main board, you will find an RP2040 microcontroller handling the button input.

Why we love it:

This is a project not just for fans of retro gaming in general but serious pinball enthusiasts. It's clear Dewijngaert went all out with this design to make sure the playing experience was top notch and true to classic, full-sized pinball machines.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico RP2040 Inside Custom Virtual Pinball Machine

Raspberry Pi Pico Turned Into a Working GPU

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

Graphics cards can be expensive and hard to get ahold of, wouldn't it be easier if you could make your own with a $4 Raspberry Pi Pico? That's exactly what the team did over at Element14. Sure, it can't hold a candle for your latest RTX 4000 series GPU but it's not supposed to. This Pico graphics card is intended to work with small SBCs.

Why we love it:

This project is just crazy awesome from head to toe. We love everything from the concept to the final design. Is it practical? Sort of. Is it cool? Extremely. It's projects like these that raise the bar and make you say, "Why not?"

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Turned Into a Working GPU

Tom's Hardware Projects

As always, it's hard not to feel inspired after covering all sorts of Pi projects all month long. We also like to tinker on the Pi and document the process as we go so you can follow along at home with a detailed guide.

How to Overclock the Raspberry Pi 5 Beyond 3 GHz

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: April 2024

In this guide, Les shows us how you can take the Pi 5 to new limits by overclocking it past 3GHz. If you aren't sure how to go about overclocking, this is a great place to start as Les covers everything you need each step of the way.

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At the end of a rainbow, surely the pot of gold is actually just a pot full of Raspberry Pis. Or rather, that's what we'd like to find. It's not a secret that we here at Tom's Hardware are huge fans of the Pi and all of the amazing projects put together by the community. We feature Pi projects all week long and today we're taking a look at some of the best projects we've featured over the past month.

These makers use some of the latest boards, like the Raspberry Pi 5, as well as the best Raspberry Pi accessories and the best Raspberry Pi HATs to bring their ideas to fruition. We've got tons of cool projects to share that will inspire your inner maker and even a few guides we put together so you can follow along at home.

Raspberry Pi Smart Fridge

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

Building a smart home is as easy as Pi! Just take a look at this cool Raspberry Pi smart fridge put together by Mimobeano. Using a Pi as the main controller, this device takes pictures of the refrigerator contents and uses AI to see what's in stock. Mimobeano can not only see what's in the fridge by sending a message to a custom Telegram bot but also request recipes based on what's available.

Why we love it:

We love any excuse to whip up a DIY project and this one provides a neat way to interact with your kitchen. Putting the project together looks just as fun as having one more smart home device.

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3D Printed Raspberry Pi 5 NAS

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

An NAS setup can be really useful for a variety of applications—especially those looking to stream their own media at home. This 3D printed Raspberry Pi 5 NAS put together by 3D Printz provides support for the Raspberry Pi 5 as well as a few other Pi models. With all of the hardware together in the final build, it has convenient port access on the side and an OLED screen for displaying stats.

Why we love it:

We don't need to sell you on why it's useful to have an NAS on hand, but we will encourage you to consider making your own. It's awesome enough to see support for the Raspberry Pi 5, in this case, but it was really kind of 3D Printz to share files for other Pi models, as well.

Read: 3D printed Raspberry Pi 5 NAS

Raspberry Pi RP2040 in Super Tiny Unofficial Game Boy

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

Big things sometimes come in small packages and this project is a great example of just that. We spotted our favorite microprocessor, the RP20040 on the PCB used in this Super Tiny Unofficial Game Boy. Elliot Coll found it over at AliExpress and showed it off over at YouTube.

Why we love it:

We're absolute suckers for retro gaming stuff and this super small Game Boy was cool enough on its own. But once we saw the Raspberry Pi inside, we knew we had to share it. Although this was a one off product run and we can't find more, it's a wonderful build and we hope to see RP2040s integrated into more devices.

Read: Raspberry Pi RP2040 in Super Tiny Unofficial Game Boy

Raspberry Pi Voice Driven AI Art Generator

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

It's easier than ever to play with generative AI tools. There are so many options at your fingertips that you can use to implement open source AI systems into your projects. A great example comes from maker and developer DevMiser who's using one to drive this AI Art Generator TV project. Just say the prompt you want to create out loud and it will use speed to text to process the request and generate a picture for you.

Why we love it:

It's cool to see more AI-based projects and this one is really neat. It's a fun proof of concept but you could set something like this up in your living room to entertain guests. It's a good idea and well executed project.

Read: Raspberry Pi Voice Driven AI Art Generator

Raspberry Pi VHS Composite Video Player

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

This project, created by Alan Boris, takes the beauty of vintage tech and showcases it in a useful end product. This is a Raspberry Pi Composite Video Player and it's housed inside of an old VHS tape.

Why we love it:

Boris went above and beyond with this project design. Not only is it housed inside of an old VHS tape, he threw in a servo to rotate like the original tape reel used to while playing a tape. The other side has a handy display for menu functions. It's an incredible idea and the end result is top notch.

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Raspberry Pi Bluetooth Jammer

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

We've all been there before. You're comfortable, it's a cozy atmosphere, and suddenly your neighbors interrupt with some noisy audio. In this case, maker and developer Roni Bandini was dealing with excessive music and decided to jam any nearby bluetooth speakers by using a Pi to listen for it using AI. The end result is this legally questionable Raspberry Pi Bluetooth Jammer.

Why we love it:

This project definitely isn't for everyone but you don't have to make it yourself to appreciate the ingenuity behind its design. Some of the most interesting projects are born out of necessity—or in this case, neighborly warfare.

Read: Raspberry Pi Bluetooth Jammer

Raspberry Pi Volumetric Display

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

We guarantee you've never seen a project quite like this one before. This Raspberry Pi Volumetric Display uses a Pi to drive a motor that spins a couple of matrix panels around. The end result is a 3D object you can look at from different angles.

Why we love it:

This is an amazing idea and the final design, especially with the glass covering, looks incredible. We've never seen a project quite like this one before and it's neat to see not just one but two great examples of it in action.

Read: Raspberry Pi Volumetric Display

Tom's Hardware Projects

It's hard not to get inspired after combing through so many amazing creations from the maker community. Here are a few Raspberry Pi tutorials put together by the staff here at Tom's Hardware that you can follow along with at home.

How to Control your Raspberry Pi Camera using a web UI

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

If you've ever wanted to use a web-based UI to operate a camera using a Raspberry Pi, now's your chance to see exactly how it's done. You could incorporate this into a multitude of projects, so think of it more like a building block you can use for a bigger project design. Les walks us through everything we need to do to put this setup together.

Read: How to Control your Raspberry Pi Camera using a web UI

How to turbo-charge your Raspberry Pi 5 with an NVMe boot drive

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: March 2024

Your Raspberry Pi 5 has PCIe support, so why not take full advantage of that? In this guide, Les walks us through what you need to do to turbo-charge your Pi 5 using an NVMe boot drive. Some extra hardware will be needed to use an SSD with the Pi 5.

Read: How to turbo-charge your Raspberry Pi 5 with an NVMe boot drive

Raspberries are red, some PCBs are blue, Raspberry Pi is our favorite and Arduino is cool, too. February has snuck up on us and it's time again for us to share some really cool Pi projects that we absolutely love. We've got everything from the latest board, the Raspberry Pi 5, to custom boards that use the RP2040 microprocessor.

These makers use some of the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs around to bring their projects to life. We'll be sure to share all of the details as we go along, just follow the link to check out the original article for a closer look at each project.

Raspberry Pi Pico Digital Audio Looper

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

The Raspberry Pi is a great choice for musicians looking to create a digital instrument of their own, or in this case, college students completing a project for the semester final. This Raspberry Pi Pico digital audio looper lets you record audio and play it back with special effects or in a loop for real-time concerts.

Why we love it:

This project is super useful for musicians and makers alike that are itching for a fun project to recreate at home. It shows that a little ingenuity not only nets you a cool final product but also can help you get a passing grade in school.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Digital Audio Looper

Raspberry Pi Tiny Retro TV

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

It's amazing what makers can cram a Raspberry Pi into. As the boards get smaller, so do the design concepts like this Raspberry Pi tiny retro TV put together by Fantasticmrdavid. It resembles an old Toshiba TV and lets you watch videos and emulate any retro console you like thanks to RetroPie.

Why we love it:

We've always had a soft spot for retro gaming with a Pi but we know that having hardware look the part really completes the nostalgic experience. It took a lot of work to design and print this case. Plus, it was really cool of Fantasticmrdavid to share it with everyone else online.

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Raspberry Pi Mini Desktop DOS PC

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

Like we said before, tiny projects are cool! And it just so happens that this one is also designed by Fantasticmrdavid. Instead of resembling an old TV, this Pi fits inside of a mini desktop DOS PC. It looks like an old school desktop complete with a monitor and everything.

Why we love it:

There are multiple bases available to print for different Pi models and you also have the option of using the floppy drive port as a microSD card slot. The design for this is just off the charts cool and open to so many makers to modify and play with at home.

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Raspberry Pi Dual Monitor Mini PC

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

Tiny retro PCs are cool and all but this Raspberry Pi dual monitor mini PC is a bit more modern. It sports flashy RGB LEDs and shows off the hardware inside the case with clear side panels. If that weren't enough, it has two separate monitors to use for dual monitor action!

Why we love it:

This little PC looks great and the dual monitor support puts it over the top! If you're looking to make a small usable desktop of your own, you might as well go all out in style and this is definitely the way to do it.

Read: Raspberry Pi Dual Monitor Mini PC

Maker Gives Raspberry Pi Pico Ethernet over USB Support

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

Some makers really like to push boards to their limits and this project is a shining example of just that. This maker has managed to get Ethernet over USB support on the Pico. It requires a custom cable that Alan put together just to pull off this project that splits the USB port into Ethernet and USB.

Why we love it:

If you don't have a specialized board on hand, this project shows that you can just make your own. It's already super impressive as an idea but it's even more awesome to see it work successfully.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Ethernet over USB Support

Raspberry Pi RP2040 Magnetic Macropad

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

We're definitely suckers for Pi-powered macropads and couldn't help but share this Raspberry Pi RP2040 magnetic macropad when we came across it. Made by maker Salim Benbouziyane, it features magnetic add ons that you can snap into place and remove as needed.

Why we love it:

This project is the epitome of customization! It looks gorgeous and makes for a very exciting user experience, even if it is a bit delicate. There are so many options when it comes to adding your own modules that it makes this project stand out in both concept and execution.

Read: Raspberry Pi RP2040 Magnetic Macropad

Raspberry Pi ReBoi Game Boy Color Drop-in Kit

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

We've covered a few cool Pi-powered drop-in kits for a variety of handhelds over the years and knew immediately that this one was too cool to not to share. Dubbed the Raspberry Pi ReBoi, this PCB is designed to fit inside of an original (or reproduction) Game Boy Color.

Why we love it:

You don't need to modify any original hardware to use this kit. If you'd rather leave your Game Boy Color untouched, you can easily buy aftermarket parts to complete the custom build. This project also includes a backlit LCD screen that replaces the original.

Read: Raspberry Pi ReBoi Game Boy Color Drop-in Kit

Raspberry Pi Pico Marble Clock

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

The idea to create a Pi-powered clock isn't exactly new, but maker and developer C Forde definitely put a new spin on the concept by creating this awesome Raspberry Pi Pico marble clock. Marbles are rotated up the spires to indicate the current time and held in place with a few magnets.

Why we love it:

This is one of the most unique clocks we've ever seen, hands down. It encompasses quite a few areas of technology ranging from 3D printing to programming microelectronics. The end result looks fascinating and works like a charm.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Marble Clock

Raspberry Pi Pico Smartwatch

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

Wearable Pi-powered tech is always fashionable in our book. This Raspberry Pi Pico smartwatch is RP2040-powered and features a custom-made open source interface. It connects to nearby devices using Bluetooth and can manage things like calls, notifications, media and more.

Why we love it:

It's cool to see the Pico used in something that's not only useful but can be easily taken on the go. The round LCD and 3D-printed housing is icing on the cake. It's portable, functional, and open source. What's not to love?

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Smartwatch

Raspberry Pi RP2040 ThinkPad Nubbin Light Dimmer

Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024
Best Raspberry Pi Projects: February 2024

ThinkPad owners are known to be passionate about the Track Point but this is the first time we've seen one used as a light switch dimmer. This Raspberry Pi RP2040 ThinkPad nubbin light switch dimmer works by touch input or via web browser from a smartphone.

Why we love it:

This is one of the most hilarious implementations of a Track Point we've ever seen. We're just glad it had a Raspberry Pi working behind the scenes so we could feature it in our list. This project makes us wonder what other use cases could be improved with a ThinkPad Track Point for input…

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It’s no secret that we here at Tom’s Hardware love the Raspberry Pi and everything else that comes with it. From the official boards made by Raspberry Pi like the newly released Raspberry Pi 5 and third-party creations that use the RP2040 chip, if it’s got a Pi in it, we want to check it out. We cover Pi projects made by the maker community all year round and once a month we like to round up the most exciting projects to catch our attention, and this month is no different.

We’ve got some really cool projects to share with you that range from simple constructions to seriously complex designs. As always, these makers use the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs to bring their projects to life. We’ll be sure to gather all the details you want to know about what goes into these projects and how they work so you can either make it yourself at home or just ogle at the amazing work put forth by the maker community.

Raspberry Pi 5 FrankenPi 5

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

While everyone was busy waiting for news about the Raspberry Pi 5, the social media team over at the Raspberry Pi Foundation was hard at work trying to meet everyone’s demands. This Raspberry Pi 5 Social Media Edition PCB has everything you need including common Python libraries, all of the USB support you’ll ever need and even a bat signal.

Why we love it:

Like we said in the intro paragraph, we’re suckers for official Raspberry Pi hardware. If you see this board and don’t get tickled inside—we don’t know what to tell you. Clearly the team had all of us in the Pi community in mind when putting together this amazing board.

Read: Raspberry Pi 5 Social Media Edition

Raspberry Pi Zero W Animatronic Fox Companion

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

This animatronic fox head is made using a Raspberry Pi Zero W. It controls servos to wiggle the ear and tilt the head to either side. Some LCD screens are used to animate the eyes. All of the hardware is mounted inside the head which is comprised of a custom 3D printed frame.

Why we love it:

If we could give the late Jim Henson a Raspberry Pi, surely he’d put together something neat like this. It’s one thing to make a virtual assistant but building a fuzzy buddy from scratch like this takes the idea to a whole new level.

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Raspberry Pi Cinewhoop Drone

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

There’s a lot of overlap in the technology behind drones and microelectronics. It should come as no surprise that we came across this cool Raspberry Pi Cinewhoop Drone project put together by Artur Pękosz. It can record video while in flight and also relay it remotely to the operator using FPV goggles.

Why we love it:

It’s always refreshing to be reminded that so many things we take for granted and buy pre-made can be built from scratch. This is a well done example of how the Pi can be used to operate a drone and handle FPV hardware support.

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Raspberry Pi Debuggy Ducky

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

Coding can be tricky even for the most experienced. That’s why you need a Raspberry Pi Debuggy Ducky. It uses ChatGPT to help troubleshoot your code using speech to text and text to speech to process the interaction. Unfortunately, he’s not waterproof so no coding in the bathtub.

Why we love it:

This is a very clever project idea and the end result looks adorable. It’s hard to go wrong with a friendly companion like the classic rubber ducky when looking for a home for your ChatGPT virtual assistant.

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Raspberry Pi ZeroWriter eInk Typewriter

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

While most everyone else has a smartphone on hand to take notes, Tincangames has created something a bit different to take on the go. This custom word processor is known as the Raspberry Pi ZeroWriter. It’s a typewriter with a keyboard and eInk display for outputting content as you type.

Why we love it:

This is a wonderfully unique project and the execution is so well done. We wouldn’t just like to check this out for ourselves in person, we’d like one of our own! It’s beautiful to look at and works just as well as it looks.

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Raspberry Pi FarmGuard

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

Farming is tough business and it only takes one pack of curious animals to wreak havoc on all your hard work. That’s where projects like FarmGuard, created by maker Samith, come into play. It uses the power of AI to monitor for unwanted animals and sends notifications to alert farmers of the troublesome wildlife.

Why we love it:

This is a really cool use case for AI-powered image recognition on the Raspberry Pi. It’s a well designed project with a really useful end product. You can also tweak the model to suit whatever animal you want to keep an eye out for and tailor it to your environment.

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Raspberry Push Notification Mailbox

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

This Raspberry Pi push notification mailbox lets you decide when you receive push notifications. It works by blocking specific IPs associated with push notifications, only allowing them through if the mailbox detects that your smartphone has been placed inside.

Why we love it:

This project is as close as you can get to checking the mail without checking your mail. It’s a really clever idea and the implementation lends to a useful and somewhat novelty creation. If you’re tired of push notifications, this might be the project for you.

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Raspberry Pi Detects Ghost Aircraft Using SDR

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

This Raspberry Pi aircraft ghost detector project is designed to detect hackers. It scans for nearby aircraft and uses AI to determine if there are any abnormalities in its reading that would suggest it might otherwise be a fake aircraft placed virtually by a malicious party. The maker behind this project, Angelina Tsuboi, is a pilot and took it for a real life test run in an airplane.

Why we love it:

Wrapping your head around a project like this is kind of hard to do. You have to have not only a niche set of interests but special access to really put this device to the test. This is a really neat idea and it’s cool to see it airborne.

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Raspberry Pi Doom Air Hockey Table

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

This air hockey table does so much more than let you play air hockey. It has a Raspberry Pi powering the whole operation so you get the added benefit of an entire desktop alongside the tabletop features. This means you can play Doom on the Doom air hockey table.

Why we love it:

We like the Raspberry Pi, we like Doom, we all knew where this was going. A custom built air hockey table is cool enough on its own but this one is decked out with all the right theming and hardware to get us excited.

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Raspberry Pi Plant Watering Robot Dog

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

Forget to water your plants? Don’t worry about it! This Raspberry Pi-powered robotic dog will walk around and water them for you. It identifies whether or not a plant needs to be watered using image recognition and artificial intelligence.

Why we love it:

This project is next level cool! There are so many obstacles to overcome from the hardware and locomotion design to the software and model building for the AI system. Overall this is a really cool idea and very well executed project.

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Tom's Hardware Projects

We love the Raspberry Pi so much that we’re usually nose deep in wires and solder building projects ourselves. It’s hard not to get the creative juices flowing when we get to cover so many cool Pi projects throughout each week. Here are a few cool projects the staff here at Tom’s Hardware have put together lately.

How To Reduce Raspberry Pi 5, 4 Standby Power Consumption

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

In this guide, Les shows us what you can do to reduce the power consumption of your Raspberry Pi 5 or Raspberry Pi 4 when idling in standby mode. This is useful for projects in which the Pi isn’t used consistently throughout the day.

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How to turbo-charge your Raspberry Pi 5 with an NVMe boot drive

Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024
Raspberry Pi Projects: January 2024

You read that right, we’re giving the Raspberry Pi 5 the boost it deserves using an NVMe boot drive. In this guide, Les goes over all of the steps and hardware you’ll need to duplicate this project for yourself at home.

Read: How to turbo-charge your Raspberry Pi 5 with an NVMe boot drive

Raspberry Pi Projects
Raspberry Pi Projects

The holiday season is in full swing and we can assume all the best behaved Raspberry Pi fans can expect a Raspberry Pi 5 in their stocking. If you’re not sure what to do with all the cool Pi gadgets you’re getting this season, you can always use our list of Pi projects for inspiration.

These makers use the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs to bring their ideas to fruition. And when they can’t find a cool HAT to use, they make one from scratch by ordering custom PCBs and a slew of adapter cables. Are you ready to be blown away? These are some of the best Pi projects we’ve had the honor of covering over the last month.

Raspberry Pi Powers Smart Kitchen Display

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

Is your kitchen missing something? You might need a smart display like this cool one created by Stanislav Khromov. Using our favorite SBC, he’s managed to create a useful tool that shares everything from recipes to weather data. You can program it with a variety of applications which makes it super versatile.

Why we love it:

It’s a simple idea but surprisingly handy. If you’re looking for something to make as a gift or maybe you want to treat yourself to a fancy new upgraded kitchen experience, then this project is definitely up your alley.

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Groc: A Raspberry Pi Granular Synth

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

If there’s one thing that goes with Pi, it’s jam—as in you can totally jam with this Pi project! Oddment audio is using a Raspberry Pi to drive their granular synth. You can twist the knobs and create a unique digital sound, all aided by the processing power of a Pi 4.

Why we love it:

We’re waiting for the day that Raspberry Pis can be found in every music class and orchestra. Just kidding, but we really appreciate seeing makers extend their creative endeavors with the Pi into the world of music.

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10-year-old Raspberry Pi Runs for 6 Years Straight

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

We know that the Raspberry Pi is a hardy board, but just how hardy is it? This maker has been using an original Raspberry Pi for over 10 years. In a screenshot, they demonstrated how it’s run successfully for more than 6 years straight without a reboot.

Why we love it:

If you’ve ever wondered how long a Pi 1 can run for, this project sheds some light on the answer. It’s cool enough to see an original Pi getting some love 10 years later, let alone one that’s still operating like the nifty little workhorse it is.

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Raspberry Pi NASA Balloon Data Collector

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

The Raspberry Pi is a useful tool not only for casual users and enthusiasts but also professionals and scientists. Want proof? Here’s a cool project put together by NASA that uses Pis to help collect backup data for their atmospheric balloon.

Why we love it:

We know the Pi has a lot of potential and this is a great example of how it can be used for serious educational research purposes. Even though this was a backup project, it ended up being useful in retrieving data for the overall mission.

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Raspberry Pi RP2040 Trackball Kit

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

If you’re into trackballs, you’re sure to love this gorgeous trackball kit designed by maker and developer Ploopy. It uses a Raspberry Pi RP2040 as the main driver and features a really nice looking shell that you can make in any color combination you like.

Why we love it:

Why buy an input device you kind of like when you could build one from scratch that you love? That’s what Ploopy seems to have been thinking when creating this awesome DIY kit. It looks fantastic and the final product is an easy-to-repair tool to keep on hand.

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Raspberry Pi Zero Fractal Art Picture Frame

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

Who says Raspberry Pis can’t be artsy? No one we assume. But if they did, we would point them to this cool Pi Zero fractal art picture frame project created by maker and developer wearemessingup. It uses a Pi to generate fractals and displays them on an eInk display.

Why we love it:

It’s an unassuming picture frame that you might not notice right off the bat but upon closer inspection, you’ll be enamored by the amazing process that goes behind generating these simple images.

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Raspberry Pi 5 Uses External Graphics Card

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

You read that right! Jeff Geerling cannot be stopped and now that someone has put a Pi 5 in his hands, we have to deal with all sorts of cool developments like this. It took quite a bit of work and requires an additional board to connect it, but Geerling has managed to use an external graphics card with a Pi 5.

Why we love it:

We hardly need to explain ourselves here but here goes anyway. What Geerling has done is a seriously cool example of how the Pis potential can be pushed beyond its intended purpose. Is this a useful project? Maybe not in itself but the implications of it are exciting.

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Maker Creates Raspberry Pi CM5

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

Are you waiting for a Raspberry Pi CM5? We are, too, but maker Arturi182 isn’t. Instead of waiting like the rest of us, he took some iBB

Why we love it:

Is this project necessary? We don’t care—it’s a really fun idea! Arturo182’s creation is a shining example of how sometimes the best projects are made because you can, not because you should.

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Maker Creates Raspberry Pi 500

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

With one maker having created a Raspberry Pi CM5, it was only time before someone put together a custom Raspberry Pi 500 and Christopher Barnatt with Explaining Computers was quick to jump in to tackle the task. This creation has everything you’ll find on the Pi 400 but with the computing power of a Raspberry Pi 5.

Why we love it:

We don’t feel like waiting for a Pi 500 either, so we don’t blame Barnatt for jumping the gun and creating one for himself. ThIs project is a fun idea and is an excellent example of how a little bit of ingenuity can net you a totally unique user experience.

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Raspberry Pi Harry Potter Newspaper

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

Creating a custom PCB is often used for achieving a specific function. In this case, the PCB is a work of art designed to resemble the look and feel of newspapers as they’re described in the Harry Potter franchise. Images move (thanks to a Raspberry Pi) above some funny headlines that splice Raspberry Pi stuff into the magical themed articles.

Why we love it:

This project is really cool and you don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to appreciate it. The PCB is more than a circuit board, it’s artwork and it looks amazing. If you want a nice circuit board you can take home to Mom, this is the project for you.

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Tom's Hardware Projects

We’re huge fans of the Raspberry Pi so it should come as no surprise that we’ve been busy creating Pi projects of our own. Here’s what we’ve been up to as well as instructions for you to follow along with at home, as well.

How To Use Dual Cameras on the Raspberry Pi 5

Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: December 2023

You can use two cameras with the Raspberry Pi 5 but it might not be as straightforward as you think. In this guide, Les shows us how you can use multiple cameras at the same time on the Raspberry Pi 5.

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The winter season is almost here as we wind down the year with some amazing Raspberry Pi projects. These are some of the best creations we’ve had the honor of featuring over the last month. As always, these makers use the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs available to bring their ideas to life.

It’s also worth noting that the Raspberry Pi 5 has debuted and we’re very excited to share some projects and a closer look at the new boards capabilities. In addition to looking at what the community is up to, we also have a tutorial to share from the staff here at Tom’s Hardware.

Raspberry Pi Robot Doly

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

This project, known as Doly, is completely open source with a Kickstarter accompanying its release for those who want to purchase the unit already made. This little companion bot features a Raspberry Pi and locomotes using tank tracks. There are two round LCD screens used to animate its eyes.

Why we love it:

This is one of those projects that’s fun to learn with but also leaves you with something cool to play with when you’re done putting it together. If you want to learn the basics of robotics, this is a fun starting point.

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Raspberry Pi Pico Cat Food Dispenser

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

If you have cats to take care of, you might want to have a little fun and use a Raspberry Pi Pico to create something they can use. Maker Anthony Douglas did just as much when he designed this Pico-powered cat food dispenser.

Why we love it:

We love projects that are practical and this one has a real world use case that makes the effort of building it that much more worth it. You can 3D print the body used in its design and as the dispenser is completely open source.

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Raspberry Pi Smart Vertical Farm

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

Vertical farming is all about saving space and moving your plants into structures like shelving units. This can make it tricky to manage and care for your plants depending on the scale of your garden. That’s where Tanay Tanay’s Raspberry Pi smart vertical farming project comes in. It uses a Pi along with a variety of sensors to monitor plants and make adjustments to optimize the plant’s environment automatically.

Why we love it:

This project isn’t exclusive to vertical farms but it does make managing them easier. But because it’s so adaptable, you could use a setup like this to monitor any plant and remotely water them using the pump system.

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Raspberry Pi Pico Therapy Timer

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

Timers are simple concepts but this Pico-powered therapy timer adds an intriguing level of complexity that results in a beautiful end product. Instead of using numbers, the timer’s status is relayed using various colors. According to the maker, Matthias Wandel, the goal was to create something unobtrusive that counselors and therapists could use during sessions.

Why we love it:

The project works great as intended but the effort taken to diffuse the light and construct a wooden case from scratch is just icing on the cake. It even has wooden buttons on the top for adjusting the timer settings.

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Cluster of 32 Raspberry Pis

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

If there’s one thing that always brings together a classroom, it’s a teacher with plenty of passion to share. Mike Reed is a leading example of such a character as demonstrated in his amazing Raspberry Pi cluster. This project serves as a learning tool for his tech class in which he teaches programming and other microelectronics fundamentals.

Why we love it:

This project might be used as a learning tool but it is a learning tool itself. Reed’s clusters are neatly designed and executed just as well. We love the effort put into making these clusters and the features he’s implemented to make his job as a teacher that much easier.

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Raspberry Pi Translates Speech to Sign Language with Robotic Hand

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

The Raspberry Pi is a great tool for those looking to bridge communication gaps. But while oftentimes that means using a Pi to make an adapter of sorts, this communication gap is bridged between people. Prabhjot Singh is using a Raspberry Pi to serve as a translation platform called Deaf Link  that enables deaf people to communicate with hearing people using a robotic hand to produce sign language.

Why we love it:

We love any project that makes life easier and this project is a great example of just that. The hearing person doesn’t even need to know sign language at all in order to use the machine. A Raspberry Pi is responsible for handling the sign language interpretation entirely.

Read: Raspberry Pi Translates Speech to Sign Language

Raspberry Pi 5 Projects

The Raspberry Pi 5 is finally available and we’ve already got a few projects and demos that push the new board to its limits. If you want to see what the new Pi is capable of, this is a great look at what it can accomplish.

Recalbox Emulation Tested

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

LeePSPVideo got his hands on the Pi 5 early and wanted to see how well it handled Recalbox. The Pi 5 has some notable performance advantages over the Pi 4 and it’s already looking like a great retro gaming platform. There are a few factors to consider like temperature and what display you’re outputting to when it comes to tweaking performance.

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Raspberry Pi 5 Emulates Nintendo GameCube and Wii

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

Raspberry Pis in the past have been unable to successfully emulate the Nintendo GameCube and Wii platforms. That seems to have changed as demonstrated by LeePSPVideo’s foray into running Dolphin on the Raspberry Pi 5. Check out this video if you want to see how well it performs with the new specs.

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Raspberry Pi 5 Team Talk RP1

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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

One of the most interesting parts of the Raspberry Pi 5’s design is its use of the RP1 chip. The story of its development dates back to 2015 and is definitely worth learning about if you’re a fan of the Raspberry Pi and excited about the new board.

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Raspberry Pi 5 Compatible OS 'Bookworm' Officially Released

Best Raspberry Pi Projects
Best Raspberry Pi Projects

A new board requires a new OS and that’s what we got with the release of Bookworm. This operating system is necessary if you want to use the new Raspberry Pi 5. It’s flashed using Raspberry Pi Imager just the same as previous Raspberry Pi OS editions.

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Tom's Hardware Projects

After spending so much time looking through these amazing projects, we often become inspired ourselves. Here’s a look at the latest Raspberry Pi tutorials to come from the team here at Tom’s Hardware over the last month.

Overclocking Raspberry Pi 5 to 3 GHz

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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

The new Raspberry Pi has plenty of specs to get excited about but Les is already pushing the board to its limits. If you want to know more about overclocking the Raspberry Pi 5, check this out and see what it’s capable of.

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How to Set Up a Headless Raspberry Pi 5

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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

If you want to get off the ground with a Raspberry Pi, you’ll need to set it up. But what if you don’t have a monitor? Running a Pi without a display is known as operating a headless system. Here’s our guide on how you can set up a headless Raspberry Pi 5 put together by Editor in Chief Avram Piltch.

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How to Emulate PlayStation 2 on the Raspberry Pi 5

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Best Raspberry Pi Projects

Have you been looking for an SBC capable of emulating the PlayStation 2? It turns out the Raspberry Pi 5 has got what it takes and Les has already put a guide together to show us how to set it up. Check it out to see what you need to do in order to start gaming on this classic platform.

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Fall is here and Raspberry Pi makers around the world are harvesting their best ideas into fruition. These are some of the best Raspberry Pi projects we’ve featured over the last month and we thought they deserved a little extra attention. If you’re looking for inspiration or just to see what the community has been up to, this is the best place to start.

As always, these makers pulled out the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs money can buy just to create something cool with our favorite SBC. It’s been an exciting time for the community lately thanks to the announcement of the Raspberry Pi 5. We’re eager to see what the Pi community is going to do with the latest board but in the meantime, you can check out our projects to see what we’ve done with it so far.

Raspberry Pi RP2040 Becomes PalmOS PDA

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Remember Palm PDAs? Now you can recreate the experience thanks to this Raspberry Pi RP2040 PalmOS PDA project. It has a touchscreen display and plenty of features to tinker around with. It’s neat to see the old PalmOS get some love and even more exciting to see it run on an RP2040. Grinberg named the project RePalm.

Why we love it:

We’re suckers for old hardware and love to see the niche communities that gather around obsolete systems like flip phones, Blackberries or in this case Palm PDAs. RePalm is a great demonstration of how the RP2040 can help revitalize the experience for both old users and new.

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Raspberry Pi Confetti Bot

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Image credit: Hazal Mestci

Are you ready to party? Not without this Raspberry Pi confetti bot, you’re not! There are some things in life that are just a bit more exciting when automated. Sure, you could open a confetti popper on demand but throwing a Raspberry Pi into the mix adds for some unique use cases—especially if you’re looking to surprise someone. This project uses a Pi to automatically activate a tiny confetti cannon using a custom 3D printed mount and motor.

Why we love it:

If your party has a Pi in it, we want to be there. This is a really fun example of how you can use a Pi to implement creative ideas in a way that interacts with others. There are so many ways you could modify this project and we like brainstorming what we would do ourselves from blasting music to activating LEDs.

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Raspberry Pi AI Traffic Monitor

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Collecting data from complex sources is getting easier every day thanks to AI. This traffic monitoring project, put together by a maker known as Naveem, is using a Raspberry Pi to monitor traffic using a custom trained AI model. This project is useful for urban planners and others looking to monitor local transportation flow.

Why we love it:

It’s neat to see data pulled in real time from an AI system that’s tracking vehicles with image recognition. This is a very useful project that could help a variety of industries and the technology that put it together just happens to be our favorite.

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Raspberry Pi Pico Hexagon Heart

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

The combination of technology and art is truly unique, taking on the expressions of the designer in a digital fashion. This RGB Pico heart project is using a Pico to drive LEDs inside of a decoration shaped like a heart made from hexagons. The housing is 3D printed with individually addressable LED strips inside.

Why we love it:

This is a very cool looking project that’s also capable of being modified. You can use the STL files generated for this design and modify the hexagons around into all sorts of unique shapes. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at trendy wall decor, now is your chance.

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Raspberry Pi Pico /r/Place Display

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

There’s no place like /r/Place. If you’re not familiar with /r/Place, this is a subreddit on a forum website Reddit. There, users are able to place one pixel at a time on a shared canvas. Over time, images can be created on a large scale requiring quite a bit of collaboration to pull off. This /r/Place Pico project uses a Raspberry Pi Pico to show sections of this giant image on an e-Ink display.

Why we love it:

We love the Pico, we love community projects, this was just a win win! /R/Place is a cool concept that’s stood up over the years as a great example of what community driven effort can achieve. This project highlights that hard work.

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Raspberry Pi Pico Flexible Keyboard

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Keyboard too big? No problem. Maker and developer Kārlis has created a super thin keyboard that relies on our favorite microcontroller, the Raspberry Pi Pico, as its main driver. This keyboard is very flexible and is small enough to fit inside a Steam Deck case. The Pico provides USB interface support.

Why we love it:

Sometimes you do things because you can, not because you should and this is a good example of that idea. The keyboard Kārlis made is really neat when you dig into how it’s put together and how much work it took to pull off but the end result isn’t exactly practical when it comes to gaming. But that was never really the point. The point is we love it.

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Raspberry Pi RP2040 Tombstone

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Image credit: Adafruit, Ruiz brothers

Halloween will be here before you know it! Are you looking for something scary to decorate your home with? You need to check out this creepy Raspberry Pi RP2040 tombstone project put together by the Ruiz brothers for Adafruit.

Why we love it:

You could take this idea and modify it with all sorts of Halloween props and various sensors. If you’re going to make something spooky for decor, you might as well go all out and there’s tons of room to create a simple or complex decoration for your haunted maker mansion.

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Raspberry Pi 'Technoframes'

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Technoframes is an art project put together by Max Björverud. These works of art have hands worked into the design. When you touch a hand, part of a techno track starts to loop. The end result is a custom techno project that changes depending on what hands are being touched at a given time.

Why we love it:

We’ve never seen anything quite like Björverud’s Technoframes. This project is a great example of how to fuse technology and art for an end result that’s just as fun to play with as it was to build.

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Raspberry Pi ISS Model

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Head in the clouds? Bring it back down to Earth with this articulated Raspberry Pi ISS replica. It uses data taken directly from NASA to adjust the model in real time so you can see what the space station is doing when it happens.

Why we love it:

This project is open source which means files are available for anyone who wants to recreate it at home. This would be a fun project for a computer science class or even just a space enthusiast looking for something cool to put on the center of their mantle piece.

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Raspberry Pi Generates News Headline Images with AI

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

AI is arguably getting out of hand in some regards, so why not have a little bit of fun with it? Roy van der Veen is using AI with a Raspberry Pi to generate images based on text from news headlines. Sometimes the images are fitting, sometimes they’re hilariously out of place due to a blatant misinterpretation of the text.

Why we love it:

This is an artsy way to integrate AI with the Raspberry Pi and the final project is unlike anything we’ve come across before. It’s such a simple idea but it makes for a truly unique experience. Roy van der Veen did a great job piecing this one together.

Read: Raspberry Pi Generates News Headline Images with AI

Tom's Hardware Projects

It’s hard to look at all of these cool Raspberry Pi creations without getting inspired to tinker ourselves. Here’s a look at what the staff of Tom’s Hardware has been up to lately. We’ve got a gaming tutorial that’s definitely worth checking out and have been dabbling with the new Raspberry Pi 5.

How to Play AAA Games on Your Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

Have you ever wanted to play AAA titles on your Raspberry Pi? That’s totally in the realm of possibility! In this guide, Les goes everything you need to get started both hardware-wise and software with a step-by-step tutorial.

Read: How to Play AAA Games on Your Raspberry Pi

We Overclocked Raspberry Pi 5 to 3 GHz, Up to 25% Perf Boost

Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: October 2023

This isn’t exactly a tutorial per se but it’s a fun read for any fan of the Raspberry Pi eager to see what the new Raspberry Pi 5 is capable of. This is setting the bar for makers to push the boundaries of its performance. Now we play the waiting game to see what new heights it can reach.

Read: We Overclocked Raspberry Pi 5

As fall quickly approaches, the leaves are changing and Raspberry Pi enthusiasts are formatting their SD cards. We’ve got another batch of awesome Pi projects to showcase for you this month that are guaranteed to inspire your inner maker. So warm up your best soldering irons and get ready for some awe inspiring creations.

These makers use the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs to bring their ideas to fruition and what they couldn’t find on the market, they made themselves. From rotary phone assistants with sassy German accents to keycaps that run Doom, this list has a little bit of everything.

Raspberry Pi Carrier Board 'SaraKit' Powers LEGO RC Car

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

This LEGO RC car put together by Artur Majtczak and Maciek Matuszewski is definitely unique. From its LEGO construction to its dual differential axles, this build has a notably crafty design. It also features a custom board built by the team known as SaraKit.The car can be driven remotely using a smartphone interface.

Why we love it:

There’s a lot of work that went into creating this car and we admire every ounce of effort. The LEGO frame is exciting and the precision in the axle system is absolutely something to be admired. We’ve seen quite a few Pi-powered RC cards but this one has a unique flavor we just can’t pass up.

Read: Raspberry Pi Carrier Board 'SaraKit' Powers LEGO RC Car

Raspberry Pi Interstellar's TARS Replica

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

If you’re a fan of Interstellar, you’re going to love this project created by Charlie Diaz. It’s a working replica of the TARS robot and it actually locomotes. This thing walks like nothing we’ve ever seen and the work it took to perfect the walking mechanism is worth a spot on our list today.

Why we love it:

We love how sci-fi movies can inspire makers and this is a prime example of that connection. It also helps that we’re total suckers for movie robots. Bringing them to the real world is only going to get you bonus points on our list.

Read: Raspberry Pi Interstellar's TARS Replica

Raspberry Pi ChatGPT Rotary Phone Assistant With German Accent

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Voice assistants are nothing new and neither are rotary phones but you’ve probably never seen a rotary phone voice assistant. This project, created by Zoltan T, works as you might expect. Just pick up the receiver and make a request to the voice assistant. The fun twist with this particular build is his decision to use ChatGPT to help give the assistant a German accent.

Why we love it:

This is a fun idea that we’ve seen before. However, the decision to add an accent to the voice assistant adds so much more personality that would otherwise be missed by a neutral tone. This is one project we wouldn’t mind creating for ourselves.

Read: Raspberry Pi ChatGPT Rotary Phone Assistant With German Accent

Raspberry Pi Hunts Shiny Pokémon

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Finding a shiny Pokémon is really hard, like trying to wake a Snorlax without a pokéflute hard. That’s why maker Dinones decided to use a Raspberry Pi to do the shiny hunting instead! Just boot up the Pi and let it do its thing while you sleep. When you wake up, you’re bound to have a shiny or two on hand.

Why we love it:

We love gaming, we love the Raspberry Pi and we love using the Raspberry Pi to enhance our gaming experience! This project might not be for everyone. Shiny hunting is its own realm and this could be considered cheating by some—but we can’t help but admire the effort that went into automating this grueling process.

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Raspberry Pi Companion Robot

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Robots are our friends…at least in an ideal world. If you want to avoid suffering at the mercy of robot overlords, you can start out by making your own Raspberry Pi companion robot like maker and developer Dan Nicholson.

Why we love it:

We love robots—especially Pi-powered robots—and this one is bipedal. There are a lot of neat components that went into this build,It  from AI for image recognition to an Arduino as a secondary SBC.

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Raspberry Pi RP2040 Runs Doom on a Keycap

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Bob with TheKeebProject must have a really good magnifying glass handy because this Pi project is super tiny. He’s managed to run Doom on a single keycap thanks to an RP2040 microprocessor. Is this practical? You’re asking the wrong question.

Why we love it:

We love all the crazy things people use as a platform to run Doom. This keycap is the latest in a long line of impressive and nonsensical Doom-compatible devices. Silly or not, we’re impressed by the end results.

Read: Raspberry Pi RP2040 Runs Doom on a Keycap

Raspberry Pi Lightsaber

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Have you dreamed of building your own lightsaber? Now you can! This project from Adafruit outlines everything you need and how to assemble your own Raspberry Pi-powered lightsaber.You will need a 3D printer or access to one for the handle components.

Why we love it:

There’s always a bigger Pi—but an RP2040 will do for this project. This is a great project to make for fun, as a teaching aid or as a gift. This is a classic prop from one of the biggest sci fi franchises around, what’s not to love?

Read: Raspberry Pi Lightsaber

Raspberry Pi Mood Light

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Mood rings were all the rage back in the 90s—Mohammad Reza Sharifi’s mood light project is the next obvious step that brings this trend into the 21st century. It uses everything from a Raspberry Pi Pico to the power of AI to pick a color for your lamp based on your current mood (or at least whatever the AI is interpreting from your expression).

Why we love it:

Do you have any idea how many colors you can generate with RGB LEDs these days? Picking a color is a huge decision. Why not let AI make the pick for you? This project makes life a little easier and much more colorful.

Read: Raspberry Pi Mood Light

Raspberry Pi Tells Your Fortune with ChatGPT and Game Boy Parts

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Evan Holbert’s project is unlike any arcade cabinet we’ve ever seen. The movie Big would have hit a lot different if this was in place of Zoltar. It works like this—you put in a quarter while a Pi uses parts from an old Game Boy to render a fortune for you that’s printed on a small thermal printer.

Why we love it:

Creative doesn’t even begin to describe what went into this project. It’s incredibly artsy and super niche. If you love the Raspberry Pi, classic arcade cabinets, Game Boys and things on the occult side, this project is sure to knock your socks off.

Read: Raspberry Pi Tells Your Fortune with ChatGPT and Game Boy Parts

Raspberry Pi Effects Pedal Distorts Keyboard and Mouse Input

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

Some of the best Pi projects we’ve ever seen come from makers who instead of asking “Why?” would rather ask “Why not?” and there’s no better example of this in our recent findings than this Raspberry Pi-powered effects pedal. This pedal doesn’t make effects for guitars, however. Oh no—it’s much more hectic. It distorts keyboard and mouse input.

Why we love it:

Why would you need a reverb for your mouse? We don’t know and we don’t care. You can add a reverb effect using this pedal and we think that’s hilarious. Want to swap your keyboard and mouse input? No? Well too bad, this pedal makes it possible with the push of a button and this kind of chaos is exactly what we love about this project.

Read: Raspberry Pi Effects Pedal Distorts Keyboard and Mouse Input

Tom's Hardware Projects

It’s impossible for us here at Tom’s Hardware to sit idly by while all these makers have fun cooking up awesome projects. Here’s what the staff has been up to this month along with guides to walk you through recreating our projects for yourself at home.

How to Send Alerts From Raspberry Pi Pico W to a Phone or Tablet

Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: September 2023

In this guide, Les puts the W (aka wireless) in Raspberry Pi Pico W to good use by showing us how you can go about sending alerts to your phone or mobile device from the Pico. This is a really flexible tool to have in your arsenal and definitely worth checking out if you want to use the Pico W for your latest project.

Read: How to Send Alerts From Raspberry Pi Pico W to a Phone or Tablet

It’s already August and we’ve got another batch of Raspberry Pi projects to share. We have tons of cool creations to share that are guaranteed to inspire your inner maker. So heat up one of the best soldering irons and grab a blank SD card—these are some of the best Pi projects we’ve featured over the last month and we think they deserve some extra attention.

As usual, these makers are some of the most creative out there, using the best Raspberry Pi accessories and HATs to bring their unique ideas to fruition. Some of them even developed custom PCBs just to pull off their designs.

Raspberry Pi Smart Bird Feeder

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

Bird watching is a rewarding hobby but what about the sneaky guests that slip by when you’re not around? That’s where Hermy65’s Raspberry Pi Smart Bird Feeder project comes into play. It lures in birds with free food and snaps pictures of them once they land on the feeder. Using AI, it then assesses the images to help determine what kind of bird stopped by.

Why we love it:

Pi projects that connect with nature are always exciting. There are so many bird varieties in the world, it’s exciting to see what rarities are nearby when you aren’t looking. It’s also a great integration with AI and showcases the creative potential of using ML with a hobby like this.

Read: Raspberry Pi Smart Bird Feeder

Raspberry Pi Automatic Lawn Mower

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

Tired of mowing the lawn? We hear you. It just keeps growing and growing! With this Raspberry Pi automatic lawn mower project, however, you can automate the task and spend your time relaxing or making more cool Pi projects. It has a nice web interface which makes it easy to control and monitor remotely.

Why we love it:

Any Pi project that makes life easier is a winner in our book. Work smart, not hard, we say! It’s still technically a work in progress but what the team has put together so far is still very impressive and we already wish we had one to beta test…for study purposes, of course.

Read: Raspberry Pi Automatic Lawn Mower

Raspberry Pi Memory Box

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

This Raspberry Pi memory box is a beautiful and creative way to share memories in the form of videos and pictures. To use it, NFC cards are scanned which triggers a specific predetermined folder of videos to play on the screen. It has a built-in speaker and knob on the front to adjust volume.

Why we love it:

This was Kind-Rope5478’s first Pi project and it came out looking great. The wooden frame is gorgeous and carefully frames all of the hardware neatly inside. We like the idea and the finished product is just too beautiful not to appreciate.

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Stable Diffusion Runs on Pi Zero 2 W

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

Using AI to generate images takes a lot of power—way more than a Pi Zero 2 W. That said, Vito Plantamure has managed to get Stable Diffusion running on Pi Zero 2 W. It took quite a bit of work to create a low memory-using edition that would successfully create an image but here we are and the results speak for themselves.

Why we love it:

This is a great example of how a bit of hard work can push the boundaries of what the Pi is capable of. Is this the most practical way to run Stable Diffusion? No. Is it a really cool way to run Stable Diffusion? We think so!

Read: Stable Diffusion Runs on Pi Zero 2 W

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Plays YouTube on 40-Year-Old Computer

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

Running old software on new hardware is one thing but getting modern applications to run on old hardware is an entirely different song and dance. This maker has managed to get a Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W to play YouTube on a 40-year-old computer. Why would you want this? We don’t know. It’s just really cool and seeing it in action is super impressive.

Why we love it:

There are some projects that make you wonder why they’re put together and this might be one of them. Sometimes you just have to make something because you can, not because you should.

Read: Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W Plays YouTube on 40-Year-Old Computer

Raspberry Pi Pico Butt Warmer

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

Got a chilly butt? That’s your problem. But with this Raspberry Pi Pico butt warmer, it doesn’t have to be. Using our favorite microcontroller, Alan has devised a way to automatically heat his rump using the Pico along with the power of AI.

Why we love it:

This project is so silly and practical, it’s just too fun not to share. Sure, it’s a little bit dangerous—but them’s the brakes when it comes to developing life changing Pi projects. The idea itself is fun but we’re delighted to know it was also a developmental success.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Butt Warmer

Raspberry Pi Pico Chess Robot with ChatGPT

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

This Raspberry Pi Pico Chess Robot uses ChatGPT not only to perform as a formidable opponent but also hurl insults. Okay it doesn’t just act like a bully, it also cheats making it a true robotic villain. Face it—overcoming this robot is the only way you’ll get better at chess.

Why we love it:

It’s not a fair fight playing with a cheater but it is a fun fight when that cheater is a Pi-powered robot that uses AI to insult you while you play. The board is very well designed and took a lot of work to produce all the features it has. The googly eyes are just icing on the cake.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Chess Robot with ChatGPT

Raspberry Pi Pico Powered Cyberpunk Neck Watch

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

Looking for something super cool and super functional? This Raspberry Pi Pico-powered cyberpunk neck watch is the perfect accessory for the style-conscious maker of the future. Not only does it work as a cool clock, it looks really neat and features a custom PCB.

Why we love it:

This project is very well-executed and is too well-designed to leave off our list. It displays the time, plays gifs and even scrolls custom messages. If you want something to turn heads at the next maker convention, one of these would surely do the trick.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Powered Cyberpunk Neck Watch

Raspberry Pi Pico Tracks Run to the ISS with LED Ladder

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

To the ISS and beyond! This clever project is a fun way for maker Lorraine from Element 14 to track her family’s running progress. As everyone logs their cardio, so many steps are added to their ultimate goal of covering enough distance collectively to reach the ISS. The results are displayed through this Raspberry Pi Pico LED Ladder

Why we love it:

Calling this project clever really is putting it mildly. This is a very fun idea and exciting way to motivate everyone to do their best to reach fitness goals while simultaneously flexing their brain muscles.

Read: Raspberry Pi Pico Tracks Run to the ISS with LED Ladder

Raspberry Pi Pico Animates LED Retro Art 'Neon' Frames

Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023
Raspberry Pi Projects: August 2023

You know what’s cooler than retro artwork? Raspberry Pi Pi