Happy Pi Day, friends! If you’re anything like us here at CIRA headquarters…Pi Day doesn’t just bring to mind everyone’s favourite mathematical constant. Nope—we’ve got a very different kind of Pi on our minds: Raspberry Pi!
This year marks 10 years of Raspberry Pi and we’ll readily admit that we’re obsessed with these inexpensive, credit card-sized computers. What they lack in raw processing power, they make up for in pure versatility. Most of all—they’re the gateway to making just about any tech project a reality, from simple robots to DIY smart speakers.
So, if you’ve already taken the plunge and purchased a Raspberry Pi of your own, great! Now…what to do with it? You could, of course, use it as a normal desktop computer. That’s perfectly fine…but if we’re being honest, a little boring. The possibilities of your Pi are (nearly) endless—so why not unleash a bit of that untapped potential?
To help get you started, we’ve scoured the interwebs and come up with this list of seven Raspberry Pi project ideas that range from the cool and practical…to the slightly preposterous!
Raspberry Pi buggy
Build yourself a Raspberry Pi buggy that can be controlled by using simple Python coding language commands. The look of your buggy is totally up to you. You can use anything from a cardboard box to the chassis of an old remote-control car you might have lying around. Check out the materials you’ll need to get started, along with a step-by-step build and coding guide. And as legendary NASCAR driver and announcer Darrell Waltrip would say, “Boogity, boogity, boogity! Let’s go racin’!”
Ultimate retro gaming console
What if we told you that for around 100 (or so) bucks (including the cost of Raspberry Pi) you could build the ultimate retro gaming system? By installing RetroPie, a free, open-source software on your Raspberry Pi, you can emulate games from classic consoles as old as the Atari 2600 up to the Super Nintendo and original PlayStation!
Bonus style points if you spend a little extra and spring for this ultra-cool NES Raspberry Pi case. Get the step-by-step setup guide here.