I have in my possession two Raspberry Pi’s. The first one is the one we take to GeekOut Bristol Meets, which has a bunch of retro games on it. I’ve got a bunch of controllers for it, where it acts as our sort of mini retro arcade. Great. But my other Raspberry Pi I’ve not really done much with for a while. Originally, I was going to have it as a sort of “task manager”, where you press a tick button to say you’ve done the task. However, I never got around to it. Now I keep looking at it and I’m thinking of doing something else with it. Here’s a couple of projects I’m considering for my Pi – So hopefully you’ll get some ideas what to do with yours!
More Raspberry Pi Projects
Raspberry Pi Laptop
This is the one at the top of my list – There are kits out there that lets you effectively do it in one go, such as the Pi-Top. I personally find the Pi-Top a bit on the pricey side, as it’s over £200 (just shy of it if you don’t buy it with a Raspberry Pi included.) There’s another one called Kano, which you can find in Argos. All in all then, there are solutions out there already, but I find all of them a little bit too expensive for my blood. I’m not made of money after all – But there is a way to do it for under £100, so if you’ve got a Raspberry Pi lying around with little do, here’s what you’d need:
Grab yourself a 7″ screen, such as this one. You’d like to get yourself one that hooks up easily to the pi for power, but then you’d need to likely plug it in as well. You’d most likely need to get one that hooks up with a HDMI cable, or a ribbon cable if you can get it. Alternatively, you may need to get some cables, so shop around for a good little monitor. Next on your list, you’ll want a small USB Keyboard, ideally with a small cable. You could use a bluetooth keyboard, if your Pi accepts bluetooth, or if you have the correct Bluetooth dongle for it. Finally, you’ll need to get yourself a power supply – Which’ll likely be a small powerbank. A powerbank can power a Raspberry Pi quite proficiently, so if you’d want to make some savings here, consider a cheap one like this.
Once you have all the components you’re going to need, you’ll need to get yourself something to hold the laptop together. You may want to make yourself a case, which you can make out of plastics, or out of cardboard – You name it, but just consider that it’ll likely get hot – And think about placement. It’s all got to sit inside of a case, so you need to make sure it all sits well. You could use stick on velcro, or you could design the case so everything sits snugly. Also, be sure you think about where your power supply plugs in, as well as where your USB devices can be plugged in.
Want to host your own website, using software such as WordPress.org? Perhaps this is the best solution for you. Running your own website doesn’t need to involve plenty of fees to companies, hosting all of your files and code. Instead, you can use a Raspberry Pi to host your own website. If you want it just for yourself, you don’t even need a name for your website; rather you’d just need to know the IP address. There are plenty of tutorials out there for hosting your own website, so I’d highly recommend checking them out.
Remote Access Raspberry Pi
So you have a camera system installed on your Raspberry Pi, or you have some code you’ve put on it, that you’d like to access from anywhere. Then why not consider installing some remote access software on your Pi? To do this is fairly straightforward; open up your terminal (Ctrl + Alt + T), then type in the following (and hit enter after each step):
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install realvnc-vnc-server realvnc-vnc-viewer(Just note, your Raspberry Pi may come with this pre-installed, so double check if you get and error here.)
sudo raspi-config(then hit enter, then find VNC and enable it.)
The Raspberry Pi is an incredibly versatile little tool, so consider heavily what you’d use it for. Is it time you dug yours up and made it into something new, or do you have a project that just wouldn’t work without your Pi? As ever, we love to hear from our readers, so if you’ve come up with an inventive use for your Pi, share it in the comments below, or over on our Facebook and Twitter pages.