In the past I’ve written about some of our home technology items that we’ve installed since moving into the house in 2003. From thousands of feet of structured wiring to whole house audio, I love pimping our pad with as much technology as possible without making the house look like a crazy bling’d out MTV Cribs house. Overblown home tech installation is a hobby that I really enjoy and something very unique and unexpected in a small house.
Several years ago, when I could see our home tech plans coming together (and I love it when a plan comes together), I could see the growing need for a nerve center for the home. All of the structured wiring had already been laid out to make home runs to the basement, but they all terminated to a disorganized mess that was hanging on the wall.
1. KindleBerry Pi
If you love traveling but hate taking a bulky laptop with you for work or entertainment, you’ll love the KindleBerry Pi concept. All you need is a Kindle, your Raspberry Pi, and a few USB accessories to transform your limited tablet to a fully functioning personal computer. The Kindle acts as a screen while the Raspberry Pi serves as your processor. Connect an external keyboard, and you can do just about anything from just about anywhere. You will need to jailbreak your Kindle, so there is risk involved. But for a skilled technician, a KindleBerry Pi setup can provide you with the technology you need but without the bulk of a traditional laptop weighing you down.
2. Secure VPN Server
Note from the creators: We did consider using communicating the users programmed instructions via WiFi but went for a Pi camera-based solution in the end.
Were you a part of the farming app following? Did you grow virtual rows of corn and wheat and harvest them for rewards? Here’s the real-life version. FarmBot helps you graphically design your farm by dragging plants onto a map. You can then build growing regimens, sequences, and operate FarmBot with manual controls. FarmBot can be used anywhere, whether in a greenhouse or a raised bed and can save commercial businesses labor costs. Learn more about FarmBot here and be one of the first to hear about its upcoming release.
6. Voyage, a journey into imagination
7. Tutorial: Client/Server on the Raspberry Pi
In this project, you’ll find a tutorial for setting up a client server on the Raspberry Pi. The concept of the project is to have the Raspberry Pi wait for a connection from a laptop and accept integers from it. The Pi multiplies these integers by two and sends them back. The laptop can close the connection by sending a -1 or stopping the server by sending a -2. This tutorial will show you how to set up the hardware, run the server code, and provide you with codes for both Mac and Windows.
8. Fisher Price Talking Chatter Smartphone
9. DIY Wall Display
10. Magic Mirror2
MagicMirror allows you to turn just about any mirror in your home into your own personal assistant. It’s an open source modular smart mirror platform. With an expanding list of modules, it’s growing in popularity and ease of use. After installation, you’ll automatically have several modules, including a clock, calendar, weather, news feed, and even compliments to keep you going each day. The MagicMirror website will walk you through the process and address any issues for you. They’re always looking for suggestions, too!
11. Raspberry Pi car computer
If your current vehicle is lacking technology, you can change this with a quick Raspberry Pi project. This project shows you how to develop a technology hub for your car that you can customize based on your needs. Listen to music, watch videos, use a map application, or go all the way by hooking up a rear-view camera. Not all of these are addressed in this project but once you know how to set up your Pi, the options are within reach. This is an affordable upgrade for almost any budget and the system requires little space and little power.
12. GPS on Raspberry Pi
Maybe you’ve listened to music as you played video games before, but what if you could combine the two like never before? That’s exactly what you’ll do should you decide to take this project on. Two classical upright pianos were transformed into PlayStation 2 controllers, all with custom analog piezo triggers, a Raspberry Pi, and Arduino Unos. Music combinations were designed based on gameplay controls and combos, creating a visual and musical combination that you have to see to believe. This tutorial has plenty of detailed diagrams to help you make it happen.
16. Raspberry Pi Car HUD
17. Anomaly Detection in Home-Area Networks using Machine Learning and Raspberry Pi’s
One deep-seeded fear researchers have is a malicious attack on our modernized electric grid. Cyber security threats are real and the consequences of an effective attack could be devastating. While some Raspberry Pi projects are all for fun, there are some that offer important mechanisms. The Raspberry Pi-based monitoring system is one of them. It has been operating since 2016, and its accuracy and performance are currently being evaluated within NextEnergy’s smart home in Detroit, Michigan. The system works by using machine learning algorithms that can automatically detect suspicious activity. Raspberry Pi projects like this one show just how versatile the computer can be.
18.VMW Research Group Raspberry Pi Cluster
If you’ve been overwhelmed with the idea of building your own cluster from Raspberry Pi computers, this is a great tutorial to start with. In the end, a 24-node Raspberry Pi 2 cluster was build. Each node was instrumented for detailed power measurement. In total, there are 96 cores with 24GB of RAM. What makes this tutorial so great is all the pictures included after each step. If you need more visual guidance, you’ll appreciate the detail that went into putting this project guide together. This isn’t a quick project but once completed, the final product is impressive both visually and functionally.
Vince has also been working on a ChipTune Player which readers might wish to check out.
19. How to Stream your Steam Games to the Raspberry Pi
20. Tweety Pi Bird Box
This is a great project for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether you’re in an apartment in the middle of a big city or in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, the Tweety Pi Bird Box can bring you closer to nature. It involves equipping a bird house with a motion sensor, a camera, and your Raspberry Pi to capture what goes on inside. It only makes sense that the Tweety Pi Bird Box would send out tweets whenever it captures a new image. You’re sure to catch images of some feathered friends, along with a few surprises
21. RC Car
22. Raspberry Preserve
24. Home NAS storage with the Raspberry Pi
25. Raspberry Pi Zero Hidden In An Xbox Controller
Game consoles are always evolving and changing how we view the limits of gaming. Solid evidence of their advanced technology can be noticed in their controllers. By combining the technology of a Raspberry Pi and your console controller of choice, you can customize your gaming experience like never before. This project focuses on upgrading an Xbox controller but once you understand the basics, there’s plenty of options to choose from. There is some wire stripping involved so make sure you have the proper tools available before starting, along with cables and a power supply. If you have advanced skills, it’s possible to add Wi-Fi capabilities to your hacked controller as well.
26. PiTelephone – Raspberry Pi retro dial phone
It’s never been easier to talk to someone on the phone across the globe but why not use your Raspberry Pi to add a little retro flair to your conversations? There’s no need for a phone jack. Just hook up your Raspberry Pi to a retro dial-up telephone and experience the magic of rotary. There are several steps to this project, including replacing the microphone and earpiece in the phone with parts from a headset, programming your Pi to count pulses, and configuring the ring frequency. The final part of the project will require a little research on your part. Not all VOIP services are compatible with this type of device. But once you find one that works, you’ll be able to enjoy seamless conversations with a vintage twist.
27. Pi in the Sky
Most people end up using a Pi Camera instead of a “regular camera” as it’s low cost, weighs very little and is able to send live images. This way, even lost flights can still produce fantastic images!
28. How to make a Raspberry Pi Case
The Raspberry Pi’s technology and potential is beautiful but for some users, its raw appearance can be a bit distracting. If you would prefer a more seamless presence of your Raspberry Pi, this project will show you how to build your own case. There’s an included download if you just want to copy this project’s design, but the instructions are designed to empower you to brainstorm and develop your own unique Raspberry Pi case. This particular design includes instructions for both a viewing window and light pipes so chose based on your experience and needs. With a case, you can leave your Raspberry Pi in a high-traffic area without it negatively affecting your environment or being exposed to danger.
29. Raspberry Pi LCD: How to Setup a 16×2 LCD Display
If you’re experienced with soldering, this is the project for you. You’ll need a Raspberry Pi, a micro SD card, an LCD display measuring 16×2 (complete with header pins), wire, and a few other components as needed to make this come to life. You’ll start with a bit of soldering, continue by connecting all the wires, and do a bit of coding. You’ll then have your own portable LCD display for work, play, or to show off to your friends. Once you have the main display finished, you can consider adding sensors to measure temperature or modifying scripts to display time or other relevant information.
30. Vending Machine
This Raspberry Pi project took place in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Utah State. The goal of the project was to refurbish a vending machine that was no longer in use by replacing necessary mechanical components and developing a Raspberry Pi touchscreen interface. This project doesn’t have to be all about earning the highest grade though. A quick Internet search can yield you an outdated vending machine and with a little elbow grease and your Pi, you can have your own personal vending machine for show. This tutorial contains everything you need, including a hardware list and software.
31. How to Build a Raspberry Pi Radio Transmitter
If you’re looking for a quick Raspberry Pi project, this is it. Combine your Raspberry Pi with an SD card, a jumper cable, and an FM radio and you’ll have a radio transmitter that’s unique yet fully functional. Once you’re all connected, just a little bit of typing is all it takes to start transmitting crystal clear audio. The entire process takes less than half an hour and once you’re ready, you can learn how to make a playlist and use your Raspberry Pi Transmitter for your audio pleasure whenever your ears demand it.
32. Raspberry Pi Solar Data Logger
This project requires a little more skill than a starting Raspberry Pi project but the extra labor is well worth the effort. Once complete, you’ll have a solar data logger that’s just as efficient, if not more, than expensive store models. The Raspberry Pi works as a data processing and uploading system that’s fed information via sensors in the unit. This data is uploaded to a web server for easy access and storage. This is a great setup for any home but is also ideal for off the grid living. Once you have the main setup complete, there are several upgrade options, include measuring gas usage and saving data on a local database.
33. Raspberry Pi – WAN Emulation
There are several free options out there when it comes to WAN emulation. But why go through the headaches of shady setups when you can make your own portable emulator with a Raspberry Pi? You only need a Raspberry Pi, a case, a power supply, an SD card, one or two USB network adapters, and Raspian Lite. After a bit of downloading and coding, you’ll have an emulator that’s portable and reliable. This is not for the beginner. Make sure you understand the coding or you might permanently delete important files or data during the process.
34. H2O IQ
Gardening is a therapeutic hobby…when it goes well. Abundant sunshine and excellent soil can’t make up for the damage that too little or too much water can do to a plant. This innovative Raspberry Pi project makes monitoring soil moisture levels as easy as can be. It features a solar-powered device that, when placed into a gardening plot, can alert gardeners to whether the moisture level is too high or too low. It’s also designed to activate automatic watering devices if desired. The Raspberry Pi works as a webservice, connecting directly with the device in the garden. It keeps track of watering history and can control an automatic watering schedule. While this product was never officially tested, it can help put you on the path to the perfect garden with a little trial and error.
35. Picture taker computer
Here’s a fun project that can be great for home use or at large functions. Everyone’s familiar with photo booths but they’re not necessarily a take-and-go device. But by using a Raspberry Pi, some sort of button or switch, and a camera, you can create your own virtual photo booth for fun at home or to use at weddings or parties, saving a ton of money in photo booth rental fees. Simply hit the button, pose for the camera, and check out your pictures saved to a local directory. There’s room for improvement with this project, but it provides plenty of entertainment as is.
36. Raspberry Jolt, My Mini Nerf Gun Robot
37. Cloud Lamp
Imagine waking up every morning and having the day’s vital information communicated to you through calming lights. This was the inspiration behind the Cloud Lamp. Though there are plenty of information sources you could use, the Raspberry Pi makes this a versatile project that can be tweaked to meet your preferences. You’ll need a standard ceiling fan, a strong power supply, plenty of LED light strings, and the skills to make a custom lampshade. Once it’s all configured, your Cloud Lamp will be able to communicate your home status, weather, or reports via colors and light sequences as programmed.
38. My Embedded Music Player and Sound Server
Your Raspberry Pi can help you create a music experience like no other. This project shows you how to build an acrylic case to house your Pi and equip it with an attached USB hard drive with all your favorite music. You’ll be able to control every aspect of your music, including choosing your song, playing, stopping, and adjusting the volume through the control panel. You’ll also be able to see your music selection on the LCD display. Hook it up to your favorite speaker system and you can enjoy your favorite tunes in one room or your entire house.
39. Beer monitoring with my raspberry pi
If you’re lucky enough to have a beer brewing station in your own home, you know that one of the hardest aspects of the process is keeping the room at the correct temperature and controlling humidity. You might be able to monitor these levels when you’re home but what can you do when you’re away? Instead of letting your latest brew go to waste, monitor your space with this Raspberry Pi project. You’ll find that it’s a quick and easy way to set up a device that sends and logs data capable of being monitored anywhere. There’s room for upgrades with this project if you can enable the device to not just monitor temperature and humidity but automatically adjust these levels as needed.
40.An MSF Atomic Clock for the Raspberry Pi
41. The Freeboard Project
The Raspberry Pi does great on land but what about on the open water? In this project, you’ll see how it can warn you of shallow waters ahead, be equipped with a built-in barometer, and communicate with other boats. You can even use it as a simple calculator when determining boat maintenance costs. No matter how you decide to use your Raspberry Pi on the water, it will quickly become your technical tool of choice. This project isn’t quite at perfection yet but it’s a great resource if you want to configure your Pi for the deep seas.
42. DIY Lync Status Light
Here’s a fun project that produces what has been labeled as a “beakn” by the designer. It’s essentially a Lync status light. You’ll need a few unique supplies, like a ping pong ball and cardboard box, along with some standard Raspberry Pi project materials like LED lights, a breadboard, and a resistor. The basics of this project include a Windows desk application that sends messages to an MQTT broker when your status is updated and a hardware app that responds to these messages and lights up the appropriate color. This is a fun project that’s sure to start a few conversations
43. DIY 5 Node Cluster of Raspberry Pi 3s
project, you could still have a cluster on your desk by purchasing the tiny ClusterHAT.
44. WiFi Internet Radio
What’s better than a Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi Internet radio? A cardboard version that you can decorate yourself, of course. Gather some inspiration from the completed radio in this project and then set out to make your own. You’ll find a complete list of hardware and a GPIO pin map. Design your box around the pieces, decorate as desired, and you’re good to go. If you don’t have a go-to streaming radio station, there’s a link to a list of great stations to try out.
45. Control Stepper Motors With Raspberry Pi
The name of this project is Control Stepper Motors with Raspberry Pi. But let’s be honest. It was designed to show you how to build robots using stepper motors. To make it happen, you’ll need to use a motor drive board, stepper motor, Raspberry Pi, wires, and a programming language. This is how you’ll get the motion of the motors you need. There’s some basic information included in this article but you’ll love all the resources you can skim through to get what you need to fill in the blanks.
46. Expanding the Raspberry Pi with PiFace and Pi Rack
Though it’s impressive, the Raspberry Pi has its limitations. Meet PiFace, an add on for your Pi that provides two changeover relays, eight open-collector outputs, eight digital inputs, and four switches. It sits on top of the Pi and can take your projects up a few notches. Unfortunately, if you use a standard size Pi case, it will no longer fit if you have the PiFace accessory attached. If you want to learn more about PiFace, take a look at this tutorial which will show you how to operate a light switch with your new accessory.
47. LCD Chip P017(serial) & P018(I2C)
Here’s a detailed guide that doesn’t only provide instructions for this project but plenty of valuable information. The project shows you how to build an LCD chip on a Raspberry Pi, along with a few other variations. What makes this particular design unique is that it has three PWM back light outputs. This means you can use it with just one back light for the display or utilize a red, green, and blue back light design. You’ll find everything you need, including software and answers to common questions in the tutorial.
49. RasTherm – A Smart Thermostat
A smart thermostat can not only ensure that your living environment is comfortable but it can also save you money. By knowing when to change the temperature, based on a variety of variables, you can take one less chore off your plate without worrying about your utility bill. This Raspberry Pi version has a built-in clock, seven-day programming for both heating and cooling modes (programmable on a per-day basis), a touch-friendly control panel, an outdoor temperature display, and the ability to be controlled through text commands. There’s a lot that goes into this project and because it controls some of the most important appliances in your home, make sure you understand all aspects of the project before trying it.
Disclaimer from the creator: The solution should only be seen as an example of the implementation to give ideas to others, and not as a ready-to-implement complete solution.
50. Retransmitting Alarm System State Changes with Raspberry Pi and Arduino
This Raspberry Pi project was inspired by an earlier design that allowed an alarm system to be connected to an Arduino and a custom board. This simulated the phone line, which would send a text message in case an alarm was triggered. However, this wouldn’t report every type of alarm so the Raspberry Pi version was born. This project came with its own set of issues, all which are documented in this tutorial so that you can both prevent and learn from them. In the end, you should end up with an extra layer of protection as your home alarm system will notify you of any disturbances.