Practical Raspberry Pi Projects

Practical Raspberry Pi Projects 2nd Edition

No matter your age or experience level, there's a Raspberry Pi Project for you, and in Practical Raspberry Pi Projects we're giving you everything you need to fire up your imagination and unleash your creativity. From hardware-based projects like building a Raspberry Pi-controlled car, through software projects like programming your own virtual assistant, all the way to advanced electronics projects that will see you building a Minecraft power move glove, car computer or quadcopter, we've got plenty here to keep you busy. Featuring: 10 practical Raspberry Pi projects - Follow along with our expert advice and kick-start your own amazing Raspberry Pi projects. Build a Raspberry Pi car computer - Make your own touchscreen navigation system that gives directions, local weather reports and plays music. Assemble a Minecraft power move glove - Create a piece of wearable tech with power moves assigned to each button. 20 Raspberry Pi hacking projects - Get the inside story on how to replicate the greatest Raspberry Pi hardware hacks.

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10 practical raspberry pi projects

From our time covering this incredible credit cardsized computer, it’s become clear there are two types of Raspberry Pi owners: those that use theirs and those that don’t. Whether it’s fear of the unknown, a lack of time or inspiration, when we ask people what they do with their Pi we’ll often hear that it’s still in the box. If that’s you, then you’re in the right place. In this feature we’ve handcrafted ten Raspberry Pi projects practically anyone can enjoy. These aren’t just a random selection of side-projects, though. These are practical ideas designed to help kick-start bigger and better things. Knowledge gained from one project can also be applied to another to create something completely new. For example, you could combine our Twitter and three-colour lamp tutorials to create…

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make music with the raspberry pi

What you’ll need Portable speakers Sonic Pi One of the major features of Scratch is its ability to teach the fundamentals of coding to kids and people with no computing background. For kids, its especially appealing due to the way it allows them to create videogames to interact with as part of their learning. In this kind of vein then, Sonic Pi teaches people to code using music. With a simple language that utilises basic logic steps but in a more advanced way than Scratch, it can either be used as a next step for avid coders, or as a way to create music for an Internet of Things or a robot. 01 Getting Sonic Pi If you’ve installed the latest version of Raspbian, Sonic Pi will be included by default. If you’re…

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raspberry pi voice synthesizer

What you’ll need Portable USB speakers python-espeak module eSpeak Raspbian (latest image) We’ve shown in previous issues how the Raspberry Pi can be used to power robots, and as a tiny computer it can also be the centre of an Internet of Things in your house or office. For these reasons and more, using the Raspberry Pi for text-to-voice commands could be just what you’re looking for. Due to the Debian base of Raspbian, the powerful eSpeak library is easily available for anyone looking to make use of it. There’s also a module that allows you to use eSpeak in Python, going beyond the standard command-line prompts so you can perform automation tasks. 01 Everything you’ll need We’ll install everything we plan to use in this tutorial at once. This includes the eSpeak…

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program minecraft-pi

What you’ll need Raspbian (latest release) Minecraft-Pi tarball Keyboard & mouse Internet connection Minecraft is probably the biggest game on the planet right now. It’s available on just about any format you can imagine, from PCs to gaming consoles to mobile phones. It should probably come as no surprise that it’s also available on the Raspberry Pi. While at first glance Minecraft-Pi is a simplified version of the Pocket Edition (designed for tablets and smartphones), the Raspberry Pi edition is very special, in that it’s the only version of Minecraft to gives users access to its API (application programming interface). In this project we’re going to show you how to set up Minecraft-Pi and configure it so you can interact with Minecraft in a way you’ve never done before. This small project…

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get interactive with scratch

What you’ll need Breadboard LEDs Buttons Resistors Jumper wires ScratchGPIO3 Scratch is a very simple visual programming language, commonly used to teach basic programming concepts to learners of any age. In this project we’ll learn how to light up an LED when a button is pressed in Scratch, and then change a character’s colour when a physical button is pressed. With these techniques you can make all manner of fun and engaging projects, from musical keyboards to controllers for your Scratch games and animations. 01 Installing the required software Log into the Raspbian system with the username Pi and the password raspberry. Start the LXDE desktop environment using the command startx. Then open LXTerminal and type the following commands: This will create a special version of Scratch on your desktop called ScratchGPIO3. This is…

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build a raspberry pi web server

What you’ll need Internet connectivity Web browser Google Coder We’re teaching you how to code in many different ways on the Raspberry Pi, so it only seems fitting that we look at the web too. There’s a new way to use the web on the Raspberry Pi as well: internet giant Google has recently released Coder specifically for the tiny computer. It’s a Raspbian-based image that turns your Pi into a web server and web development kit. Accessible easily over a local network and with support for jQuery out of the box, it’s an easy and great way to further your web development skills. 01 Get Google Coder Head to the Google Coder website, and download the compressed version of the image. Unpack it wherever you wish, and install it using dd, like any…