Looking for Inspiration?
Herein you will find a catalog of notable projects that have been built with a Raspberry Pi.
Australian Projects that you could try at home
[toggle title=”Internet-Enable your automatic gate opener” opened=”no” ]Dale Sharp has a short video showing how a Raspberry Pi with PiFace Digital Expansion board can be used to open your automatic gate.
Most gates control units have a jumper pair that will signal to your gate to open or close when they are momentarily bridged. By wiring this into one of the relays on the PiFace, and running a password protected web server on the Raspberry Pi, Dale or his authorized guests can open his gate using their iPhone/Android.
It even provides some functionality you won’t find with any ordinary gate opener – it telnets to the other pi’s in the house and plays a wav files based on your username so we know who has arrived.
If you’re going to try this project, you’d want a PiFace Starter Kit and a Wireless Adapter for your Raspberry Pi. Then get programming!
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Michael from Kinglake West, Victoria has successfully setup his Raspberry Pi to run a web server that graphs the output of his home solar generating array.
International Projects you could try at home
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Allen Heard has written a 6-lesson plan of an introduction to Scratch where you can write Flap-pi (Flapa) bird on your pi.
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Instructables have written a fantastic guide for using the Raspberry Pi and the Camera module as a home WiFi Security Camera.
All the hardware you will need is available in one of the following two bundles at the store:
Standard Visual Light Camera Bundle: http://www.buyraspberrypi.com.au/shop/raspberry-pi-camera-bundle/
Infra Red Camera Bundle: http://www.buyraspberrypi.com.au/shop/raspberry-pi-noir-camera-bundle/
If you’re after an upgraded case, check out the Nwazet Pi Camera Case.
For instructions of how to set up your Camera, follow the instructions here:
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Do you miss those classic games on your favorite game console?
LifeHacker have put together a simple guide for running the Raspberry Pi to emulate your favorite old consoles:
Once you’re up and running (and hooked) using your favorite joystick or just a plain old keyboard, you can get creative and build an old-style game control interface by following Adafruit’s guide:
We don’t currently stock the joystick and buttons here in Australia, but please let us know if you’re interested in one, and if there’s sufficient demand we will get some with our next order from Adafruit.
If you are after more information, following resources will get you going:
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Simply by attaching a 200 mm piece of wire to GPIO pin #4, you can turn your Raspberry Pi into an FM transmitter.
This demo code will only play a mono .wav file, but with a bit of coding it could be used to create a baby monitor, play stereo mp3s, etc.
Details of how to do it, including working code is here:
If you’re starting from scratch, the things you will need from our store are:
A Raspberry Pi Starter Kit: http://www.buyraspberrypi.com.au/shop/product-category/kits/model-b-starter-kits/
Optionally, a GPIO reference card: http://www.buyraspberrypi.com.au/shop/gpio-reference-card/
And 200mm of plain wire.