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Meet SeedGerm: a Raspberry Pi-based platform for automated seed imaging

Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers at the John Innes Centre for plant and microbial science were looking for a cost‐effective phenotyping platform for automated seed imaging. They figured a machine learning-driven image analysis was the quickest way to deliver this essential, yet challenging, aspect of agricultural research. Sounds complicated, but they found that our tiny computers could handle it […]

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RetroPie booze barrel

Reading Time: 2 minutes What do we want? Retro gaming, adult beverages, and our favourite Spotify playlist. When do we want them? All at the same time. Luckily, u/breadtangle took to reddit to answer our rum-soaked prayers with this beautifully crafted beer barrel-cum-arcade machine-cum-drinks cabinet. We approve of this drink selection The addition of a sneaky hiding spot for […]

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Global sunrise/sunset Raspberry Pi art installation

Reading Time: 3 minutes 24h Sunrise/Sunset is a digital art installation that displays a live sunset and sunrise happening somewhere in the world with the use of CCTV. Artist Dries Depoorter wanted to prove that “CCTV cameras can show something beautiful”, and turned to Raspberry Pi to power this global project. Harnessing CCTV The arresting visuals are beamed to […]

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Give your voice assistant a retro Raspberry Pi makeover

Reading Time: 2 minutes Do you feel weird asking the weather or seeking advice from a faceless device? Would you feel better about talking to a classic 1978 2-XL educational robot from Mego Corporation? Matt over at element14 Community, where tons of interesting stuff happens, has got your back. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01OHLAjIXJE?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Watch Matt explain how the 2-XL toy robot […]

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Self-driving trash can controlled by Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 3 minutes YouTuber extraordinaire Ahad Cove HATES taking out the rubbish, so he decided to hack a rubbish bin/trash can – let’s go with trash can from now on – to take itself out to be picked up. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fdM2hHW8yA?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Sounds simple enough? The catch is that Ahad wanted to create an AI that can see when […]

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Raspberry Pi Off-World Bartender

Reading Time: 4 minutes Three things we like: Blade Runner, robots, and cocktails. That’s why we LOVE Donald Bell‘s Raspberry Pi–packed ‘VK-01 Off-World Bartender‘ cocktail making machine. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qc9lcwPjyWk?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] This machine was due to be Donald’s entry into the Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge, an annual event in San Francisco. By the time the event was cancelled, he was too deep […]

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Steampunk ‘Help is coming’ Raspberry Pi alert system

Reading Time: 3 minutes Tom Lee decided to combine his household with his sister-in-law during lockdown so that she could help him make childcare more manageable. The problem was, Tom’s household was a smidge frantic in the mornings, as the family struggled to be up and ready in time for his sister-in-law’s arrival. Enter this Raspberry Pi–powered tracking device, […]

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Teaching pigeons with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 4 minutes It’s been a long lockdown for one of our favourite makers, Pi & Chips. Like most of us (probably), they have turned their hand to training small animals that wander into their garden to pass the time — in this case, pigeons. I myself enjoy raising my glass to the squirrel that runs along my […]

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Remote teams ring office bell with Raspberry Pi and Slack

Reading Time: 3 minutes Bustling offices… remember those? It feels like we’ve all been working from home forever, and it’s going to be a while yet before everyone is back at their desks in the same place. And when that does happen, if your workplace is anything like Raspberry Pi Towers, there will still be lots of people in […]

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Mini Raspberry Pi Boston Dynamics–inspired robot

Reading Time: 2 minutes This is a ‘Spot Micro’ walking quadruped robot running on Raspberry Pi 3B. By building this project, redditor /thetrueonion (aka Mike) wanted to teach themself robotic software development in C++ and Python, get the robot walking, and master velocity and directional control. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-uzWG9Z-5E?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] Mike was inspired by Spot, one of Boston Dynamics’ robots developed […]

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Raspberry Pi calls out your custom workout routine

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you don’t want to be tied to a video screen during home workouts, Llum Acosta, Samreen Islam, and Alfred Gonzalez shared this great Raspberry Pi–powered alternative on hackster.io: their voice-activated project announces each move of your workout routine and how long you need to do it for. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxixpvTRhwk?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] This LED-lit, compact solution means you […]

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Raspberry Pi won’t let your watched pot boil

Reading Time: 3 minutes One of our favourite YouTubers, Harrison McIntyre, decided to make the aphorism “a watched pot never boils” into reality. They modified a tabletop burner with a Raspberry Pi so that it will turn itself off if anyone looks at it. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F1XSx-eaCAY?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] In this project, the Raspberry Pi runs facial detection using a USB camera. […]

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This Raspberry Pi–powered setup improves home brewing

Reading Time: 3 minutes We spied New Orleans–based Raspberry Pi–powered home brewing analysis and were interested in how this project could help other at-home brewers perfect their craft. Raspberry Pi in a case with fan, neatly tucked away on a shelf in the Danger Shed When you’re making beer, you want the yeast to eat up the sugars and […]

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Be a better Scrabble player with a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of our fave makers, Wayne from Devscover, got a bit sick of losing at Scrabble (and his girlfriend was likely raging at being stuck in lockdown with a lesser opponent). So he came up with a Raspberry Pi–powered solution! Using a Raspberry Pi High Quality Camera and a bit of Python, you can quickly […]