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Robotic waiter learning to serve drinks

Reading Time: 2 minutes The maker of this robotic waiter had almost all of the parts for this project just sat around collecting dust on a shelf. We’re delighted they decided to take the time to pick up the few extra bits they needed online, then take the extra hour (just an hour?!) to write a program in Python […]

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Raspberry Pi makes your retro analogue camera digital

Reading Time: 3 minutes Befinitiv has built a custom film cartridge, using a Raspberry Pi Zero W, that turned their gorgeous old analogue camera into a digital one, and enabled it to take digital photos, videos, and even wirelessly live stream to the Internet. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DdQN0NVVT0?start=139&feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] A quick, simple build video for a smooth-running project The analogue camera they […]

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Translate dog barks with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 3 minutes I speak English. Super well. And I can read the rough, overall vibe of writing in French. I can also order beer and taxis in Spanish. Alas, my dog can do none of these things, and we are left in communication limbo. I try asking them (in English) why they’re so mean to that one […]

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Raspberry Pi Zero makes a xylophone play itself

Reading Time: 3 minutes When maker Stéphane (aka HalStar) set about building this self-playing xylophone, their goal was to learn more about robotics, and to get hands-on with some mechanical parts they had never used before, in this case solenoids. They also wanted to experiment with Raspberry Pi to build something that reflected their love of music. This automated […]

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Raspberry Pi Zero W turns iPod Classic into Spotify music player

Reading Time: 4 minutes Recreating Apple’s iconic iPod Classic as a Spotify player may seem like sacrilege but it works surprisingly well, finds Rosie Hattersley. Check out the latest issue of The MagPi magazine (pg 8 – 12) for a tutorial to follow if you’d like to create your own. Replacement Raspberry Pi parts laying inside an empty iPod […]

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Low-cost Raspberry Pi Zero endoscope camera

Reading Time: 3 minutes Researchers at the University of Cape Town set about developing an affordable wireless endoscope camera to rival expensive, less agile options. Endoscopic cameras are used to look at organs inside your body. A long, thin, flexible tube with a light at the end is fed down your throat (for example), and an inside view of […]

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Remotely monitor freezer temperatures with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 3 minutes Elizabeth from Git Tech’d has shown us how to monitor freezers and fridges remotely with a temperature sensor and Raspberry Pi. A real-time temperature monitor dashboard lets you keep an eye on things, and text message alerts can be set up to let you know when the temperature is rising. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSwVGgmGjhU?feature=oembed&w=500&h=281] The idea came […]

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Wes’s wonderful Minecraft user notification display

Reading Time: 3 minutes This Minecraft sign uses a Raspberry Pi to notify you when, and how many of, your friends are logged into your dedicated Minecraft server. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8t-YJFhpH_4?feature=oembed] Let’s start by pointing out how wonderfully nostalgic many of Wes ‘Geeksmithing’ Swain’s projects are. From his Raspberry Pi–housing cement Thwomp that plays his favourite Mario games to The […]

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These loo rolls formed a choir

Reading Time: 2 minutes Have all of y’all been hoarding toilet roll over recent weeks in an inexplicable response to the global pandemic, or is that just a quirk here in the UK? Well, the most inventive use of the essential household item we’ve ever seen is this musical project by Max Björverud. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gf6pai97n2o] Ahh, the dulcet tones […]

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Track your cat’s activity with a homemade speedometer

Reading Time: 3 minutes Firstly, hamster wheels for cats are (still) a thing. Secondly, Bengal cats run far. And Shawn Nunley on reddit is the latest to hit on this solution for kitty exercise and bonus cat stats. Here is the wheel itself. That part was shop-bought. (Apparently it’s a ZiggyDoo Ferris Cat Wheel.) Smol kitty in big wheel […]

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Create your own home office work status light with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you’re working from home and you have children, you’re probably finding it all pretty demanding at the moment. Spreadsheets and multiple tabs and concentrating aren’t nearly so manageable without the dedicated workspace you have at the office and with, instead, small people vying relentlessly for your attention. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh4f9AYRCZY] And that’s not to mention […]

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Resurrecting a vintage microwave sensor with Raspberry Pi

Reading Time: 3 minutes Here’s one of those lovely “old tech new spec” projects, courtesy of hackster.io pro Martin Mander. After finding a vintage Apollo microwave detector at a car boot sale, and realising the display hole in the top was roughly the same size as a small Adafruit screen, he saw the potential to breath new life into […]

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Stay busy in your Vault with a Raspberry Pi Zero Pipboy

Reading Time: 2 minutes While being holed up in the Vaults living off our stash of Nuke cola, we’ve come across this mammoth junk-build project, which uses Raspberry Pi Zero W to power a working Pipboy. Pipboy scrap build No Description UK-based JustBuilding went full Robert House and, over several months, built the device’s body by welding together scrap […]

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Building a split mechanical keyboard with a Raspberry Pi Zero controller

Reading Time: 3 minutes Looking to build their own ergonomic mechanical split keyboard, Gosse Adema turned to the Raspberry Pi Zero W for help. So long, dear friend Gosse has been happily using a Microsoft Natural Elite keyboard for years. You know the sort, they look like this: Twenty years down the line, the keyboard has seen better days […]