Raspberry Pi is a bargain micro PC (the size of a credit card) that was first released in 2012, with the recent generation being launched in mid-2019. This new technology has aroused the imaginations of most people, both tech experts, and novices. It is helping the general public to compute and stretch their innovative minds, from students, hobbyists, to artists. This development board is, without a doubt, a rebirth of the golden age of tech discovery, especially the early age of computers and computing.
There are many awesome uses for your Raspberry Pi and bearing in mind that you can acquire these versatile computers for as low as $35, there is no reason not to purchase one. They have RAM of 1GB and a slot for an SD card for external storage, so you can use it for many helpful projects at home. In this post, we focus on the home remedies that you can assemble with Raspberry Pi. The projects we have described are compatible with Raspberry Pi 4, although some of them are compatible with Raspberry Pi 3B or 3B+ among other older models.
You can make a Raspberry Pi-powered computer for your kid using the Kano Computer Kit. This kit has all the materials that you need to assemble your kid’s favorite gadget, without needing to be a tech expert. The kit also comes with helpful coding tutorials that you can use to learn basic programming. The tutorials are so adventurous and awesome that, if you teach a 10-year old kid how to do it, he/she will be assembling the computer without your supervision. This is a great way to inspire creativity and innovation in your young one. The full Kano Computer Kit will cost you less than $250, although you can get a screen-less one for less than $200.
Home automation systems
The Raspberry Pi is powerful enough to host a simple home automation application. It is an effective and easy way to have control over your home. Basically, the key point of installing such a system is so that you can control everything in your home, with an easy, secure automation system. If you want to be monitoring your home remotely, all you need is a Raspberry development board, and then attach onto it essential security items such as cameras and sensors. The raspberry pi allows the home user to control various devices and electronic appliances inside the house.
Portable game console
You don’t need a PSP if you already have a Raspberry Pi 4. This device allows you to make your own Pi portable game console, which is a more affordable version of the PSP. All you need is to charge your console using a PiJuice or a battery module and you will be able to enjoy playing games anywhere, everywhere without needing to break your bank for it.
Stop motion cameras
Do you love stop motion videos? If yes, do you know how to make one? Well, worry not because you can easily make one using a Raspberry Pi (actually, its GPIO), a dedicated camera module, an overhead for Gilliam-esque papercraft animation, and a plunger button (or a breadboard on which to mount a button) and you will be good to go. Some knowledge of the Python programming language is needed for optimal results. Note that images, in this case, can only be snapped using a Python script.
Home-made weather station
You can make a Raspberry-powered solar weather station at home. All you need for this Pi weather station a Raspberry Pi board and PiJuice. You can install sensors for different weather conditions e.g. a room’s temperature and the amount of humidity in the air. All the cables in the Pi station are waterproof, so you can comfortably use it outdoors. It can also survive off the grid so if you want precise weather calculations in your off-grid cabin, this is an important project to invest in.
You can turn your raspberry pi into a desktop PC, you will have to start by installing an OS such as Raspbian, and then install other useful gadgets such as a mouse, a keyboard, and a screen. If you can’t get your hands on a Raspbian operating system, you are at liberty to use any other OS that’s available for RPi.
You don’t have to struggle with poor Wi-Fi signal in the rooms farthest from the router. Use your Raspberry Pi as a Wi-Fi extender by installing on it a USB Wi-Fi adapter so that it can complement the Raspberry Pi’s built-in Wi-Fi in repeating the Wi-Fi signals to all corners of your home.
The uses for a Raspberry Pi are immense, all of which you can benefit from in your home without having to learn programming. However, if you are new to the Raspberry Pi, it is important that you learn a few Pi basics, e.g. how to install an RPi operating system.