What is A Raspberry Pi And What Can You Do With It?

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Learn Raspberry Pi projects you can build on your own.

Much to the chagrin of many foodies Raspberry Pi isn’t a delicious berry dessert. It’s actually a low cost, credit-card sized computer that you plug into a TV or computer monitor (hashtag nifty). It uses a standard keyboard and mouse and it can help anyone from newbie to novice with coding, programming and general computer exploration. Oh, almost forgot, it’s affordable ($35) too.

What is a Raspberry Pi? from Raspberry Pi Foundation on Vimeo.

So, you’ve got your Raspberry Pi now what? Get ready for endless possibilities that are only limited by your own imagination. To get those creative juices flowing take a peak at how other Raspberry Pi programmers are using the tech. Here are some of the Raspberry Pi projects that you can replicate.

Sync music with Christmas lights

Programmer Chivalry Timbers hooked up his Pi to a house-sized set of relays and Christmas lights and set it to a backdrop of festive music. Add speakers and an amplifier and kabam — music synced to lights. If you’re inspired to set-up your own system you can find software, hardware and instructions on Chivalry Timbers blog, plus video and photos too.

Make a digital media panel

Sure you can go down to Brookstone or Best Buy and shell out a wad of cash for a digital picture frame, but why bother when you’ve got a Pi. Entrepreneur and engineer, Andy Jagoe, used his Pi and few extra pieces of hardware to construct an uber functional digital media panel. The panel can be used to show photos, play videos, check the weather and more. Learn how to make your own.

Build a home automation system

Mesh your Pi with Arduino, an open source tool for making computers control and sense more of the physical world than your desktop, and sky’s the limit. You can combine the two to set-up a home system that will turn the lights on and off, adjust the thermostat and more.

There are hundreds of other imaginative uses of Pi. What are some of your favorites? Have you launched a Pi project? Tell us about it.

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