The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card-sized single-board computer that plugs into a computer monitor or TV, and uses a standard keyboard and mouse, developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of promoting the teaching of basic computer science schools.
It is a capable little device that enables people of all ages to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python. It’s capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.
From a situation in the 1990s were most of the kids applying were coming to interview as experienced hobbyist programmers, the landscape in the 2000s was very different; a typical applicant might only have done a little web design.
Something had changed in the way kids were interacting with computers.
A number of problems were identified: the colonization of the ICT curriculum with lessons on using Word and Excel, or writing web pages;
The end of the dot-com boom; and the rise of the home PC and games console to replace the Amigas, BBC Micros, Spectrum ZX and Commodore 64 machines that people of an earlier generation learned to program on.
By 2008, processors designed for mobile devices were becoming more affordable, and powerful enough to provide excellent multimedia, a feature we felt would make the board desirable to kids who wouldn’t initially be interested in a purely programming-oriented device.
What’s more, the Raspberry Pi has the ability to interact with the outside world, and has been used in a wide array of digital maker projects, from music machines and parent detectors to weather stations and tweeting birdhouses with infra-red cameras. We want to see the Raspberry Pi being used by kids all over the world to learn to program and understand how computers work.
Here comes Top Collest applications of Raspberry-Pi
1) RPi UAV
just think of the possibilities!, The concept is brilliant, an RPi UAV or flying drone – Be inspired by Maggie () — possibly the first Raspberry Pi-powered quadcopter in the world.
2) Tablet computer
The end result might not give the iPad a run for its money but a number of modders are already working out how to pair the Pi with a touchscreen.
While not a straightforward task, modders have already identified LCD touchscreens and batteries that could be used. The main challenge seems to be keeping costs down and finding a touchscreen-enabled distro of Linux that works with the Pi’s ARM 11 processor.
And while it might lack the sleek lines of a MacBook Air, this idea for a Raspberry Pi laptop, or more accurately a Raspberry Pi computer crossed with a suitcase, is starting to take shape on the Raspberry Pi.org forums.
3) Synced Music And Christmas Lights
A programmer known as ChivalryTimbers programmed his Raspberry Pi to synchronize MIDI music and his Christmas lights. The programmer has since linked a way to do the same process, but with the more common mp3 music format. The thorough tutorial includes everything he needed for the project, including no less than 50 feet of electrical wire.
You can see his lights flashing to the tune of Star Wars in the video:
Why pay for a landline when you have a Raspberry Pi? That’s what this tutorial argues, and it shows you how to substitute Pi and Google Voice for your current landline provider. You can make free calls, but it’s important to note that you won’t have the ability to make 911 emergency calls with this tutorial. But that’s what your smartphone is for.
This system uses a Raspberry Pi to monitor household electricity consumption. Using a wireless electricity monitor, data is collected and plotted onto a graph so the homeowner can view and assess which of their household products, be it a computer or a washing machine, is using up the most energy.
6) Door-answering system
The door answering system won the primary school prize for The Richard Pate School. This system was developed to help old or disabled people answer their door. Using a wireless keypad, which hangs around the person’s neck, they can use it anywhere in their house to unlock their door or send a message to the person standing outside. The system also allows the person waiting at the door to enter a code on a keypad and enter straight away.
7)Raspberry running device
The idea behind its device was that it makes it easy to time laps and upload the results of each session to a special website for everyone to view. At the end of each lap, the runner taps the Raspberry Pi with their tag, which logs their time. The idea is for runners to view their time and have a little bit of friendly competition with each other.
Google Glass may be slowly making the transition from uber-nerdy bit of kit to chic accessory, but personally, we’re quite excited about Will Powell’s attempt at making real-time translation glasses. These smart specs work by combining Vuzix video eyewear with a few Raspberry Pis and an iPhone and iPad to allow for one person speaking one language to effectively communicate with someone speaking a different language, with translations provided by Microsoft’s Bing. Whilst we can’t vouch for the veracity of the aforementioned service, it certainly is a promising effort.
If you’re a frustrated pyromaniac, you’ll love this little hack by Chris Marion, which utilises propane fire poofers, Guitar Hero, and of course, a Raspberry Pi to make Fire Hero! As the player strums away, flames shoot up into the air with each corresponding key stroke. The system is controlled by a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino, with a server running on the Pi and allowing a remote computer to control the system. The Pi sends commands over serial to the Arduino, which switches solid state relays that actuate the valves. 19 year old Marion says he dreamt up all this up during class – and, whilst a little less wholesome than the Foundation perhaps envisioned, proof that kids really are getting excited about computing with the help of the Pi.
10)Now Design your own arcade machine
Homemade gaming table tutorials have been doing the rounds for a while – probably due to the fact that a good deal of today’s tech innovators were the ones hanging around the game machines back in the day. There’s a tonne of solutions out there that allow you to use the Pi to make your very own bespoke arcade fun – and, once you’ve invested in the initial hardware, you’ll never have to worry about running out of change again.
11) Untether Your 3-D Printer With a Raspberry Pi
If you’ve ever used a 3D printer you’ll know that they need regular calibrating to make sure that the output is accurate. You have to ensure that various parts are parallel and orthogonal to each other, or your 3D object is likely to come out wonky; things are moving around on three axes, and usually you’ll be doing that calibration by hand.
While most people still have trouble setting up an inkjet printer on a wireless network, a group of intrepid IT hackers are making big strides with far more advanced machines, using the tiny Raspberry Pi microcomputer to untether laptops from their 3-D printers.
Zachary Bales is an undergraduate studying electrical engineering and physics at Cal State Long Beach. He got into building a RepRap while acting as president of his engineering class. 3-D printing technology felt futuristic, but leaving a laptop attached to a printer for the duration of a modest five-hour print job seemed as dreadful as history class. So he tricked out his Prusa Mendel RepRap with a Raspberry Pi, a 7-inch touchscreen tablet, and some code from Github.
Here’s something I’ve been hoping one of you would produce for a while now. If you’ve got kids, you’ll know that many baby monitors are disgustingly expensive bits of kit, whose price remains as high as it is in a pretty unpleasant bit of exploitation of the fear and worry that every new parent experiences. Matt Kaar, a Pi owner from Virginia, make his own networked, high-fidelity monitor from a Pi and a USB microphone. He’s very pleased with the results: “You can hear a pin drop.” You can follow Matt’s detailed instructions on his website if you’d like to make your own.
13) Google TV Using RaspberryPi
Turned out that Google is also doing its own thing for the 10-foot screen. Google announced 2 versions of their famous new TV, the first is called the Buddy Box which is currently an expensive box manufactured by Sony and the second is an Integrated TV built right into the TV set that will be announced soon.
to build your own Google TV click here.
14) Home automation
Too lazy to press a light switch? Can’t be bothered to open the curtains in the morning? Then the Raspberry Pi could be just what you’re waiting for.
Doing the rounds are various Pi-based home automation projects, which hope to use the board as a ZigBee home automation server.
ZigBee systems can be set up to support a range of tasks, including remote controlled air conditioning and lighting, and checking whether doors are open or closed.
Combine a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino, and a Node.js program, and you’ve got an efficient way to control and monitor any device in your home that runs on AC power. You could turn your lights or TV on and off, or if you want to get more advanced with parts and programming, set up the Pi to turn lights off when it senses a temperature shift.
Tired of carrying around a smartphone that you didn’t build with your own hands? Soon your worries may be over.
Hacker Dave Hunt has built a working smartphone out of a Raspberry Pi, a touchscreen, a GSM module, a battery, and a few other components. The end result is a DIY smartphone which you can build for about $158 in parts… and that includes $40 for a Raspberry Pi model B.
He calls it the PiPhone.
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