I love talking to people about Raspberry Pi, but quite often I hear people say, “I just bought a Raspberry Pi and I don’t know what to do with it!” I understand this dilemma. When I’m playing with a cool new technology that has so many possible uses, it can sometimes feel a bit paralyzing when the time comes to decide what to do with it. This is especially true when each project requires an investment of considerable time and resources. Like the paradox of Buridan’s ass, this means that many Raspberry Pis are left to gather dust on shelves and in drawers. We want to do our part to fix that.
If you have a Raspberry Pi that’s collecting dust, this post is for you. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite project ideas and applications that might inspire your next project on the Pi.
Eager to try Google Glass? With Raspberry Pi, you can create a custom heads up display for augmenting your own reality. Instructables user meztek walks you through how he made his own wearable computer.
The Raspberry Pi might be underpowered compared to today's computers, but it's perfectly suited to emulate the arcade machines and consoles of the past. Best of all, you can package up your own emulator into a small enclosure for gaming on the go.
Since the Raspberry Pi has a built-in audio output, it can be used to make synths, samplers, and other musical instruments. Pictured here, The Beet Box, which brings vegetable-based instruments to a whole new level.
Since the Raspberry Pi is so cheap and reloading a fresh copy of the operating system is relatively easy to do, you can throw caution to the wind and experiment with all those "what-ifs" you've wondered about. Push its processor to the limit, muck around in /dev, or make a creative fork bomb. You can always go back to square one. And if you've fried the Pi, well, it was only $35.