Category Archives: Customer Projects

Monitor Appliances with Raspberry Pi

We use many appliances to help us around the house and office. However, most of them are not smart enough to inform us when they have finished the chore allotted to them. That means we have to leave whatever we are doing at intervals to check and monitor the state of the appliances. This reduces our efficiency for doing important work requiring long stretches of concentration. All this can be set right if you have the single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) readily available. You can program Read more [...]

How to Host XBee Sensors with the Raspberry Pi

Hosting sensors on the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) is so simple because the GPIO pins are all available. As most sensors need very little supporting components, hosting multiple sensors on your RBPi is possible. For instance, RBPi can simultaneously host multiple sensors for temperature, pressure, humidity, and other parameters for sampling atmospheric conditions from a weather station. However, the RBPi does not support digitals signals on its GPIO pins. This is one reason the RBPi is so inexpensive. Read more [...]

Name Badge with the Raspberry Pi

For people who interact a lot with others, it helps to build relationships if there is a small gizmo available as a handout. Apart from being a conversation starter, this could also be an advertiser for that upcoming project or story. Most people relish being handed a freebie, and a programmable one-off gadget is one of the best. These were the exact thoughts running through Rob Reilly’s mind when he got a tiny color LCD for Christmas. He conceived the idea of a programmable name badge, as that Read more [...]

A Raspberry Pi Computer in an Altoids Tin

Although Altoids, a brand of breath mints, has its origin in the UK, it is less widely available there than it is in the US. The mints come packaged within a distinctive tin case, which people commonly reuse for different purposes, mainly as a container for small household items such as sewing materials, coins, paper clips, among many other items. DIY enthusiasts often find the tins eminently suitable to contain electronic projects. For instance, Texas Instruments makes the BeagleBones, a single Read more [...]

A Drone-Disabler with the Raspberry Pi

Drones or quad-copters are now affordable, and it is possible to record unique perspectives using their high quality video transmissions. The FAA calls them the unmanned aircraft systems, and these have started posing new challenges to security, safety, and privacy. Experts have started cautioning pilots to consider the implications of the increase in drone usage. Apart from constant surveillance concerns, it is possible for hackers using roving drones to collect location information from mobile Read more [...]

Raspberry Pi Goes Binocular

This project uses the popular single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi) and a spare pair of binoculars to view and take pictures. The LCD on the RBPi is touch enabled to make it easy to capture the images. To start with, you will need the appropriate Operating System for the RBPi. Download the Wheezy Raspbian OS from the Adafruit site, which will make it easy to interface the 2.8” TFT LCD with a capacitive touchscreen from Adafruit. Once download is complete, unzip the image and install Read more [...]

Annoy-Pi: Using the Raspberry PI to Annoy Others

Most of us, as children, have made several attempts at annoying our neighbors. The electronically inclined have attempted circuits producing random chirps, which when hidden in cupboards, produced the most annoying effects. Another was a tiny coin-cell battery operated beeper that produced a beep every minute or so, designed to make people go crazy. Now, you can use the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), the popular single board computer, and try different programs to see which of them can produce the most annoying Read more [...]

Brixo, Toaster & Jet Pack: Crowdfunded Hardware Designs

New Crowdfunded Hardware Designs If you possess an inventive streak, there are various places from where you can draw inspiration for your next big idea. Hardware designs on sites such as the Crowd Supply, Indiegogo, and Kickstarter can provide a spark to fire up your imagination and trigger a series of thoughts to lead you to your next discovery. Some inexpensive favorites are given below. Legos on Steroids – Brixo Brixo presents blocks similar to and compatible with those made by Lego, Read more [...]

Pi-Top: Convert your Raspberry Pi into a Laptop

Although we call the Raspberry Pi or RBPi as a single board computer and it is small enough to fit in your pocket, it is hardly useful as a computer when you are on the move. This is mainly because the SBC comes without a keyboard, display, and mouse, intended to keep the costs down. However, if you are interested in turning your RBPi3 into a laptop, there is the Pi-Top. You get everything necessary to turn your $35 single board computer into a laptop. For instance, you get a 13.3” HD LCD screen Read more [...]

Does the NexDock Work With The Raspberry Pi 3?

Although smartphones are getting smarter all the time, some of their landmark features limit their use as a laptop, two of them standing out prominently. One is the lack of a full-fledged keyboard and the other, a reasonably sized display screen. Therefore, although the smartphone has nearly the same computing powers as your laptop, it fails to compete successfully with a laptop or netbook. To remedy the situation, you can take recourse to the lapdock. This is a mobile docking station with a built-in Read more [...]