Raspberry Pi, the small, single-board computer, was first launched in the UK in 2012. In the eight years that have passed, the single-board computer market has grown rapidly and is now predicted to be worth $3.8 billion by 2027.
In line with this growth, the Pi microcomputer has been remodelled and upgraded. Now in its fourth generation, Raspberry Pi has all the features that the original Pi offered and more, thanks to the various RAM sizes that come with this latest model.
By searching the selection available at outlets such as OKdo, it’s possible to see at a glance what each version has to offer. But whichever version you have, whether it’s the original Pi or the latest edition, there are plenty of projects to use it for. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are four top ideas to try with your Pi.
1. Host a WordPress site
Using your Pi to host your own website will give you the chance to explore all that your Pi has to offer. Here, you’ll learn the basics of Linux, as well as how to use a MySQL, PHP and Apache software stack.
Once you’ve gotten to grips with these different elements, you’ll find that you have a functioning WordPress site that you can use for your own content. So, it’s a lasting project that you can work with once it’s built.
2. Control Christmas tree lights
Christmas is just around the corner. For a fun project, why not indulge in an interactive Christmas tree by introducing a Raspberry Pi light show? This might not work for every home, but if you have the capacity, the overall effect can be worth the work.
You’ll need a Falcon Pi player controller, a USB drive, JST connector, and a projector. The videos play on screens that you prop at the foot of the tree, while the lights dance above.
3. Your child’s first computer
Schools have introduced Raspberry Pi into their computing lessons and there’s a good reason why. From simple projects to basic coding, these tiny computers are ideal for tinkering if your child’s in primary school or for building full programmes if they’re in high school.
4. Monitoring security
As well as fun activities, the Pi is also handy for securing your computer network. Pi Hole, for instance, is an open source security project that filters and blocks malicious traffic.
You can also build a security operations dashboard using the Raspberry Pi. This allows you to tap in and monitor your dashboard in real time.
Whether you need to solve a problem or you’re adding something fun to your home setup, there are many applications for you to explore with the Raspberry Pi. Be sure to look at the sensors, add-ons, and additional software to see how to take your project to the next level.