Some projects I’ve built with the Raspberry Pi

Magic Mirror

I’m using this as an Intranet, linked to a couple of personal Google calendars. (Never get bin day wrong again!)
Mine also shows current weather, weather forecast, news headlines, inspirational quotes, and a countdown to an an event of my choice.
Many other modules are available, here.
The ultimate idea is to mount it in portrait mode with mirrored glass, in a frame with most of the monitor casing removed.
As I have nowhere to put such a build, I’m not taking that route. Viewable on any LAN attached device.
STATUS: LIVE, running now.

PiAware Skyview

A Pi 3, employed to help improve accuracy on Flightaware.
Living close to London Gatwick (LGW), and with a nephew training to be a commercial pilot, this was an obvious project.
From a tiny antenna mouthed high in the loft space, it’s feeding valuable data, reporting an average of over 400,000 aircraft positions a day, at a range of over 200 miles.
With no way to mount an external antenna, hopefully with a bigger antenna in the loft, the data range and quantity should increase.
Build one yourself here
Check the current stats and status of my setup here.
STATUS: LIVE, running now.


Pi Radio

I built this on a Pi ZeroW at first, and later converted it to a Pi3. The Pi ZeroW worked perfectly well, but when the HDMI failed on a Pi3, I thought this was a great use for it. The IQ Audio DAC is an excellent addition. Currently house in a small cardboard box.
STATUS: This project is LIVE and ready to go, although many Bauer Media streams seem to be corrupted.

Pi Cam The Pi can be enhanced with its own camera, but that’s incompatible with motion.conf, so I’m using a USB webcam.
STATUS: LIVE, running now.

ISS Above   Brilliant! Paid-for ISO image that tracks the ISS. Even better  with the addition of the Pimoroni PiGlow.
Would be better if it were to run as a server, to be viewed on any LAN attached device.
STATUS: Not always on, but quickly setup when wanted.

AIY   Built from the free kit supplied with the Mag Pi magazine #57 Designed for Pi3, I swapped it for a Pi ZeroW.
STATUS: No longer running. I think Google moved the API goalposts.

Mote:  4 x 16 RGB LED sticks and a host controller. Found instructions to add a FLASK server for GUI control. Routered grooves into IKEA Ivar shelving for a tidy installation.
STATUS: LIVE Running now

Blinkt!:  This is being used on a Pi ZeroW, to add rainbow LED patterns below our TV.  Controlled on a wireless remote mains socket, the python script runs at boot. Second Blinkt! added for extra LED entertainment.
STATUS: LIVE, running now.

3D Christmas Tree:   Supplied as a kit, this needed a bit of soldering and assembly. Some parts missing, quickly re-supplied by The Pi Hut. Controlled on a wireless remote mains socket, the python script runs at boot.
STATUS: (In storage until December. Obvs…)

Retro Pie Gaming! A Pi3 running as many early console games as you can shake a (joy)stick at. I’ve never been much of a gamer, but this is popular project so I gave it a go. Picked up a cheap controller from Maplin, burned the Retro Pie image to an SD card, installed some games ROMs, and off we go! You can even build yourself a fantastic Pimoroni desktop arcade console.
STATUS: Not currently running, but SD card Image backed up, could easily be brought back up for use.

Door and temperature logging.  An old Pi2, probably doing far too much work in an hostile environment. Kept in the garage, it monitored the garage and outside temperatures, and the garage door opening and closing. Through LAMP, it was recording all this data to a MySQL database. And thanks to someone on a forum somewhere, this is fed to the Magic Mirror project described above. lots of spurious door opening records which I can’t yet figure out how or why they are happening.
STATUS: No longer running, old R/Pi finally gave up.

LED Chaser  Just a bit of fun on a old Pi Zero, 15 LEDs in a short lump of conduit, doing various pretty sequences.
STATUS: Used only occasionally for testing.