Imaginative readers shared their home tech projects here are some of our favourites, from their visionary solutions to the delightfully pointless
Solutions for a relatives Alzheimers disease, a time lapse camera and a gingerbread robot which dances when it detects a human face these are just some of the projects youve been telling us about after we asked you to show off your inventiveness with Raspberry Pi and other electronics platforms such as Arduino.
If youre a regular reader this idea may be familiar to you we also asked you to show us the Raspberry Pi projects youd been working on towards the end of 2015. Many of you responded to that by telling us how youd adapted and incorporated Arduino into your hardware projects so we widened the scope.
As well as the highlights below, you can see all of the projects youve shared so far and tell us about yours at this GuardianWitness page, or, discuss the ideas in the comments.
First up, one of many musical ideas youve been sharing. This piece of kit, explained in some detail below, could provide the soundtrack to the rest of this roundup
We also liked Ernest Warzochas Musi, an experimental instrument he hooks up to an Ableton Push.
This reader has created and modified an impressive-looking drone
Simone Dassi told us about another type of camera made with a Raspberry Pi one she says can take a multispectral photo that monitors the health of plant life.
The next idea that caught our eyes was from a reader looking for solutions to make life easier for a relative with Alzheimers disease
David also shared another of his projects here.
Now, time for a coffee break
If coffees your drink, you might also want to check out Alexabot which uses Amazon Alexa software combined with a Raspberry Pi robot to fetch this reader a cup on command.
Next, a game of virtual chess brought to life. Again, explained below the video
Gaming possibilities dont stop at chess, of course. Paul Bilan told us about his cute-looking mini arcade machine, and Claire Pollard shared the Formula Pi project, a racing series she commentates on.
Phew, time flies, eh were almost there
Cant figure out how to tell the time? Hint: count those birds As for whether its morning or afternoon, well, Kim Booth, who shared the project, says in a blogpost explaining the technicalities: You can look out of the window for that.
Finally (almost) could this retro-looking notification centre challenge the Amazon Echo?
You can read more about Martins project and see a video at his instructables page, here. Another notification system we liked was from James Dawson, who told us how hes using Raspberry Pi to modify an Amazon Dash button to text him when someones at the door.
As ever, thank you for your contributions. Other highlights include an off-grid eco campsite control system, a robot that helps teach robotics to those on a tight budget and a colour-tracking model owl. You can read about these and more at the dedicated GuardianWitness page.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/dec/22/quadcopters-to-alzheimers-solutions-readers-best-raspberry-pi-projects