The Raspberry Pi Zero W, NOW WITH Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Costs $10

The Raspberry Pi Zero is a great, tinier, $5 version of the Raspberry Pi that shrinks down the star of the original board to something resembling the size of a stick of gum. It was recently announced that the upcoming and updated Raspberry Pi Zero W, while including the same CPU and RAM as the original Pi Zero (even the Pi 1), NOW includes built-in Bluetooth and 802.11n Wi-Fi LAN — similar to the Pi 3 — for only $10! Continue reading “The Raspberry Pi Zero W, NOW WITH Wi-Fi & Bluetooth, Costs $10”

A Guide to Build Your Own Alexa Device with a Raspberry Pi from… AMAZON?!?

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What is this? Some kind of Raspberry Pi fan site?!? Well, with projects like this…….MAYBE?….. Anyway, the Amazon GitHub page has an incredibly detailed guide to getting the Alexa voice service up and running on a Raspberry Pi. Amazon’s guide does a great job of walking you through the set up process for this project, and it also features a full parts list so you can easily track down what you need.

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So, How Well Does RetroPie Game Emulation work with the Raspberry Pi 3?

Honestly, the most fun I’ve had on a Raspberry Pi project was turning my Pi B+ into a RetroPie retro game console and my Pi 2 into a Plex Media Server (which grabs content from my external hard drive connected to my Netgear router). By far, turning a Raspberry Pi into a RetroPie is possibly the most popular project for the affordable microcomputer. So with the release of the Pi 3, just HOW WELL does it perform compared to prior models? Luckily, we have videos for that! Continue reading “So, How Well Does RetroPie Game Emulation work with the Raspberry Pi 3?”

Make You Own Raspberry Pi-powered Smart Calendar & Notification Center for Agendas

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So, you got yourself a Raspberry Pi. You also got yourself a calendar for your home that’s full of agendas, dates, plans, etc. So, how about using that little awesome computer AS your household calendar? Instructables user ozua shows how you can take the Raspberry Pi and utilize it as a family agenda, weather forecasts, local events, and even live transport info. Continue reading “Make You Own Raspberry Pi-powered Smart Calendar & Notification Center for Agendas”

Don’t Forget to Try Windows 10 on your Raspberry Pi!

So, I’ve been playing around with Windows 10 Pro on my laptop, desktop, tablet, and work laptop for the past few weeks, and it’s been a smooth ride (sans the touchpad issue on the work laptop; no biggie, I just use a mouse for that).  There was talk earlier about a version of Windows 10 that would be compatible for use on the Raspberry Pi microcomputer, and now we finally have that version available to play around with. Continue reading “Don’t Forget to Try Windows 10 on your Raspberry Pi!”

Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Google Music Player

Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Google Music Player

Well crap; now I gotta buy ANOTHER Raspberry Pi….said no one in a disgruntled way EVER (since I currently has two; a B+ running RetroPie and a Pi 2 running Plex Media Server)!  Anyway, personally (and for MANY other people), Google Play’s a pretty easy way to get access to all your music. So, should you find yourself looking to build a tiny standalone device for playing that music, GitHub user fredley created a simple little front end piece of software that’s pretty easy to use. Continue reading “Turn a Raspberry Pi Into a Google Music Player”

The CHIP aims to become a $9 Raspberry Pi killer

I love my Raspberry Pi, and when it was first released it was GAME CHANGER when it hit shelves at only $35. But with the addition of other DIY micro-computers to ‘chip’ (wait for it) into the Pi’s market share, the CHIP (heh-heh, SEE?) is aiming to make the Pi look pricey by comparison. The CHIP’s Kickstarter campaign has already LONG eclipsed its $50,000 goal, and as of me scheduling this story its approaching $1,160,000. Similar to the Pi, CHIP is a fully functional computer with a tiny board that houses a 1GHz CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth, which is great enough to power a full-fledged (read ‘light-weight’) Linux desktop computer. If you’re a tech-minded tinkerer and DIYer, there are included I/O pins waiting for you, making the possibilities almost endless… Continue reading “The CHIP aims to become a $9 Raspberry Pi killer”

The Ultimate Arcade Machine…In a Raspberry Pi’ed Game Boy!

I’m telling you guys, I cannot get enough of these Raspberry Pi hacks! I’ve came across this hack project by DIYer and gamer John Hassl, in which he has given new life to the original, grey-bricked, green-lit monochromatic screened Game Boy, all thanks to the best little $35 microcomputer Raspberry Pi. This project features Hassl cramming the Pi into the case of an old-school Game Boy, and running retro game system emulator software on the Pi to give provide access to all your favorite classic game titles on the portable game system you and I know and love. Hassl even goes the extra step to hack on a few extra buttons around back of the case for use of playing games on some more modern system emulators. Continue reading “The Ultimate Arcade Machine…In a Raspberry Pi’ed Game Boy!”

How To Build Your Own Phone With a Raspberry Pi

Nowadays, you can just walk into any Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, and/or Verizon store and pick up a cell phone for free — or just on the cheap, at the very least –, however, if you’re more of the do-it-yourself, gadget-tinkerer type of person and wish to just build your own, then DIYer David Hunt has just the pet project for you.  Hunt himself used everyone’s favorite tech project device, the Raspberry Pi, to build his own phone, and he’ll show you how to do it too! Continue reading “How To Build Your Own Phone With a Raspberry Pi”

Developer Hacks Microwave with Raspberry Pi to Create AWESOMENESS!

You know, microwaves have been relatively unchanged since their original inception.  I mean, sure knobs changed to buttons, an LCD display was added, and the inclusion for preset heating durations made microwave use more convenient, but since we live in a world of computers, tablets, smartphones (where even REFRIGERATORS have built-in screens/tablets), the microwave gets ignored like the toaster; and it’s 2013! Until now. Developer Nathan Broadbent hacked his microwave to include voice commands, the ability to scan barcodes for pre-set cooking times and a self-setting clock! All thanks to his regular microwave and the Raspberry Pi microcomputer. Continue reading “Developer Hacks Microwave with Raspberry Pi to Create AWESOMENESS!”