Tag Archives: Raspberry Pi

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

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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?

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

From Gehry Musicals to Cane Dewey – WIRed #111

It’s time for Episode 111 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses Frank Gehry the Musical, the awesome axial engine, the Game Boy Raspberry Pi Edition & the infamous “Cane Dewey” promo! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading From Gehry Musicals to Cane Dewey – WIRed #111

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!

Go Old-School w/ a DIY Keyboard Computer w/ a Raspberry Pi Computer

Most of the kids of the 1980s (and before) will remember the good old days when computers had built-in keyboards, such as the Apple II (which I remember my elementary school having a full supply of, and for playing Oregon Trail), or the Commodore 64 (which my daycare had one). That’ type of form factor has been duplicated by computer case modders many times over the years, but [Preamp]‘s project is the first one that uses the popular Raspberry Pi budget computer.  The Raspberry Pi is still popular and picking up momentum with a variety of DIY projects due to how open the hardware is to different operating systems. So if you’re looking for a way to build your own budget, old-school-style, computer-in-a-keyboard with a Raspberry Pi, the German blog [Preamp] shows you exactly how to do it, step-by-step.   Continue reading Go Old-School w/ a DIY Keyboard Computer w/ a Raspberry Pi Computer