November 28, 2014 AT 7:00 am

16 Raspberry Pi Model A+ Projects: perfect uses for the slimmer, cheaper computer #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi


lifehacker has a great post about 16 different projects for your Raspberry Pi A+.

The newest member of the Raspberry Pi family is here, and it’s cheaper and thinner than its predecessors—though it’s missing a few ports.

Our friends at Gizmodo’s Field Guide have rounded up some great projects perfect for this puppy.

The new Raspberry Pi is smaller, cheaper and more energy efficient—not a bad way to update a best-selling device.

Whether you’ve taken the plunge on one of the new units or you want to put the original model to good use, we’ve collected together some of the most fun Pi-based projects on the planet for you to have a crack at.

1. Stop motion camera

There are many ways to make use of the optional Pi camera module, and one of them is to set up a stop-motion-capable rig. Collect some Lego minifigs and you can be churning out custom-made movies in no time—as well as the Pi and the camera module, you’ll also need a solderless breadboard, jumper leads and a tactile button. Visit the Raspberry Pi site for the rundown.

2. Wireless access point

Extend the reach of your home Wi-Fi network and get connectivity into the dark zones of your home (or office) with the help of a Raspberry Pi—you could even set up a separate network for guests. You’re going to need an SD card and a USB Wi-Fi dongle to help complete the task, and a little coding is required to get everything set up correctly. See The MagPi for the instructions.

3. Touchscreen car dashboard

If you’re prepared to put in some time and effort, you can use a Raspberry Pi to create your very own touchscreen car dashboard, something that would cost hundreds of dollars off the shelf. It’s powered by the XMBC media center software, so you can play music, watch videos, browse through photos and more (just keep your attention on the road).Visit Instructables for details.

4. Robot butler

If you have a spare Nintendo Wiimote lying around you can use it and the Raspberry Pi to build your very own robot butler—the outer shape of the robot is up to you and whatever materials you have lying around. You’ll also need to acquire a robot chassis (so it can move around) and a motor controller to work through the project. Full instructions are available on the Raspberry Pi site.

5. Motion-sensing camera

Want to know who’s been in your home office while you’ve been out? Looking to capture some footage of squirrels invading your back yard? A Raspberry Pi-powered motion sensor camera could be the answer. You’ll need a parallax passive infrared (PIR) sensor and some basic coding chops but the finished gadget is worth the time investment. Instructables has a demonstration video.

See the full list here.

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