Raspberry Pi-powered Star Trek Projects and Posts Roundup @StarTrek #StarTrek #piday #RaspberryPi @Raspberry_Pi
Here’s a collection of some of our favorite posts and other projects about two things that simply go great together: Raspberry Pi and Star Trek! I’m sure most readers out there have stories about both, and hopefully this collection of links inspires you to build your own Pi-Trek project!
This post from 2013 from Twin Cities Maker is still one of my favorite Star Trek-inspired panel builds for its simple, retro design:
It just so happens that I’m a member of a local Star Trek fan club, as well as a TCMaker board member. (I am a multi-purpose nerd.) For the past eight years the USS Nokomis has run a party room at CONvergence. Last year the hotel was remodeled, and an 8 foot long, marble-topped desk replaced a (somewhat) easily-removed armoire. Since we can’t get it out of the room, I came up with an idea to make it fit into our Original Series decor — turn it into a control panel.
(built for the Raspberry Pi and other Linux-based systems)
You’ve likely seen the video from 3 years ago of a simulated LCARS (Library Computer Access/Retrieval System) operating system using a Raspberry Pi – but have you seen the other implementations of LCARS, including touchscreen, running on a Nokia N9, and being used for home automation?
Another game, and granted this one isn’t pure-Trek, but it does invoke Spock’s Vulcan salute, and if you’ve ever played this version of the classic chance game you know the chances are much more equitable and random and even playful.
Instead of an oversized gadget that simulates what tricorders and other devices from the Star Trek universe were capable of, Element14 Community user balearicdynamics designed and built this MediTech case that actually is capable of measuring biometrics. These include body temperature, blood pressure, heart rate, and blood glucose – and other diagnostics. You can see the entire project documentation – and evolution – here, and it should be noted the maker was the winner of last year’s Sci-Fi Your Pi contest for this project!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.