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Happy Birthday Raspberry Pi! Here’s Our Tutorial Toast To You #RaspberryPi @Raspberry_Pi

Adafruit raspberry 5th birthday blog

In honor of the Raspberry Pi’s big birthday weekend, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite pi-centric tutorials from over the last year from our Adafruit Learning System.

Keep in mind, these are only a few of the many pi guides we offer. To see more, go here!


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Adafruit Arcade Bonnet for Raspberry Pi: Playing retro games is easy on a Raspberry Pi – and the pocket computer is pretty good at it too! All you need is a little help to connect buttons and a joystick up and you can custom design your own arcade console, desktop or stand-up machine, even just a simple controller box. It makes for a fun weekend project that will last all year. (read full guide here)


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Instant Camera using Raspberry Pi and Thermal Printer: “Instant photography” with Polaroid cameras was a thing up through the 1990s until ubiquitous digital photography took hold…though, like vinyl music, the medium has since made a nostalgic resurgence.

In this project, we’ll replace chemical film with more modern electronic parts: a Raspberry Pi computer and camera paired with a diminutive thermal printer, all working off a battery. Press a button, get a print! (read full guide here)


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Digital Free Library – Share books with a WiFi access point: The Digital Free Library is a fun project that will allow you to create your own electronic library to share with others. Similiar to a Little Free Library but digital.

I decided to create this project so I could share my favorite digital magazines and projects with my neighborhood. Hopefully this will get others interested in electronics by showing them stuff they might not have know about.

We will be using a Raspberry Pi Zero and a WiFi adapter to create a hotspot that others can connect to and browse the digital books offered. (read full guide here)


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Raspberry Pi Zero NPR One Radio: This project started last summer when I was sniffing traffic from the NPR One iOS app with wireshark. After logging a bunch of requests, I thought it might be possible to create a simple radio using a Raspberry Pi, since I’m unable to get a decent FM signal from WYPR or WAMU. (read full guide here)


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Simple Raspberry Pi Robot: This is a fun project to build a simple robot using the Raspberry Pi and Adafruit’s awesome robot chassis kit. This robot is one of the simplest robots you can build and uses two DC motors to control a pair of wheels. A swivel caster in the front holds the robot up, and the Raspberry Pi with motor HAT controls the motors. (read full guide here)



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