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Possible Projects

Sun Jun 04, 2017 4:00 pm

Hi, I am new to the whole Raspberry Pi business and I am going to college for computer engineering so I would like to build a project in my free time and I think something with Raspberry Pi is going to be my route. But I don't exactly know what to build that is simple enough for a first timer but not too boring. So I am looking for suggestions for cool projects but that will also not break my bank.

Help is much appreciated


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Re: Possible Projects

Sun Jun 04, 2017 9:27 pm

Actually... If you want to get a leg up on your Computer Engineering major...

1. Learn Linux *well*. Learn as many commands as you can. Learn shell programming. Learn system admin.

2. Find out what programming language(s) they're going to start you out with and study those before you get there. (It was FORTRAN and ALGOL in my day...probably C or C++ now.)

3. IF you want to do some physical computing, start with the usual lights and buttons.

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Re: Possible Projects

Sun Jun 04, 2017 10:40 pm


Also see online back issues of the MagPi magazine:

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Re: Possible Projects

Mon Jun 05, 2017 12:40 am

Pi 3B has the most flexibility. Pi Zero and Zero W can be easily connected to another computer as a USB dongle. They both have the memory to run most software.

If you have spare computer bits, you can connect up old disks to build a NAS. Learn RAID and all that stuff.

You could look for software design tools, like Pencil, to see if they run on a Pi. Most coding examples are in Python with some examples in C. There are downloadable books on both. Ask your course director what languages and tools are used in your course. Find what will run on the Pi.

If C or C++ is one of the languages you will use in your course, there are projects using C to write at the device level and some of those projects are cheap. Pick an I2C sensor. A few dollars, some wire, resistors. you can measure and track some input.

Some of the camera projects are interesting. Recognising number plates, faces, etc. A useful skill.

With a camera, speaker, and some really simple AI, your Pi Zero could replace a few politicians. :-)

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