The primary mission of the Raspberry Pi is to educate kids, but the Pi has proven useful outside of the classroom. The Pi can be turned into a retro gaming console, media center, print server, and even a web server.
It’s versatile, it’s small, and with the right casing, it’s durable. That’s what makes the Raspberry Pi the perfect tool for any outdoor project you want to build.
Outdoor Projects for Your Raspberry Pi
Most of the outdoor projects you build with your Raspberry Pi need to be powered by batteries and solar panels unless you have a handy electrical outlet. Eight Battery Powered Pi Projects You Can Try:
- Outdoor camera system
- Automated farming bot
- remote controlled underwater vehicle
- high altitude hot air balloon
- weather station
- car black box
- Infrared bird camera
- Drone autopilot system
Each of these projects can be powered by a battery, a solar panel, or both (if you want your batteries to charge). Let’s talk through each of them.
1. Outdoor camera system
You don’t necessarily need an additional camera module for this, as any Linux-enabled USB webcam should do the job. A project like this can be used for security purposes to watch for intruders, or for more enjoyable purposes, such as live camera feeds from your animal kingdom.
2. Automated farming bot
Sustainable living is great if you have time to invest. Thanks to the FarmBot open source Pi project, you can automate the process and build an automated farm in your backyard instead.
You can buy a kit with everything you need already, or you can buy, print and assemble everything you need separately. The Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller controls the kit, but you will need additional hardware to buy or build.
The FarmBot project suggests that you can save $700 a year on vegetable costs and recoup your investment costs in four years (or less if you design and build your own kit). If you want to eat better and save money, this might be the project for you.
3. Remotely controlled underwater vehicle
Thanks to its waterproof case, the Pi is a good remote-controlled submarine that, from the layman’s point of view, is an unmanned submarine.
While the OpenROV project sells their own DIY submarine kits, you can build your own Pi ROV using their open source platform available for download on the OpenROV GitHub repository.
You will need a pi, tether, motors and a propeller, and an ROV control board to build a project like this.