Have a Raspberry Pi computer? You’ll be surprised to know that not only is this a great little device you can build a home theater with, but other amazingly useful tasks such as personal cloud storage, home automation (using Arduino), and even distributed computing projects.

Raspberry Pi: Versatility Is Key

The amount of computing tasks you can do with this small 3.37 x 2.21 inch computer is amazing. We’ve covered various amazing projects in the past, like self-funded space programs and remote-controlled cars (in conjunction with Arduino), and over the years other amazing projects have come to fruition, like this guy’s attempt to build a robot dog (based on Doctor Who). ). K9).

ui-rasppi-useful pi

The Raspberry Pi is no more versatile than a standard PC (although its size helps), and its limited processor probably won’t let you get some projects done. However, what it is capable of doing continues to shock and shock some fans, and despite its modest specs, it will likely continue to do so for a few more years.

Raspberry Pi at home

The capabilities of the Raspberry Pi media center are widely presented in various places on the Internet, not least here on where we showed how to set up your home theater using the RaspBMC version of XBMC turn. While the RaspBMC is capable of doing a decent media center setup, it can do one or two things.


One way to add media to your Raspberry Pi is to download from the Internet. Combined with a network connection and a hard drive, the computer can be configured as a BitTorrent window that is always on to ensure that the right data is downloaded. You can use this along with your Raspberry Pi media center or buy a second device.

How to build a retro slot machine with your Pi You might be interested to know that by pairing it with an Arduino microcontroller, a computer can save a lot of money by setting up a working home automation system. My colleague James Bruce went into detail about how, in 2013, .

Server & Storage Solutions, Raspberry Pi Style

Privacy issues regarding the security of your data should be at the top of your priority list. Things have changed over the past few months thanks to the revelations of Snowden and the seemingly insatiable pursuit of US and British spy agencies to know exactly what data you have.


In the pursuit of cloud storage in today’s personal computers, the best solution would be to create your own cloud storage using the Raspberry Pi software and BitTorrent Sync. You will probably also need a decent sized hard drive.

You may also be concerned about censoring the internet and ensuring that your voice — or the voice of the oppressed party — is heard. One way to do this is by hosting your government material on a Raspberry Pi. There are several ways to do this, including a new Google code that allows you to set up a mini computer as a web server.

Raspberry Pi: Saving the World One Byte at a Time

The noble goal of the Raspberry Pi (more on that below) is to make it part of a suite you can really rely on to make life better for those who need it.


Beyond these altruistic goals, you may want to give the Raspberry Pi the ability to participate in some distributed computing tasks, taking advantage of its low power requirements to make efficient use of available system resources.

Distributed computing relies on a network of computers connected via the Internet to participate in large-scale problem-solving projects, and the Raspberry Pi can simply be configured to participate in such projects, as explained by the University of Cambridge.

Have you received your Raspberry Pi yet?

Available for under $50, the Raspberry Pi is an amazing piece of hardware. Two years after its launch, it continues to amaze and delight, and if none of the projects described here pique your interest, then you might be more surprised to know that the Raspberry Pi was originally created as an educational project. But it’s more than just teaching kids to code.


When I spoke to the founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, Eben Upton last year in Cambridge, England, he explained that if Raspberry could successfully deal with the lack of British technical skills, the current state of affairs in which the UK and the US rely on Indian skills would end. As he says: “The problem is what turns [нас] into a parasite in India, we and America will suck India out of all the best programmers.»

Perhaps we should title this article «10 Good Reasons to Buy a Raspberry Pi». It’s actually a computer phenomenon, and if you don’t already have one, don’t think you’ve missed the boat — head to www.raspberrypi.org or Amazon right now, buy your Pi and get started!

Featured Image Credit: Solarbotics, Raspberry Pi Server by Mollenborg, Networked Raspberry Pis by Osde8Info.

Похожие записи