3 projects for the Raspberry Pi 3
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+
- The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is equipped with better cooling than its predecessors, allowing you to leave it on all day and all night.
- With a processor speed of 1.4GHz, this single-board computer can be converted into a media player.
- Because Raspberry Pi uses open software, the functions are constantly being developed.
1. Raspberry Pi as a media center
Turn your Raspberry Pi 3 into a credit-card sized media center. What should you do?
- Connect the device to your TV via an HDMI cable. The graphics chip and the Broadcom BCM2837 processor make the Pi 3 powerful enough to turn it into a media player.
- Connect your mouse and keyboard via USB and insert the SD card with the software you want to install. XBMC Kodi or PLEX for example. Place the device in the housing.
- Connect your media center to your NAS via one of the 4 USB ports with your hard disk or wirelessly with your NAS and stream videos in high resolution. After installation you control the media player via the remote control your TV or via an app on your phone. You therefore no longer need the keyboard.
2. Make a tablet
Control your Raspberry Pi 3 with the 7 inch Raspberry Pi Touch Screen LCD as a tablet. Attach the PCB to the RPi3 and connect it via the supplied jumper wires and DSI connector. Provide power to the touchscreen via the micro USB connection and pass it to the Pi via the USB port. So you only need 1 power connection for both parts. Because the touchscreen is connected via the ribbon cable, the HDMI connection of the Pi 3 is free to connect your screen.
3. Astro Pi
Make a space computer of your Raspberry Pi 3 with the Raspberry Pi Sense Hat. Attach the Hat to your RPi3 and turn it into an Astro Pi. Install the special Astro Pi software on the SD card and let the 64 16 bit LED lights form letters or images. Think of your own space experiment or draw a spacecat with the LEDs. Measure humidity, magnetic attraction and movement with the sensors and use the built-in joystick to control your Pi. Compose your Astro Pi yourself and use the same computer as Tim Peake uses on board the international space station ISS. Intergalactically cool!