Simple Raspberry Pi Tasks

What can be done with a Raspberry Pi 3? The wildly popular $35 computer and the $5 cousin, the Pi Zero are great for do it yourself computing projects.

With so many fun potential projects my Pi purchase was just the start of a mini-obsession. Not only did the Pi immediately prove useful as a second computer for simple browsing but it also serves as a potential embedded control board for anything IoT related. Each of the potential uses proved to be a learning experience including everything from Python coding, to soldering, to brushing up on CAD design skills and even some word working.

Along the way a lot of simple actions became re-useable. Rather than reinventing the wheel I was able to repurpose simple actions, like taking a picture or turning on a light, to get the intended use. Here is a list of tasks that can be done.

  1. Take Screen Captures and Record a Display
  2. Display a specific page automatically (Kiosk Mode)
  3. Use an iPhone or iPad to Control the Pi
  4. Work in 2D CAD (LibreCAD)
  5. Read Barcodes or QR Codes
  6. Control a 3D Printer Remotely With OctoPi
  7. Run Amazon Alexa to have a Voice Activated Smart Home
  8. Wearable Body Cam
  9. Browse the Web with A $10 Computer
  10. Flash an Image to an SD card
  11. Make a home Cloud for extra backups
  12. Manage Spreadsheets and Documents
  13. Add a Camera to the Pi
  14. Stream the Camera to the Internet
  15. Create a security camera
  16. Detect Other Bluetooth Devices (Use as a bluetooth beacon)

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Chris is a former mechanical engineer turned product manager, and has written more than 100 articles for 3DNPD. He is passionate about exploring new technologies and staying active, which he writes about on his site PersonalWellnessTracking.com.

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