The versatile Raspberry Pi has been used for countless home computing projects, and the latest variant of the single-board computer is smaller than ever and only costs $5. Patrick Norton stops by to talk about what you can do with the Raspberry Pi Zero, and what accessories you need to make it usable.
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(Raspberry Pi power consumption reference: http://www.jeffgeerling.com/blogs/jeff-geerling/raspberry-pi-zero-power)
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Best 5 Raspberry Pi Zero Electronics Projects That Make The Most Of Its Small Stature
The Raspberry Pi has been the hobbyist selection for Build-it-yourself electronics projects. The Raspberry Pi Zero, that is close to the size of a stick of gum, is comparatively low-priced and has it’s own special utilisation occasions though. And listed below are ten of our most-loved projects which make use of its dimension.
1. Place a Raspberry Pi Zero In an Old School Game Controller
As we know the Raspberry Pi makes an extraordinary DIY video gaming console. The setup process typically necessitates a jiffy, and the Raspberry Pi Zero is utterly in a position of taking on older video games from the Super NES period and earlier. The whole project is a lot better when the whole system is inside a controller.
Just to illustrate (ahem), this project runs on a Super NES controller, this one tackles the NES controller, and this one uses that good old original Xbox controller. However you plan to get it done, you’ll get a pretty slick little DIY vintage video game console you could carry around everywhere.
2. Build a Small Dongle PC
While the Pi Zero makes a nice little computer as it is, it makes a much better dongle computer. Doing this, you can attach it to any other computer you have, then it will tether itself directly so you don’t need to include a USB or any networking.
The good thing of this project is the point you do not need yet one more mouse, display screen, or key pad lounging around. Merely jam in into your standard desktop computer and you are all set.
3. Build the Globe’s Most compact (Probably) MAME Cabinet
MAME cabinets are fantastic, however, they are tremendous. For the complete opposite approach, you could use a Raspberry Pi Zero to make one that is approximately as small as the Pi itself.
You’ll need a few components to build this sucker function, including a 3D printed case, but in the end cabinet is definitely functional, which means you’ll have the perfect desk accessory in the office.
4. Build a Motion Sensing Digital camera
The Raspberry Pi is definitely a quality motion sensing digital camera, but the low profile of the Pi Zero helps make it a lot better.
With the Raspberry Pi Zero, your motion sensing camera has a significantly smaller presence, therefore it can go in even tighter rooms. For example, this one mounts to your window with a couple of suction cups, which is about as light-weight as it becomes.
5. Play Any Simpsons Episode (or perhaps Any Tv Series) Arbitrarily
If you have ever ditched cable and gone full streaming with your media, you might still miss the days of catching an arbitrary episode of your most desirable show on TV. The Raspberry Pi Zero is just about to bring that back.
In such a project, they use episodes of The Simpsons placed on an SD card. With a custom script, you’re able to press a control button and it plays a sequence arbitrarily. It’s possible to increase any media you expect here, including a wide range of shows if you wished for, but The Simpsons are a wonderful choice.