March 14, 2022

Top 5 IoT Projects on the Raspberry Pi

Check out some of the coolest Raspberry Pi and Blues Wireless-powered IoT projects to date!

Tina Kocak, Content Marketing Manager

Raspberry Pi, how do I love thee - let me count the ways! In this case, I’ll only be counting to 5, which is not representative of our collective feelings for this versatile, compact, affordable single-board computer. But it will be an epic countdown of some fan favorite Hackster projects using the Raspberry Pi and Blues Wireless Notecard. Let’s go!

#5 Cellular Signal Heatmap with Raspberry Pi Pico and GPS

Is it hot in here, or is it just this IoT heatmapping device? Cellular and GPS data are acquired by a Raspberry Pi Pico and Notecard, and Python and Google Cloud Platform and Google Maps are used for data visualization.

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Raspberry Pi Pico heatmapping cellular GPS strength
Built by: Rob Lauer

 

It never fails to surprise me what I can build with the Raspberry Pi platform. I can leverage the power of Linux in a RPi Zero or use my favorite language (Python) on a tiny Pico MCU. - Rob Lauer

#4 Adding Cellular to the Raspberry Pi Pico

What do you get when you add the Blues Wireless Notecard to the Raspberry Pi Pico? Pico-Blue! OK that’s that’s a terrible joke, but what’s not terrible is following this tutorial to learn how to add a Cellular IoT device to the Raspberry Pi Pico.

Get started with:

Cellular-enabled Raspberry Pi Pico
Built by: Brandon Satrom

 

I, like most of the maker world, was caught totally by surprise when the Raspberry Pi team announced their first microcontroller, the Pico. A custom, dual core, M0+ for 4 bucks? Sign me up! – Brandon Satrom

#3 What’s Destroying My Yard? Pest Detection With Raspberry Pi

Have destructive critters turned your backyard hangout into a cage match? Use a Raspberry Pi, a Pi camera, and some machine learning to defend your outdoor space and catch the attackers in action. Protect ya deck!

Get started with:

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • Blues Wireless Raspberry Pi Starter Kit
  • Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2

Raspberry Pi pest detector
Built by: TJ VanToll

 

I love the Raspberry Pi because it makes IoT easy. It’s crazy what you can do with a Pi, 1–2 sensors, and a few lines of Python code. - TJ Van Toll

#2 Solar-Powered Crypto Mining with Raspberry Pi

Get rich quick! Just kidding. But you’ll have fun building, and isn’t that really what’s important? Create your own solar-powered cryptocurrency “mining rig” with cloud-based reporting on a Raspberry Pi using a PiJuice and Notecard.

Get started with:

  • Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
  • Blues Wireless Raspberry Pi Starter Kit

Solar-powered Raspberry Pi mining crypto
Built by: Rob Lauer

 

#1 Thermal Image Anomaly Detection with TinyML

Build an anomaly detection ML model with Edge Impulse based on thermal images, with data sent over cellular to the cloud via the Notecard. Remote ghost hunting anyone?

Get started with:

  • Raspberry Pi Zero
  • Blues Wireless Raspberry Pi Kit
  • Pimoroni MLX90640 Thermal Camera Breakout

Thermal image anomaly detection device
Built by: Rob Lauer

 

How was that, are you feeling revved up and ready to build? For a super easy way to add wireless connectivity to your next Raspberry Pi project, check out the newest Blues Wireless Raspberry Pi Starter Kit that comes complete with both Cellular and Wi-Fi Notecards, the Notecarrier-Pi, and an external antenna.

Make sure to tag us on social with your Raspberry Pi builds! Happy hacking!

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