Foreword by the co founder of Raspberry Pi FoundationDiscover the ultimate possibilities of Raspberry Pi with this friendly and accessible book, written by two experts in tech and computer games With no complicated language and no coding skills required, this book gets straight to the fun and inspiring things you can do with your Raspberry Pi Step by step instructions Tips from master Pi engineers Features inspiring projects in full colour Explore the best inventions ever made using Raspberry Pi Create anything you can think of, from video games and robots to art Learn to perform scientific experiments Projects sourced from the greatest makers in the world are accompanied by inspired by projects that even a novice could make Every project includes a web link to pick up extra apps and coding

15 thoughts on “Creative projects with Raspberry Pi: build gadgets, cameras, tools, games and more

  1. Lee Lee says:

    A lot of projects in a small book how They only give you the outlines you have to follow the websites to learn to build any

  2. Milo Milo says:

    Easy to understand for beginners

  3. Declan Kearney Declan Kearney says:

    Saw it in a library and decided to buy a copy Exactly what I wanted at the right price with quick delivery Spot on

  4. Antonin Kutac Antonin Kutac says:


  5. Gigi Gigi says:

    it has lots of nice examples, but at the end of the day, it is simply a showcase for it does not show how to build them or program them apart for few really easy ones The cool stuff is still out of reach and you need internet to find info about them, so what s the point of having a manual

  6. S. P. Long S. P. Long says:

    This book isn t quite what it appears to be from the cover Ostensibly a guide to building projects based around the Raspberry Pi computer the cover proclaims build gadgets, cameras, tools, games and , it is actually of a compilation of descriptions of projects other people have made without much information on how to replicate them, and a small set of building instructions for 10 of the projects.So of the 35 projects described in the book, you re pretty much on your own in terms of working out how to build something similar although they are nicely photographed and well described, which gives you a bit of a start, many are far too complex for an amateur maker to even attempt The 10 models for which instructions are provided are fairly simple, but the instructions can be slightly too sketchy in a few places these are not detailed step by step guides for the beginner, but they assume a degree of competence and prior knowledge Some of the instructions, I noticed, are also slightly out of date, referring to software features which are no longer present in recent releases of Raspbian, which does make me wonder how long this book has been in preparation As a nicely presented guide to projects others have made with the Pi, or as an inspiration for advanced makers, this is a reasonable resource But beginners really ought to look elsewhere Oh, and I m really not convinced by the statement on the back that you don t need any coding skills to use the Pi , when the whole purpose of the Pi was to teach coding if you don t learn coding skills while using it, you re really missing the point

  7. Nicola in South Yorkshire Nicola in South Yorkshire says:

    My first impressions on flicking through this book were that it seems to have put together to just look pretty, which it does, rather than being particularly practical.After looking through it properly it is quite a reasonable book for a very basic introduction to the Pi and a nice pretty look at what some people have created with the Pi The book is very simplistic and aimed, I think, at the very young beginner.There are instructions for 10 projects in the book, but the instructions are pretty basic, however the code is available for them to get you straight in and using it However don t expect any in depth details, you are pretty much left to your own creativity on doing the real building, these are sketches.There are simple but basic instructions for a few projects that I think are aimed at young creators who are already quite capable of building projects from their own ideas as some of these just give them generic instructions like build an enclosure and stick this in with double sided foam tape Don t expect detailed blueprints or anything like that They are however sufficient to give the young maker something to guide them.This book is contains a lot of creative ideas using the PI, but I think I was expecting in depth instructions on building the projects.

  8. Clare Clare says:

    This book provides around 35 different projects that you can undertake using the raspberry pi The raspberry pi is a credit card sized computer that can be configured to provide a range of different functions ranging from home automation through to the development of robotics.This book has a mixture of beginner, intermediate and advance projects for the Pi One of downsides is that many of the projects require additional kits or add ons, some of which come at considerable cost some ranging into hundred of pounds , but do otherwise demonstrate the scale upon which the raspberry pi can be used.The book is broken down into several bite size chapters, each with a particular focus on project types For beginners, there is a primary section dedicated to explaining the layout of the rasp pi board, the differences between the various models, and the jargon for the different physical and software based terminology often used such as the GPIO pins, Linux coding and operating systems Several add on components are also discussed to give the user a rounded overview of the raspberry pi capabilities.The main project chapters group into the following sections Games namely the old games consoles from the 80s , Robots, Home home automations , art and an experimental section Each chapter provides a colourful and informative introduction followed by the individual projects that can be made.The book provides lots of colourful illustrations to help the user navigate each project and as an added benefit provides clearly thought out tips and tricks where necessary.An excellent read for which is well catered for all ages.

  9. Jeff Walmsley Jeff Walmsley says:

    I built my own desktop PCs for years , and when I first heard about the Pi some years ago, I thought it might provide yet possibilities for such entertainment but it turned out that it called for rather dedication than merely assembling an X86.I wondered if anything had changed in the intervening years, so volunteered to review this book, the idea behind which is to raise interest in the Pi principle It s apparently been written so as to have the widest possible range of interest and in so doing, for my money falls between two or even several stools, leaving me wondering a bit about the intended audience The range of expertise displayed seems excessively wide space projects and an 8,000 3D scanner sit alongside simple, low tec school projects those interested in the one extreme are unlikely to have any immediate interest in the other, surely But I did enjoy reading it, even though my interest is but academic, and it s written in a nice, easy style At the end of the day, however, in its intended role as a fancy tickler, I would have thought that those already possessing the expertise and knowledge not to say enthusiasm to build the bigger and complex projects will hardly need their interest to be raised, whilst at least some of those wanting to dip a first toe in the water will be baffled and perhaps even deterred by the the degree of assumed knowledge involved not infrequently including a knowledge of software coding.The audience in between these two extremes may well have its interest piqued, though, and in that context, it might be a good choice for a school library if schools still have libraries in these depressingly austere times

  10. Jeff N.B Jeff N.B says:

    I was not too sure about this book when I first glanced through it I thought it was a bit too brash for a Raspberry Pi book and I hardly glanced at it for the first few days I had it eventually I did sit down and take a serious look at the book and I found it to be a reasonably good way for people especially younger ones to introduce themselves a different experience, not as an operator but as a maker.The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic, small but very powerful computer It s heritage goes back to the BBC B computer of the early 1980 s, which was to be an education tool Alas lack of development meant that it was soon swamped by Windows and later Apple operating computers and hence a whole generation of operators came along Raspberry Pi is a step in the direction of redressing that and teaching people how to create the programs that operators use Be in no doubt once you get passed the first few steps, programming and device creation is fun.And that is where this book comes in It takes you from opening the box your Pi arrived in, through those first tentative steps and gently out into the world the programmer and device creator When I got my Pi a few months ago I had not done any serious programming since the days of the TRS80 in the late 1970 s but that knowledge and a bit of luck got me through, but oh how I wish I had had a copy of this book when I started.Now I don t claim that Kearney and Freeman s book is perfect, there is a bit to much glitz in its style for me and the cost of the projects in it varies from about 10 plus the Pi to several thousand pounds with one of the projects possibly taking a couple of years However this should not put you off the book because there really is so much really good stuff in it.With only slight reservations I heartily recommend this book.

  11. AGW AGW says:

    This collection of projects for the Raspberry Pi is very broad ranging The first section of the book is a thorough introduction to the Pi, covering hardware, software and basic projects like creating a stop button, making an led blink,However, the rest of the projects are quite ambitious.and the range very broad indeed.Few of us will have the resource to create a 3d scanner, and advanced project estimated to last two years and cost 8,000 I wonder why it is included Presumably just to give a flavour of how ambitious these projects can be Then there is Erica the cyber Rhino an advanced project, 800 hours, and 4000 But they are not all that ambitious There is the internet monitor, 40 hours 125, but still an intermediate project, the Weather Pi, time to build variable, cost variable, but certainly for the intermediate builder, and the yoghurt maker, 20 hours and 80 intermediate Hopefully you get the flavour, this is not for the beginner and the projects are a bit beyond the pocket money stage That s why I give it only three stars Its a great book to illustrate the capabilities of the PI, but quite honestly, I don t think anyone is going to work their way through these projects, though they might get inspired by one or two The book is not expensive, so for those seeking inspiration, this might be a buy though I found myself asking, why the basic introduction, if so many of the projects are advance I think there are better books for beginner, intermediate and advanced, so be choosy before you dive in to buy this one

  12. Rob Sedgwick Rob Sedgwick says:

    I have thought many times about getting a Raspberry Pi, but I could never think of what to use it for Well with this book there are many, many ideas which could inspire me The quality of illustrations in the book is good, and what I especially like is that every project comes with a difficulty rating and a time estimate ideal for the time constrained beginner.Another consideration is to introduce my daughter to low level computing and electronics Some of the easier projects in this book are possible for a child to embark on, under adult supervision if necessary.I used to use the early home computers of the 1980s and was a regular visitor to my local Tandy shop The Raspberry Pi really builds on that Radio Shack tradition of home electronics, which of course led to the first Apple being built in Steve Jobs dad s garage The electronics for most of the projects doesn t look that hard and the software knowledge required is a bit of Python and Raspberry Pi Linux, most of which you ll be able to source.Although I m sure much of this information you can find online If you want the browse for project ideas without distractions, a physical book like this is a great place to lose yourself for a few hours.

  13. Ross Boardman Ross Boardman says:

    A great introduction to the Raspberry Pi family.This book is current to the Raspberry Pi 3 and Zero W.After a walkthrough of the various models, with the exception of the Compute module, it goes onto accessories Very minor niggle is in the wording of the wifi dongle, the ZeroW has wifi built in too, not just the Pi3 An important part looks at the features of the Pi3 board and the differences in specification between the Pi3 and the ZeroW This part alone can help you decide on which Pi suits your intended projects An example is that knowing how many cores each processor has can help you work out the best model for your cluster build.The introduction in Part 1 is enough to show you how to set up the Pi with your needed components It will not teach you about the operating system or any of the coding languages or software included It does however tell you some of what is available If you want to learn about an OS such as Linux or a language like Python then there are plenty of online resources you can find on a search engine.After this each part covers a group of projects There are 35 inventions of which 10 are available for you to try at home For the ten projects there is a full list of what you need to source, assembly instructions, wiring diagrams and a mention of the code used All of this is available on the books webpages along with links to the code.

  14. Martyn Davies Martyn Davies says:

    This is a very attractive book for the money, with a semi hard cover, in full colour with attractive photographs There are 30 odd pages of introductory stuff, with history of the Raspberr Pi types of Pi over basic electronics introduction and so on, and then the following sections outline possible projects There are 10 projects that the authors have created themselves, and where you can find full details on their accompanying web pages documenting all of the code wiring necessary to complete them The rest seems to be filler where they reference other work that s out there on the Internet like on the Instructables website.The book might give you some ideas for what you can do with your Pi, but I don t think it s the best projects book out there, and nor is it the best introductory book for connecting micro controllers to electronics It s not an expensive book at least, so give it a go if you re a complete beginner.

  15. Kat Man Do Kat Man Do says:

    Over the last couple of years my grandson and I have been building various gadgets and gizmo s using Raspberry Pi and had a lot of fun doing so, despite me not being that technical This is quite a useful book in expanding your horizens into bigger projects, however, what it doesn t do for a lot of the described projects is give you a blow by blow breakdown of what you need to do to build them There are ten detailed examples, however, the rest are photographic examples of how to projects without much in the way of technical description It is an inspiring book though and just shows what you can do with this marvellously adaptable piece of electronic kit for little money.