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Raspberry Pi Home Automation
Sure the Internet of Things is bringing us smarthomes with a variety of devices from companies such as Google's latest acquisition Nest. Or, you could do it yourself (DIY)! If a DIY approach to home automation sounds good to you, you can use a Raspberry Pi to run your home with Arduino boards to monitor and control your electronics.
There's also a twinned pair of commercial projects called Pi-Face and Gertboard that can help you build the Raspberry Pi home automation system of your dreams.
Raspberry Pi Spinning Wheel
What happens when you marry the 13th century spinning wheel with the 21st century Raspberry Pi? You get a really cool way to spin thread or yarn. You also get proof positive that you don't need to be any kind of technical expert to build nifty stuff with a Raspberry Pi.
As the Raspberry sPIn inventor, Cyndi Minister, said, "I had ZERO programing or electrical knowledge before embarking upon this adventure." It took her longer than she thought, but at the end it worked out well for her and, as she wrote, "It makes pretty sweet yarn too!"
RaspBerry Pi Magic Mirror
Did you ever think you might like to have a mirror that also worked as a display? Well, that's the idea Michael Teeuw came up with one day while shopping with his girlfriend at Macy's. The programming part of this project looks pretty simple, but the mechanics of putting it together will take a lot of work. I, for one, think that it looks pretty neat and I'm tempted to build one of my own. a