No matter if you have a Pi 4 on the market or you already have one in a drawer I need some cool project ideas. Do not fret ̵
Why are these projects suitable for the Pi 4?
Most of the projects we list are relatively simple. They do not require much programming experience and are so popular that you can easily find guidance on Google or YouTube. But why are these projects really suitable for the Pi 4? Instead, use the cheaper Pi 3 model A +.
It depends on the specifications. The Pi 4 features an upgraded Broadcom BCM2711 SoC with four 1.5GHz Cortex-A72 CPU cores (ie, a good CPU), a Gigabit Ethernet port, two Micro HDMI ports for two 4K displays and three RAM options (1, 2 or 3) 4GB). These specifications (and especially the memory) make the Pi 4 much faster than any previous Pi computer. Just make sure you have the right charger for it.
Although you can use older versions of the Raspberry Pi for each of the listed projects, they do not offer the speed and flexibility. or reliability of the Pi 4. These features make a big difference when you work with a Pi-based computer, server, Plex Media Center, game console, or smart home device.
Creating a New Computer
Old models of the Raspberry Pi are relatively powerful, but not powerful enough to build a reliable computer. With the upgraded memory and improved CPU of the Pi 4 (not to mention the two-screen features), creating a Pi-based desktop, laptop or tablet is easier than ever before:
- Desktop : The Impressive RAM and CPU specifications of the Raspberry Pi 4 make it an excellent candidate for desktop use (whether you need a Linux or a Windows PC). Obtain an official Pi 4 Desktop Kit and head into the city! And do not forget that the Pi 4 supports two external displays.
- Laptop : The tiny form factor of the Pi is well suited for small PCs and especially for laptops. We recommend that you work with the Pi Top Laptop Kits (these are easy and cheap). The Pi Foundation also has its own list of laptop kits. Make sure the selected kit works with the Pi 4 before you buy it.
- Tablet : There are no Pi 4 tablet kits yet, but you can attach your Pi to the back of an official or unofficial device Touchscreen Monitor with Velcro (now may also be a good time to get a Pi 4-housing to buy). This may sound ridiculous, but it's a great way to take your Pi with you on the go.
Of course, a Pi-PC is not comparable to an average desktop computer. If you've already worked with desktops, laptops, and tablets, it may be time to focus on another Pi project.
Expand Your Home Network
Basically, the Raspberry Pi 4 is a cheap, tiny computer. Although this restricts functionality as a modern desktop PC, it makes the Pi an excellent candidate for almost any home networking project. Instead of relying on bulky old computers to run BitTorrent and development servers, you can move all the work to Pi 4 in the size of your credit card.
Here are some Pi projects for home networking that you can start with:
- Server : Your Raspberry Pi 4 can be a great gateway to web and software development. Just follow the official instructions of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and off you go!
- NAS Box : NAS devices are expensive, but are great for local storage and streaming solutions. So build your own NAS box with a Raspberry Pi! All you need is a NAS case and some instructions.
- Pi-Hole : Ad blocking enhancements are great, but they only work in your browser. If you no longer see ads on your phone, in the software, or in your TV's YouTube app, it's time to block network-level ads. A pi-hole does the job, and it's pretty easy to set up.
- BitTorrent-Box : If you are a good BitTorrenter who likes to sow around the clock, you need a machine that is always operational Torrenting. Your Raspberry Pi 4 can do just that and is much smaller than a new PC or laptop.
Hmm, computer and home server. That does not sound like much fun. If you are looking for a project that entertains the whole family (or only yourself), you should be concerned with games and streaming pi projects.
Enjoy Pi-based Gaming and Streaming
Nowadays, everyone seems to have connected a Pi to their TV, and with good reason.The Raspberry Pi is probably better (and cheaper) than most streaming sticks and game consoles and software such as RetroPie and Kodi are easy to set up.
The Pi 4's improved RAM and CPU make it an ideal candidate for a home-free home entertainment project, so well, here are some great gaming and streaming pi Projects:
Most of these projects are easy to extend, would you like to build an arcade machine? Do it with the RetroPie software! n turn your TV into a streaming device? Add a Pi!
Extend Your Smarthome
Smarthome devices are expensive and cost nothing. It does not always work the way you expect. In addition, they are no longer to wait and can be outdated after a few years. The solution? Build your own Smarthome devices!
These projects are relatively difficult (and require a bit of research), but it's well worth the effort. Here are a few ideas to help you get started:
The Pi 4's updated specifications make it ideal for smart home builds (unlike older Pi models running slower). Keep in mind, however, that most of these smarthome projects require some additional purchases, such as: B. Arduino boards, digital cameras or touchscreen displays.
The pi projects listed by us differ in their difficulty levels in pi-dom. You can also expand it in a unique way.
If these projects are not enough to get your Pi juices flowing (gross), it may be time to browse the official Raspberry Pi blog or forums. These platforms are regularly updated with nice projects and Pi software to arouse your interest.