Create a weather forecasting lamp using a Raspberry Pi Zero

“The Modern Inventor” has written a great Instructable which helps you to create your very own weather forecasting lamp called the Storm Glass. The lamp, which has been given the ability to simulate lightning, fog, rain and thunder using off-the-shelf parts is partly a glass tube and partly 3D-printed and houses a Raspberry Pi Zero. The Weather Underground API is used to read weather conditions from a location and then the weather is simulated inside the lamp. This really is pretty nifty, and quite beautiful. Take a look at the tutorial here.

Creating a portable deck for commuting with a Raspberry Pi

Kerry Scharfglass was finding typical portable computers difficult to work with in confined spaces, such as on a plane or on a train. So, he decided to build his own which he called the Commute Deck. The main chassis is made from plywood and he created his own, custom, keyboard for the purpose (which uses a Teensy to read the key matrix) which was split in half on either side of a screen. The Raspberry Pi is the heart of the machine. He’s ended up with something which is part-laptop and part-cyberpunk device, although I’m not sure how great it will be for the restricted width of a plane seat! Read more over at Make.

Simple motion-detecting security camera uses a Raspberry Pi and camera module

The folks over at Diligence Technologies have written an interesting Instructable that can be used for simple home security. A Pi is connected to a camera module and then a piece of software written in Python is used to detect motion and then send a notification to you, via the PushBullet web service platform. Take a look at the tutorial here and look at their code here. A video walk-through is shown below:

Model lighting controller using a Raspberry Pi and loads of relays

Mathieu Bonte has written a great Instructable in which he creates a model house and then wires up a Raspberry Pi to various lamps to light the model. In the Instructable, he takes you through wiring it all up, via relays so you can transfer it to a ‘real’ house eventually if you so wish, and then developing the software using the Pi, MySQL and the Flask web server library. It’s an assignment for school and it’s a great proof-of-concept. Take a look here.


White Hat Hacking using a Raspberry Pi as a target computer

There are many reasons why you might want to try out your ‘hacking’ or penetration-testing skills. These range from a simple proof-of-concept as to why systems should be locked down to more aggressive hacking to prove the vulnerability of parts of a system. There are, likewise, many ways of setting up a system to be vulnerable – but you really don’t want to do this to your family’s precious PC or Mac. Enter the Raspberry Pi: it’s cheap, it’s easy to re-image the SD card and now, thanks to security expert Re4son, it’s simple to set it up as a target. On his website, Re4son provides pre-configured images to prove vulnerability – one of these, “Damn Vulnerable Raspberry Pi” is simple to download, install and switch to ‘vulnerable’ mode. Take a look on his website for the image and test your white hat hacking skills safely.

Please note: this is for experimental purposes only – it’s not an excuse to do it ‘for real’!

See the world through another person’s eyes with the Raspberry Pi

Here’s an interesting article from The MagPi. A Swedish team has developed a system to record and stream the activity and experiences of a person via the Internet. Called Tele 2, the system is worn as a back-pack and headset by a user. A GoPro camera and a microphone is used to capture a live video stream which is then altered according to the heart rate, emotions, and sweat level of the wearer. The medical information is captured using the e-Health v2.0 board and then processed using a Raspberry Pi 3. Wearers “included Simone Giertz, a robot maker from Stockholm, Joel Kinnaman, an actor from Vancouver (and star of the RoboCop reboot), and Noor Daoud, a female drift racer from Dubai”. An impressive system – read more about it over at The MagPi and see a video of Kinnaman’s session below.