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Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, and listening to vinyl. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at CupOfMoe.com and check out his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast.
When I ordered a Raspberry Pi 2 back in 2015, one of my first projects was spinning up a Raspberry Pi retro game console with RetroPie. Since then, I've experimented with Recalbox and Lakka for old-school gaming on the Raspberry Pi, as well as upgraded to a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. On March 14, 2018, not coincidentally Pi day, the Raspberry Pi foundation debuted its Raspberry Pi 3 B+ board. Basically an overclocked Raspberry Pi 3, the B+ proved a worthy pick up. However, at launch compatibility with most existing operating systems (OSes) was temporarily broken. RetroPie 4.4 brought Raspberry Pi B+ support. Now, there's Lakka Raspberry Pi 3 B+ compatibility via Lakka 2.1.1.
The Arduino is a programmable circuit board, or microcontroller. It's open-source, and may be used for a variety of neat maker projects. Notably, it differs from single-board computers (SBCs) such as the Raspberry Pi in that the Arduino focuses on interfacing with software which interacts with the physical board. As such, Arduino projects are more maker-oriented, whereas SBC projects range from basic Linux desktops and retro gaming machines to advanced robotics. Nevertheless, there are loads of Arduino projects which you can make. Check out the 10 best Arduino projects!
To enter the contest, write and submit your own code for the Word Clock. Head over to Lewis's project page and submit your code improvements or suggestions in the comments section at the bottom of the page.
Single-board computers (SBCs) range from the Raspberry Pi to the Odroid XU4. While the Raspberry Pi is undoubtedly the most popular option on the market, others such as the ASUS Tinker Board provide increased power. For a superb single-board computer with excellent operating system (OS) compatibility, processing performance, and a dedicated community, check out the Libre Computer board ROC-RK3328-CC. Learn more about getting started in this Libre Computer Renegade review!
While maker projects vary, when LEDs are involved, it's highly enjoyable. RocketLife, Inc. offers its Light Effects Designer software. Aimed at the do-it-yourself (DIY) crowd, RocketLife's software allows for animation groups in a string of LEDs. Through combining hardware and software, RocketLife makes it so that anyone can create custom LED light shows and signs without any programming.
The Raspberry Pi remains arguably the most popular single-board computer (SBC) on the market. With loads of fantastic project ideas, a retro game console is simple yet immensely fun. With software such as RetroPie, Recalbox, or Lakka, a Raspberry Pi board, and a few accessories, you can make a do-it-yourself (DIY) video game console using a Raspberry Pi. Use a Raspberry Pi case such as the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) option from RetroFlag or Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) from Kintaro for an NES Classic or SNES Mini clone. However,as CNXSOFT reports, there's a Raspberry Pi 3-based arcade console being sold for $248.
The Raspberry Pi is a functional development board. This single-board computer (SBC) provides loads of functionality for anything from a low-powered home theatre PC (HTPC) to advanced robotics. Jaewon "J. One" Choi, a talented maker from South Korea, created a fantastic Raspberry Pi synthesizer. Plus, it's capable of being used by anyone with hearing impairments.
Google remains as the forefront of tech development. Google offers an Edge Tensor Processing Unit (TPU) board as well as Edge TPU Accelerator. Its Edge TPU Accelerator is a USB device which works with boards such as the Raspberry Pi. Using Google's Edge TPU Accelerator, developers can harness low-power single-board computers (SBCs) such as the Pi and Odroid XU4 for various do-it-yourself (DIY) artificial intelligence (AI) projects. These chips are optimized for Google's TensorFlow machine learning framework, and for interfacing with edge devices.
In the single-board computer (SBC) space, there are loads of maker boards. These include the Odroid XU4, ASUS Tinker Board, UDOO x86, and Orange Pi Prime. However, the most popular SBC on the market remains the Raspberry Pi. With its various iterations, solid price to performance ratio, and fantastic community support, the Raspberry Pi is easily the top development board available. Since it's such a widely-adopted SBC, the Raspberry Pi features tons of projects ideas. Check out 10 best Raspberry Pi projects!
There are tons of single-board (SBC) options. The Raspberry Pi is arguably the most popular SBC on the market with loads of official and third-party community support. However, options such as the Odroid XU4 prove excellent Raspberry Pi alternatives. The ASUS Tinker Board is a solid maker board with tons of uses. Learn more about getting started with the ASUS Tinker Board with an ASUS Tinker Board review and tutorial!
Single-board computers (SBCs) are popular and utilitarian. SBCs such as the Raspberry Pi and Odroid XU4 provide a means to create various maker projects from low-powered home theatre PC (HTPC) devices to retro gaming consoles, and even robotics. An excellent use for an SBC is a networked attached storage (NAS) device. You can easily make the Raspberry Pi into a basic server with a variety of software options. Singapore-based startup Kobol is poised to offer its open-spec Helios4 single board computer NAS. Learn more about the Helios4 NAS SBC!
With a wave of nostalgia, retro game console clones including the Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) Classic and Super NES (SNES) Classic have become incredibly popular. While you can buy retro game console clones, you can make your own do-it-yourself (DIY) retro gaming machine with RetroPie, Recalbox, Lakka, or GameStation Turbo. With the likes of NES, SNES, and even Nintendo 64 cases for single-board computers (SBCs), you can cobble together your own gaming arcade. Now, hardware manufacturer 8BitDo offers DIY retro controller parts for making your own wireless NES, SNES, and Sega Mega Drive controllers.
Here are Electromaker, we often receive questions about what makes a solid submission. While there's not necessarily one answer, several elements comprise a quality Electromaker article. Learn how to craft an awesome project which will thrive within the Electromaker community.
While the Raspberry Pi reigns supreme as the most popular single-board computer (SBC), tons of Raspberry Pi alternatives compete. Notably, the Odroid XU4 is a top choice with its octa-core processing. Hardware manufacturer Gigabyte offers its GA-SBCAP3450. Learn more about the Gigabyte GA-SBCAP3450, from specs to size.
Single-board computes (SBCs) range from the Raspberry Pi to the Odroid XU4. These maker boards maintain compatibility with a variety of operating systems (OSes), from Android to Chromium OS, and dedicated gaming OSes such as Lakka, RetroPie, and Recalbox. For desktop use, one of the most popular options is Linux. From NXElec, the tiny Innostick 6 SBC runs Linux on an incredibly low-power board.
Hey listen! The Raspberry Pi boasts an impressive number of cases, both official and unofficial. However, one of the most legendary Raspberry Pi case DIY (do-it-yourself) mods dropped. This Zelda case mod complete with a levitating triforce is truly impressive, and the perfect RetroPie companion.
Hardkernel, the hardware manufacturer behind powerful single-board computers (SBCs) including the Odroid XU4, offers the neat Odroid-Go kit. This portable do-it-yourself (DIY) game console provides a GameBoy-esque form factor for a mobile retro gaming experience. Learn more in this Odroid-Go review, from what it is to how to make a portable retro gaming device.
While many of the most popular Raspberry Pi projects may seemingly be entry-level maker projects, it's a nifty board for more advanced creations. Additionally, the Raspberry Pi delivers superb hardware for more advanced work. For instance, you can create robotics, and even make neat gadgets like this Twitter-controlled bubble machine with a Raspberry Pi Zero. One area where the Raspberry Pi benefits many users: programming. Learn why programming on the Raspberry Pi is incredibly popular!