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Cool things you can make with a Raspberry Pi

Cool things you can make with a Raspberry Pi

Just in time for Pi Day (March 14, a.k.a. 3.14, for the less mathematically inclined), the Raspberry Pi foundation released a new Raspberry Pi board. Of course it’s not the Raspberry Pi 4 but simply a Model B+ for the existing RPi 3. Like almost any other Pi before it, it’s a step up, though small, in performance without changing the price one bit. Being Pi Day and all, it’s perhaps the perfect time to remember, or see for the first time, some of the coolest Raspberry Pi projects around.

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OpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hack

OpenAuto makes car smart with Raspberry Pi DIY hack

Android Auto can be installed on a Raspberry Pi unit with relative ease - and the results are pretty neat. Based on the DIY project we're having a peek at here today, the next generation in DIY automotive tech appears to be here. This system was made possible by XDA Developers user f1x, maker of an open source Android Auto head unit emulator.

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A giant LEGO brick just appeared in Manhattan

A giant LEGO brick just appeared in Manhattan

This afternoon a gigantic LEGO brick was delivered to New York City's Flatiron Plaza. This brick was delivered in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the toy's birth - and it'll sit there from today until Sunday. So don't go thinking it'll still be there when you wake up Monday morning. Go get your selfie on right this minute.

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Bizarre Toyota has two motors, two front ends

Bizarre Toyota has two motors, two front ends

The bizarre car that you see here started life as two different Toyota Limbo cars. The builder is a man called Roni Gunawan from Indonesia. He took the two cars and cut them in half and then reconnected them behind the driver seat. The result is a car with two steering wheels, four front seats, two hoods and two engines.

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Steam Engine Arcade cabinet cheats with a Steam Link

Steam Engine Arcade cabinet cheats with a Steam Link

There is no shortage of DIY arcade cabinets, many of them running off something like a Raspberry Pi or at least some older, unused PC. While interesting projects, they suffer from one thing: they are limited by the power of the computer running inside. And once built, those arcades usually aren’t upgradable. That’s what makes Inferno156’s Steam Engine Arcade a bit ingenious. By using a Steam Link, he can have a nice looking and pretty barebones arcade cabinet, while the real work happens elsewhere in the house.

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Geek out with your own liquid sand fluidized air bed

Geek out with your own liquid sand fluidized air bed

It's possible to turn a bunch of sand into a fluidized liquid using pipes and just the right amount of air. A dude called Mark Rober on YouTube is showing people how to build their own fluidized air bed. This is the technical name for a system that can turn solid sand into something akin to a fluid.

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Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Google Paper Signals: Tiny, cute, and useful

Paper Signals from Google controls tiny paper contraptions with Google Assistant. This set of experiments is not something completely inaccessible by the average user. Instead, it's a super-inexpensive (or super free) set of instructions for creating moving objects that are controlled by a set of equations, activated by Google Assistant.

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Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google AIY Vision Kit brings computer vision in a cardboard box

Google Cardboard, the previous VR platform, might be dead, but Google is finding other ways to put cardboard in people’s hands. Last May, it introduced its AIY DIY AI Voice kit that leveraged the power of the Raspberry Pi to help you make your own Google Assistant in a cardboard box. Now it is making another RPi-based DIY kit, this time focusing on computer vision and on-device machine learning instead. Introducing the AIY Vision Kit, your Google Lens in a box.

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Xbox One X HDD replacement voids warranty (and so does this screw)

Xbox One X HDD replacement voids warranty (and so does this screw)

Those gamers making an attempt at taking apart the Xbox One X to replace its HDD, take heed: it's not just a simple matter of screws and swapping. As we first addressed in our original full Xbox One X teardown and unboxing, there's a warranty break that takes place almost immediately upon attempting to open this hardware up. Today we're going to run everything necessary in replacing said HDD - as well as a set of reasons why most people will want to avoid it.

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Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

The fast-paced innovation in the mobile industry undoubtedly has negative consequences, not just for ourselves but for the environment at large. E-waste is no longer a rarity, and even if old smartphones don’t fill up landfills, they might be filling up your closets instead. As the company with perhaps the most smartphones in markets, closets, and garbage alike, Samsung does have a responsibility in becoming part of the solution. It has introduced a new initiative it calls “Upcycling”, that can repurpose these devices for completely different things. Like, for example, using dozens of them into a bitcoin mining farm.

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Homemade Nintendo Switch runs on Raspberry Pi, plays all your retro games

Homemade Nintendo Switch runs on Raspberry Pi, plays all your retro games

If you want to enjoy the experience of playing classic Nintendo games on modern gaming hardware, your choices are either to buy a Nintendo Switch, and hope the company sells the games you want via its digital store, or buy the new SNES Classic. Modder Tim Lindquist has combined the best of those two options with a homemade take on the Switch that runs any classic game imaginable via a Raspberry Pi.

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pi-top DIY Raspberry Pi laptop has just become even better

pi-top DIY Raspberry Pi laptop has just become even better

The Raspberry Pi is a great low-power, low-cost computer for making things and learning STEAM, but its barebones design isn’t always a good fit for some classrooms. Fortunately, there is a whole universe of RPi products and accessories to fill in the gap. The pi-top is one of those, guiding young and old alike in building their own laptop almost from scratch. And on its third birthday, pi-top is introducing a second-generation pi-top that not only makes it more powerful but also more accessible in more ways than one.

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