Tag Archives: Raspberry Pi

Build Your Own Flickr Automatic Uploader with a Raspberry Pi

Build Your Own Flickr Automatic Uploader with a Raspberry Pi

Earlier this year, Flickr locked its automatic uploading feature that pulls image files off an SD card and automatically uploads them to Flickr behind a paywall. If you don’t want to shell out the $5.99/month for that, GitHub user drcursor has a solution that uses a Raspberry Pi.

Essentially, all you’re doing here is making a simple Python script that will upload all the photo files from a USB drive to Flickr (with the viewing set to private) when it’s connected to the Pi. When it’s done, the script sends you an email to say it’s ready then unmounts the storage device. It’s a very simple little program, but if you’re annoyed at Flickr’s paywall but still use the service, this is a nice way around it.

Flickrup | GitHub via Hacker News

Install Android TV on a Raspberry Pi and Sideload Apps

If you don’t mind dealing with a bit of instability, you can now install an unofficial version of Android TV on a Raspberry Pi 3.

This is still a super early build, so you won’t have access to the Google Play Store, but you can sideload apps. The performance of those apps isn’t consistent, but a number of them seem to perform well. For example, Kodi, as well as a number of game emulators, seem to work well. This is still very much an early build and not a complete operating system by any means, but if you don’t mind messing around with concepts, Android TV is working relatively well. The video above walks you through the full installation process.

Android TV for Raspberry Pi 3 | YouTube
How to Install Android TV on Raspberry Pi 3 and Sideload App | YouTube

Recalbox Is a Dead Simple Game Emulator Operating System for the Raspberry Pi

Recalbox Is a Dead Simple Game Emulator Operating System for the Raspberry Pi

When it comes to turning a Raspberry Pi into a retro game console, we’ve long recommended RetroPie because it’s relatively simple to set up, but still packed with a ton of features. If you’re looking for something even simpler to use, Recalbox is worth a look.


Recalbox is an open source operating system built with the same basic backbone as RetroPie, but with a simplified interface and setup process. At a glance, the general usage is a little easier than RetroPie, with four-player controller support a little more obvious, and an easier update system that keeps your emulators up to date. The media center software, Kodi is also packed in from the start with no additional set up required. We’ll have to dig in deeper to see how it compares overall to RetroPie, but it’s worth a look if you’ve been frustrated with RetroPie for whatever reason.


Build a Raspberry Pi-Powered Media Player That Plays a Simpsons Episode at Random

There are a ton of Simpsons episodes, but if you long for the days of just watching whatever episode happens to be playing on TV at any given moment, DIYer Stephen Coyle build a little system powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero that plays a random episode.

This project requires that you have actual copies of Simpsons episodes (that you’ve downloaded or burned yourself) saved to your Pi’s SD card. Otherwise, you just need to install a script and attach a button. When you click the button, the Pi queues up a random episode. This project isn’t limited to The Simpsons by any means, it’ll work with any videos you have on your SD card. Basically, the script just plays a random video file from a directory, so you could play any show (or shows) you want. Regardless of how you decide to use it, over to Coyle’s site for the guide to make it for yourself.

The Pi Zero Simpsons Shuffler | Stephen Coyle

Raspbian Updates Significantly Improves Bluetooth Support on the Raspberry Pi 3

Raspbian Updates Significantly Improves Bluetooth Support on the Raspberry Pi 3

One of the best new additions to the Raspberry Pi 3 is built-in Bluetooth, but setting up a Bluetooth device required the command line. Now, it’s easy to add Bluetooth devices right from the taskbar.


The update brings in a full UI for adding Bluetooth devices, which means you won’t have to mess around in the command line if you don’t want to. Just click the Bluetooth icon and find your device, just like you would on any other modern operating system. The interface also now supports Bluetooth audio, so you can hook up speakers or headphones easily. Alongside the improved Bluetooth support, the update adds in a SD Card Copier application to backup your SD card, a new way to access the GPIO, and the programming text editor, Geany. You can update your version of Raspbian with these commands:

sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade sudo apt-get install piclone geany usb-modeswitch sudo apt-get install python-pigpio python3-pigpio

Head over to the Raspberry Pi page for a few more details on the update.

The Latest Update to Raspbian | Raspberry Pi

Build a Truly Pocket-Sized Video Game Console with a Raspberry Pi Zero

Build a Truly Pocket-Sized Video Game Console with a Raspberry Pi Zero

Adafruit’s PiGRRL is one of the best little DIY portable game devices out there, and now they’ve put out a guide that shrinks it down even further using a Pi Zero.

Like the PiGRRL, this project is powered by RetroPie. Aside from the Pi Zero, you’ll also need a variety of adapters, the screen, battery, and the 3D printed case and buttons (which you can have someone else print if you don’t have a 3D printer). You’ll also need to do some basic soldering, but it’s not terribly complicated. The end result is a miniature console that can actually fit in your pocket pretty easily. Head over to Adafruit for the guide and all the files you’ll need to make it for yourself.

PiGRRL Zero | Adafruit

Build Your Own Two-Player Miniature Cocktail Arcade Cabinet

Cocktail cabinets are an excellent way to cram a two-player arcade into a small package. DIYer CircuitBeard shows off his build, which uses a Raspberry Pi as the brains. It’s a looker.

The cabinet is made with cheap MDF, then covered in vinyl to give it a vintage look (seems like contact paper would do this job fine). From there, the arcade sticks are wired in, the screen attached, and the Raspberry Pi is loaded up with RetroPie for emulation. You’ll find the bulk of the guide for how CircuitBeard built the cabinet over on his site, though its sadly lacking the design files for the cabinet. Still, it’s packed with a ton of other info, including how to get the Pi to play nice with the display and the arcade sticks.


Rombus-CT – A Raspberry Pi Powered Mini Cocktail Arcade | CircuitBeard

Build Your Own Gesture-Based TV Remote with a Raspberry Pi

Build Your Own Gesture-Based TV Remote with a Raspberry Pi

Find that sensible, button-filled remote for your TV a little too boring? DIYer Frederick Vandenbosch shows off how to build a gesture-based remote control using a Raspberry Pi.

The idea here is to make a simple gesture remote for the TV. In this case, swiping left or right changes channels, up or down changes the volume, and a circular motion turns the TV on or off. The project includes the Raspberry Pi and a Skywriter HAT, though there’s a couple circuits tossed in there as well. Everything’s kept tidy in a custom case. It’s not a simple project, but you can find out how to build it for yourself over on Vandenbosch’s page.

Gesture Based TV Remote Control | Frederick Vandenbosch

AppGameKit Is a Free Game Creation Toolset for the Raspberry Pi

AppGameKit Is a Free Game Creation Toolset for the Raspberry Pi

One of the best uses for the Raspberry Pi is to teach kids (and adults) basic programming skills. AppGameKit’s a bit of free software that does just that.

The software isn’t exactly the simplest game creation software out there, but it does pack in some useful stuff for the Pi specifically, like access to the GPIO pins so you can code in physical inputs/outputs. Plus, anything you make can be deployed to just about every platform out there, including the Raspberry Pi itself. If you’re looking to mess around with making games on the Pi, AppGameKit seems like a step up from the built-in Scratch software, but still manages to be simple enough for beginners.


AppGameKit | via RaspiHub

Build a Low-Light Streaming Video Baby Monitor With a Raspberry Pi

If you’re looking for a DIY way to keep an eye on your baby, Element 14′s put together a guide that shows off how to build your own night vision camera with motion detection using a Raspberry Pi.

The project here uses the Raspberry Pi 3 alongside the NoIR camera adapter. From there, the Raspberry Pi runs a live video stream that can send you a notification any time it detects motion. It might seem a little stressful to use a DIY system for something as important as a baby monitor, but the live stream makes it so you can check in as often as you like to make sure it’s always working. Still, you might want to use it in addition to a more traditional audio monitor. Either way, head over to Element14 for the full guide to make it for yourself.

NoIR V2 Video Streaming Baby Monitor | Element14