10 of the Best Raspberry Pi Zero Projects So Far

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A Compact Pi Laptop

We’ve already seen how the Raspberry Pi can – in some circumstances – be used as a desktop computer. So you won’t be surprised to learn that it can also become the heart of a laptop. Various projects have come to light, from a Motorola Lapdock that has had a Pi Zero retro-fitted to the chassis.

Indeed, it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that any old laptop could be given new life with the help of a Raspberry Pi Zero.

Meanwhile, to see just what can be achieved with a portable Raspberry Pi Zero, take a look at the Pi Top project, which is a ready-to-buy Raspberry Pi 2 laptop.

Make an FM Radio

Possibly one of the most audacious, ground-based Raspberry Pi projects yet, the FM Radio we demonstrated previously can be adapted for the Pi Zero. All you need to do is ensure you have soldered pins to the GPIO, and then follow our earlier guide.

Above, the folk at MAKE demonstrate how to adapt the project.

The MakeUseOf team would urge you to take care where you build this project, as in many parts of the world transmitting on the FM band is a serious offence, carrying heavy fines and possibly imprisonment.

Word Clock
Developed by David Saul, this Word Clock project uses Python code (available from GitHub) to display the time on an 8 x 8 LED matrix, with clever use of a printer to create the characters to sit on the matrix. A MAX7219 is included to drive the 8 x 8 LED matrix, while another small component, the RTC, ensures the Word Clock keeps the right time

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