Open source software provides a lot of options for every type of industry or hobby out there. Hardware like the Raspberry Pi can be used to host software on containers, play video games, host content, or gather different types of data. This is a list of my favorite projects.

1. Retropie

Retropie allows you to play video games from different types of consoles just from a Raspberry Pi. Retropie uses Emulation Stations for its UI, which gives it that classy arcade look from the 80s and 90s. All you need is a Raspberry Pi, and you can build an arcade setup with a joystick and big arcade cabinet buttons. Using Retropie, I’ve been able to play all the games I used to love as a child.

2. Weather Station

The Weather Station is a Pi-based monitoring project that can be used to gather atmospheric data, which can be used to make decisions or to trigger specific automated tasks. The Weather Station project can access different kinds of sensors that can make gathering different weather data points locally very accurate. Capable sensors include a wind vane, anemometer, and rain gauge. Using these different sensors, a Pi can capture temperature, humidity, pressure, and light.

You can attach the Weather Station to any type of Raspberry Pi as long it has the standard 40 GPIO pins. There are different junctions boxes you can use to protect your monitoring equipment, such as a Stevenson screen. Weather Station has its own Python libraries that sends a lot of great information about the weather to a screen, or that can be used to send data to a Grafana instance, or to a weather station.

One of the most fun projects is using Weather Station to automate the watering of plants.

3. OctoPrint

OctoPrint has a snappy web interface that allows you to manage your 3D printer remotely, and it even has the option to use a camera so you can see the print as it progresses. You can use the OctoPrint UI to print remotely and upload .gcodes so you can stop walking around with a USB stick to start your prints. You can remotely monitor every step of the print process, and keep a vigilant eye on it to ensure everything’s going as expected.

With OctoPrint, you can monitor things like the temperature, current bed levels, and where in the .gcode the print is. OctoPrint has an extensive list of plugins to make it easier (and cooler) to manage all the print things. You can manage firmware updates, change how the UI looks, take control of how you manage other 3D printers in your workshop, and use a camera to keep track of the print.

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These are three of my favorite open source projects. They say a lot about what I do with my spare time. What’s your favorite open source project, and what might it reveal about your hobby? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Adebisi Oyawale

    Hola, name is Adebisi Oyawale. Some Information about me: I love cats I love Gardening From Carolina, Puerto Rico Nerdy things like electronics, video games and anime Being a goof ball

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Adebisi Oyawale

Hola, name is Adebisi Oyawale. Some Information about me: I love cats I love Gardening From Carolina, Puerto Rico Nerdy things like electronics, video games and anime Being a goof ball

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