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5 most innovative creations made using Raspberry Pi

The popularity of the Raspberry Pi is surging at an impressively fast rate leading those inclined towards the latest technical advancements to wonder what they could do with the credit card-sized device. And, because of that same interest, you can easily find various DIY projects based on this single-board computer that are not only innovative but incredibly cool.

Being an extremely flexible technology, the Raspberry Pi has been able to offer users a chance to create something useful on their own. With its fully-fledged computing capabilities, the system also flaunts an affordable price tag. Therefore, individuals are leaving no stone unturned to cultivate this device’s full potential.

Not only made for instilling coding skills in beginners, the tool enables experts to build impressive projects without investing too much money in them. From inexpensive robots and machines to sensors and more, the Raspberry Pi is capable of intriguing almost everyone to give it a try. So, if you’re interested in its potential too, here are some of the coolest creations that already exist thanks to the Raspberry Pi.

A tablet

Raspberry Pi lets you create beginners’ tablets flaunting liquid-crystal display (LCD) screens for running basic computational tasks. Being a cheaper alternative for tablets available on the market, these do have some limitations in terms of functionality. To customise the tablet, you can easily choose the screen size, the storage capacity and various other aspects as per your preference. Look no further than the RasPad project, a Raspberry Pi tablet offering access to multiple Raspberry Pi ports. Hence, you can create your own customised tablets by referring to its design guide.

However Raspberry Pi-based tablets aren’t the only projects that you can make, whether you are a beginner or an expert, has a list of the coolest Raspberry Pi Projects that you can build at home.

A 3D scanner

Accessing the OpenScan software along with Raspberry Pi, and the Pi camera v2.1, you too can create an affordable 3D scanner that can capture highly accurate scans with 10 microns resolution without any hassle. An invention by Megel, the OpenScan helps users create their own 3D scanners without investing thousands of dollars in them. 

A Raspberry Pi enabled smartphone

We know that nowadays, buying a smartphone isn’t very tricky, with features you seek by paying the right amount of money. However, constructing your own smartphone sounds way more fun than getting it from the market. So, if you are someone wanting to experiment with Raspberry Pi for building your very own smartphone that actually works, you won’t be disappointed. It is easy to turn your Pi into a phone. That too, for a very affordable cost. 

Also, unlike the smartphones that look almost alike, this Pi-powered phone may look a little weird. But wouldn’t that add more fun to the overall project? Who wants to build a phone that looks no different from the ones available for purchase? To turn Pi into a phone, you will need a compatible touchscreen, a battery pack and a few other components. In addition, you will find all the related instructions for creating the software to run this phone as you like.

A gaming console

Do you love to play games? Well, how about creating your own gaming console? One such example is the NinTIMdo RP project. It is a portable gaming console. The case is 3D printed while housing a 7 inches touchscreen as well as the console buttons. The designer uses the RetroPie emulation software to give life to this creation. With the use of the RetroPie OS and Raspberry Pi, one can play an array of different games such as arcade, Atari games and more. Learn More about the Best Free 3D Modeling Software here and check out Pixpa’s top 29 picks of 3D Modeling Software for designers.

Not just that, you can even buy kits available with cases and controllers to allow you to ease the overall process of building the gaming console.

A Raspberry Pi powered radio

Yes, Raspberry Pi is not just for computing projects—the device can actually accomplish a lot more than that. For instance, using Raspberry Pi, it is possible to send signals over FM airwaves. In other words, you can build your own radio station. Raspberry Pi is perfect for those looking to do something like that. Take an example of the personal Pi-powered radio, the pirate radio that uses a radio receiver, a network cable, an SD card, along with a Raspberry Pi for its construction. Also, you will require a bit of coding to complete the project. 

Apart from using it as the radio station, it is also simple to tune into the radio channels you like.

Among the various projects related to Raspberry Pi, these are some of the most incredible ones that you can try to build at home. All you’ll need is a little patience to follow through with the instructions. You can even customise your project’s existing design to add more functionalities. The Raspberry Pi offers amazing possibilities. Once you start making stuff using the device, you will certainly find more ideas and wonderful tricks to turn the single board computer into something innovative and cool.

Alyx: when blockchain technology meets fashion innovation

In 2015, designer and creative director Matthew Williams decided to channel his vision towards the creation of his own fashion brand 1017 Alyx 9SM. Following an already praised career during which he worked as a creative director with celebrities like Kanye West and other top fashion designers, since the founding of Alyx, Williams has added outstanding collaborations with brands like Moncler, Nike, and Dior Men to his impressive catalogue. Constantly pushing the boundaries of design, technology, and sustainability, Williams announced recently that Alyx was going to be the first brand to introduce blockchain technology to unveil the garment production in a way that is 100 percent accurate.

Sustainability has been part of the brand’s agenda from its start. Alyx uses recycled materials, as well as a leather dyeing process that consumes CO2, and has always been transparent about who—and under what working conditions—the collections have been produced by. Working closely with the worldwide leader in adhesive technologies Avery Dennison and the Internet of Things (IoT) software company Evrythng, Alyx has now implemented supply chain transparency into the brand by launching a blockchain-powered pilot programme on nine of its garments. Taking the brand’s history into consideration, it feels like a natural yet visionary step forward to add blockchain ledgers to its supply chain, making it visible and understandable to clients.

The nine products’ tags now feature a scannable QR code that reveals the entire supply chain history of the garment. According to Vogue Business, the data—which can be accessed by phone—include information about where the materials were sourced, where the product was manufactured, and its shipping movements. With 80 percent of its garments produced in Italy, the process of uploading and tracking the data of the garments is easily doable for Williams. In this transparency procedure, each supplier is in charge of entering the data into the chain.


Not only is this change innovative, but it could also prove the implementation of this feature to be a crucial addition to the brand’s history, and, if it works, to other fashion brands. “That’s what we want to continue to communicate, and that’s what brings value to our pieces,” Williams said. “It becomes a really great storytelling element”. Alyx belongs to that category of brands which promote durability rather than fast-fashion consumerism. In this regard, Williams and Dominique Guinard, founder and chief technology officer at Evrythng, believe that by knowing the digital identity of one garment, or its ‘journey’, customers might get more attached to the product. In an industry where overproduction and exploitation are toxic constants, sustainability and transparency are increasingly demanded by consumers. Alyx’s experimentation with blockchain technology stands as one of the finest examples of fashion innovation. By exposing its own brand’s data, Williams seeks to inspire a new approach in fashion, calling for other designers to follow suit.

The sustainable production process behind Alyx’s collections, which is now traceable thanks to the new technology, makes sure that its aesthetic is coherent with the message. The use of innovative technologies and the emphasis on transparency never overshadow the technical and aesthetic research that makes the brand’s design so on point. Some say that Alyx anticipates design trends, I’d argue that Alyx is doing way more than that. It is paving a path for a new way of thinking about fashion, technology, and most importantly, an industry future that is sustainable.