SALE on Raspberry Pi 4 Accessories!

Before we go to the Top 20 Raspberry Pi 4 Projects, we have good news for you makers! Right now, Seeed is having a sale on Raspberry Pi 4 accessories! With this sale, you can now make Raspberry Pi 4 projects at an even lower cost!

What are you waiting for! Use code: ACCESSORIES10 to get 10% off selected Raspberry Pi 4 accessories! Click here to check out what’s on sale!

SALE on Raspberry Pi 3B+ Products

Before we move on, we are also having a sale for Raspberry Pi 3B+ products that you definitely can’t miss out if you own a Raspberry Pi 3B+. They are:

AlphaBot, Raspberry Pi robot building kit

  • This kit comes with Raspberry Pi 3 Model B,AlphaBot robotic platform (line tracking, obstacle avoidance, speed measuring, IR control), and a camera (with servo and 2 DOF pan head).
  • With modules in the kit, you can fast get started with robotic development like line tracking, obstacle avoidance, IR remote control, and video monitoring via network, etc. What’s more, thanks to the rich Raspberry Pi open source resources, and the modular design of AlphaBot, you’ll learn how to extend and refit, and finally build your own Raspberry Pi robot.
  • You can get it now at $50 off the original price at $61.99 using the code ROBOT50!

Raspberry Pi Acrylic DIY Retro Game Arcade Kit

  • This is acrylic DIY Retro Game Arcade Kit which can run the RetroPie which you can just download the Game’s ROMs and upload to it and make it an arcade in your home.
  • You can now get it at only $49.00 which is less than 40% of the original price using the code RETRO80!
  • Interested to know how to make your own Retropie retro game console using the Raspberry Pi 4? Check out our other blog here!

Without further ado, let us jump right in to the Top 20 Raspberry Pi 4 Projects That You Must Try Now!

About Raspberry Pi 4

The RPi 4 is the all new product in the Raspberry Pi series. It boasts ground-breaking processing and performance speed and a huge increase in memory and connectivity compared to the previous Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

This product’s key features includes a high-performance 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-display support at resolutions up to 4K via a pair of micro-HDMI ports, hardware video decode at up to 4Kp60, up to 4GB of RAM, dual-band 2.4/5.0 GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and PoE capability.

You may use older versions of the Raspberry Pi for the projects below, but they definitely would not be as fast and reliable as the RPi 4. They make a big difference when you’re working with the projects. For example, you can expect a much slower Pi-based computer if you are working with a Pi 3 Model A+ instead.

Without further ado, here are 20 amazing and new Raspberry Pi 4 projects to get you started!

1. Build your own Raspberry Pi Computer!

Ref: EveningStandard

With the all new Raspberry Pi 4, you can now build your very own credit-sized computer / laptop at a very affordable price! This computer can power two 4K screens at the same time, allow video and photo editing while having processing power to perform machine-learning. In addition, it has 2 USB3.0 ports and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.

What do you need?

Raspberry Pi 4B – Deskstop Kit – 4GB

  • That is all you need, Just one desktop kit from Seeed!
  • This Seed Raspberry Pi 4 desktop kit has everything you need ranging from a keyboard and a touch pad mouse. We haven’t put a normal keyboard and mouse in the kit since almost all of you have that on hand.
  • This keyboard can also be a remote controller in some scenarios. Imagine if you make a race car with the Raspberry Pi, you can control it just by using this keyboard!
  • This Raspberry Pi 4 desktop kit includes:
    • Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Model B 4GB
    • Wall Adapter Power Supply – 5VDC 3A Type-C
    • Micro SD Card with Card Reader-32GB(Class 10)
    • ABS H-Type Black Case for Raspberry Pi 4 B
    • Micro HDMI to Standard HDMI Male Cable – 1m(Support Pi 4)
    • Cat6 Ethernet Cable – 1 Meter
    • Mini Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad Mouse 

2. Film Your Own Stop Motion Film with Pi

Have you ever wanted to direct your very own stop motion video like Wallace and Gromit? Stop motion videos have endless possibilities which allows users to be able to showcase their creativity which never fails to amaze. So how is stop motion made? With a Raspberry Pi 4 and a Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2 from Seeed, you can do just that!

What do you need?

Raspberry Pi 4 Computer

Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2

You can find the full tutorial here at Makeuseof: Make a Stop Motion Video Rig with a Raspberry Pi

3. Build Your Own Pi Web Server

You can now use your Raspberry Pi to set up a web server! For example, as it can be used to host any website, you can host your own blog!

  • There are many reasons to host your server! For example:
    • Hosting costs are too costly
    • PC running the whole day whole hosting your server can turn out to be costly
    • Raspberry Pi has a low energy usage

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • Raspian Stretch software
  • Powershell SSH software

You can find the full tutorial on how to host your own website on Makeuseof here: How to Host Your Own Website on a Raspberry Pi

4. Raspberry Pi Home security system

Purchasing security system plans have always been expensive. For example a Smart security system can cost up to USD 1500 just for installation and on top of that, you still have to pay monthly fees! So, of course the solution is to build your own Smart Security System using the Raspberry Pi 4.

For example, you can track who opened your fridge!
Ref: pyimagesearch

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • Raspberry Pi Camera Module V2
  • Amazon AWS/S3 software
  • Twilio software

You can find the whole tutorial here at pyimagesearch: Building a Raspberry Pi security camera with OpenCV

5. Home Automation System with Pi

Ref: James Bruce

Home automation systems too expensive or too troublesome? Want to control lights in your house automatically? Well with this system you can control almost anything you want in your house. With the Raspberry Pi 4 fast processing speed and performance power, your home automation system will be much more amazing.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

You can find the step by step tutorial here at Makeuseof: Getting Started with OpenHAB Home Automation on Raspberry Pi

6. Build a virtual Jukebox

Ref: Amazon

Remember this? This is a retro Jukebox which is an automated music-playing device, usually a coin-operated machine, that will play a user selection from self-contained media. Now you can build your own Retro MP3 Jukebox with the Raspberry Pi 4!

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • Raspbian Stretch Lite software
  • Fruitbox software

You can find the full tutorial here at Raspberrypi.org: Fruitbox MP3 jukebox

7. Create a Social Media Bot

Bots may be annoying sometimes on social media and most of the social media bots are just spam. However, there are useful things you can do with a social media bot as well! For example, you can create a twitter bot to tweet about current news.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • Node.js on Raspbian
  • Twitter APP and account

You can find the full tutorial on how to create your own Twitter bot on Makeuseof here: How to Build a Photo Tweeting Twitter Bot With Raspberry Pi and Node.js

8. Build a Pi Network Monitoring Tool

Ref: SDMmag

Do you want to know what is causing your slow wifi or who is on your network? With the Raspberry Pi 4, you can now monitor and visualize the devices on your network and many more.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

You can find the full tutorial on how to monitor your own website on Makeuseof here: Turn Your Raspberry Pi into a Network Monitoring Tool

9. Build and control your own Raspberry Pi Robot

Ever wanted to build and control your very sports car? With the new Raspberry Pi 4 the faster processing speeds and network makes for better control either by code or remote.

What do you need (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

Here at Seeed, we offer various robot kits for you to innovate and play around:

4WD Smart Robot Car 4 Wheel 2 Layer Chassis Kit

  • 4WD intelligent robot car 4 wheel 2 layer chassis kit is a simple robot car, consisting of TT motor, acrylic chassis, M3 screws. It’s very easy to build your own car chassis.

Robot car Kit-58mm Omnidirectional Wheel Chassis Smart Car Chassis Kit

  • The three-wheel drive unidirectional wheel platform uses unidirectional wheel technology for unidirectional motion.
  • You can design and make indoor mobile robots, you can use motor encoder for positional closed loop, high-precision gyroscope and laser radar or camera, realize robot by SLAM algorithm.

Mecanum Wheel Chassis with Suspension

  • The Mecanum wheel chassis robot is a unidirectional mobile chassis developed based on the open-source hardware platform.
  • It is suitable where space is narrow and unidirectional steering is suitable for applications such as robots, wheelchairs, and transportation vehicles.

Two Wheels Balance Car Chassis with JGA25 Motor Kit 

  • The kit uses JGA25 DC geared motors and optical encoders for higher motor control accuracy and double-layer acrylic plates for easy placement of sensors and development boards.
  • With this kit, you can DIY and assemble the balance car, mini Segway, select the right sensor and development board, and maintain the balance of the body by controlling the rotation of the motor.

With sensors added, you can also do more with the robots. For example, you can have a self driving robot car! You can check out Seeed sensors here! Seeed Grove Sensors

10. Pi Touchscreen Tablet


Ever wanted to have your own tablet without causing a hole in your wallet? With the new Raspberry Pi 4, you can now own a tablet that cost less than USD 200. You can play games, watch videos and many more on this tablet.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • The 7″ Touchscreen Monitor for Raspberry Pi gives users the ability to create all-in-one, integrated projects such as tablets, infotainment systems and embedded projects.
  • Features:
    • 7″ Touchscreen Display.
    • Screen Dimensions: 194 mm x 110 mm x 20 mm (including standoffs)
    • Viewable screen size: 155 mm x 86 mm
    • Screen Resolution 800 × 480 pixels
    • 10 finger capacities touch.
    • Connects to the Raspberry Pi board using a ribbon cable connected to the DSI port.
    • Adapter board is used to power the display and convert the parallel signals from the display to the serial (DSI) port on the Raspberry Pi.
  • You will also need the latest version of Raspbian Operating System.

Full tutorial on how to set up your tablet can be found here:
Raspberry Pi 7 inch Touchscreen Display

11. Raspberry Pi Home Media Centre

Ever wanted to have your own home media centre? With the Raspberry Pi 4 you can now have 4K streaming and an even faster networking at the comfort at your own home with a low cost.

What do you need?

  • The Kit Contains everything you need to get you started from:
    • Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Model B 4GB
    • Wall Adapter Power Supply – 5VDC 3A Type-C
    • Micro SD Card with Card Reader-32GB(Class 10)
    • ABS H-Type Black Case for Raspberry Pi 4 B
    • Micro HDMI to Standard HDMI Male Cable – 1m(Support Pi 4)
    • Cat6 Ethernet Cable – 1 Meter
    • ReSpeaker 2-Mics Pi HAT
    • Mono Enclosed Speaker – 2W 6 Ohm
  • This Raspberry pi 4 kit exclusively accessories like our ReSpeaker 2-Mics Pi HAT together with a speaker. This means that you can also make some music projects or language recognition functions with your media centre kit!
  • Imagine going into your room and talking to the mirror, and it tells you the latest news. With this kit, your dream can come true.

You can find the full tutorial on how to build your own media centre on Makeuseof here: Install Kodi to Turn Your Raspberry Pi Into a Home Media Center

12. Pi-based Retro Gaming System

The Raspberry Pi have always been popular to use as a retro gaming machine. The Raspberry Pi 4 now with faster processing speeds and better performance, it has the potential now to run games that were previously beyond Pi’s power.

What do you need?

  • This kit has everything you need to get you started on setting up your retro gaming system.
  • It includes:
    • Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Model B 4 GB
    • Wall Adapter Power Supply – 5VDC 3A Type-C
    • Micro SD Card with Card Reader-32 GB(Class 10) 
    • ABS H-Type Black Case for Raspberry Pi 4 B (Contains Fans and Heat Sinks)
    • Micro HDMI to Standard HDMI Male Cable – 1 m(Support Pi 4)
    • Cat6 Ethernet Cable – 1 Meter

13. Build a Game server using Raspberry Pi

Want to play games on your own terms? Want to own your own world or server? You can run various game servers on the Raspberry Pi like Minecraft, Doom, Terraria etc. With the Raspberry Pi 4, your server can now be further improved and upgraded.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

You can find the full tutorial on how to build your own game server on Makeuseof here: 10 Game Servers You Can Run on a Raspberry Pi

14. Make your own Pi-Network Attached Storage (NAS) device

Do you require network storage but do not want to pay $500 for a NAS device? With a Raspberry Pi 4 and a few spare drives, you can build yourself a neat Network Attached Storage. With a super-speed USB 3.0 ports and proper Gigabit Ethernet, the Raspberry Pi 4 will give your network storage a big speed boost compared to the Raspberry Pi 3.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • 2 × External USB drives (minimum)
  • Gigabit Ethernet (recommended
  • Raspbian Buster Lite OS
  • USB3.0 HUB 4 ports

You can find the full tutorial on how to build a Raspberry Pi NAS on RaspberryPi here: Build a Raspberry Pi NAS

15. Raspberry Pi Wireless Bridge

Fancy faster internet and general network? At a hotel with no Wi-Fi except via an Ethernet Cable? The Raspberry Pi 4 is here to rescue you! Acting as a wireless bridge, it offers a much faster and secure internet on an open network. Now, you do not have to worry about having slow internet ever again with the Raspberry Pi 4.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

You can find the full tutorial on how to build a simple Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi “Bridge” on Instructables here: A Simple Raspberry Pi Wi-Fi “Bridge”

16. Control a motor using Artificial intelligence

Ever wanted to control a robot with your voice? With more power and network speeds, using online APIs to do voice recognition is much easier now using the Raspberry Pi 4.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • As seen above, this voice kit allows you to build your own natural language recognizer device and connect it to the Google Assistant.
  • Along with everything the Google Assistant already does, you can add your own question and answer pairs.
  • It’s easy to assemble, everything is included in a lovely cardboard with an arcade-style button on top.

You can find the full tutorial on how to control a motor using Artificial intelligence on RaspberryPi here: Control a Motor with the AIY Projects Voice Hat

17. Create a game using Raspberry Pi

Ref: Scratch

With Scratch 3 now on Raspberry Pi and new blocks for the Sense Hat, this means you can do much more on your Raspberry Pi 4 including creating a game! In this example, you will be creating an amazing racing game using the Raspberry Pi as a steering wheel.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • The Sense HAT supports a whole host of projects for the Raspberry Pi, it can measure how fast is the Pi itself travelling (i.e. measure your speed), which direction is the Raspberry Pi facing etc.
  • This Pibow for the Raspberry Pi Model B+ is redesigned with add-on boards in mind. The Model B+ Rainbow is a sleek, durable and attractive case crafted out of eight unique layers.
  • Each layer is laser-cut from colorful high-quality cast acrylic and once stacked they securely contain a Raspberry Pi Model B+ while leaving the primary ports, including the camera port, accessible.

You can find the full tutorial on how to make a Scratch 3 Sense Hat game on RaspberryPi here: Make a Scratch 3 Sense HAT game

18. Play even more games

Ref: Makeuseof

Games have always been a must-have on a Raspberry Pi. Did you know, there are games that you can play on the Raspberry Pi even without an Emulator? Like actual games can be installed on the Raspberry Pi! With the new processing and performance power of Raspberry Pi 4, you can now play even more games!

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • Respective games Code (to install the games)

You can find 11 games Raspberry Pi games you can play without Emulators here: 11 Classic Raspberry Pi Games You Can Play Without Emulators

19. Control Servos

The Raspberry Pi 4 is perfect for controlling robots with its fast processing speed and performance power. In combination with CircuitPython, controlling a robot will be much easier.

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

You can find the full tutorial on how to control servos with CircuitPython and Raspberry Pi on RaspberryPi here: Control Servos with CircuitPython and Raspberry Pi

20. Build a ROS robot using Raspberry Pi

Another robot?! With Raspberry Pi 4 fast processing and performance speed, it is no surprise that it is the preferred computer for building robots. With ROS Melodic Morenia on the Raspberry Pi 4, you can now build your ROS robot on top of the Raspberry Pi 4

What do you need? (Besides Raspberry Pi 4)

  • RP LIDAR A1 is a low cost 360 degree 2D laser scanner (LIDAR) solution developed by SLAMTEC.
    • The system can perform 360degree scan within 6meter range. The produced 2D point cloud data can be used in mapping, localization and object/environment modeling.  
    • RP LIDAR A1 is basically a laser triangulation measurement system. It can work excellent in all kinds of indoor environment and outdoor environment without sunlight.
  • Microsoft Kinect Sensor
  • ROS Robot Operating System

You can find the full tutorial on how to install ROS Melodic on the Raspberry Pi 4 (Debian Buster) + RPLIDAR A1M8 here: ROS Melodic on Raspberry Pi 4 [Debian Buster] + RPLIDAR A1M8

Summary

These are just some Raspberry Pi 4 projects for you to get your brain juices flowing! With the amazing processing speeds and performance power on the Raspberry Pi 4, there are so many more things for you to do and experiment! These projects can be easily expanded and flexible for you to play around with the Raspberry Pi 4.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on your first project and get your own Raspberry Pi 4 now here!
Raspberry Pi 4 Computer Model B 4 GB

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