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7 cool Raspberry Pi 2 projects (and a sweet deal)

7 cool Raspberry Pi 2 projects (and a sweet deal)
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Raspberry Pi 2 is a small and affordable computer that allows you to do just about anything you can imagine. From creating cameras to watch wildlife, to digital picture frames, to automating your home, many of these things can be achieved DIY-style with the affordable micro-computer

Over on The Next Web Deals, there is a bundle deal to help you get started with Raspberry Pi 2, complete with the Raspberry Pi 2 itself, a starter kit, and give how-to videos to help you get started. You can get it all for $115 (that’s 85 percent off the original price of $804).

Not sure what you can do with Raspberry Pi 2? Here are some cool Raspberry Pi projects that are perfect for that brand new shiny bundle from The Next Web Deals.

Raspberry Pi light show

That’s right. You can use the Raspberry Pi to create an amazing light show using Christmas lights. This has been done to sync music to Christmas lights and to create some amazing light displays. Star Wars anyone?

If you get the kit now, you have a good six weeks to get a Christmas display going and be the coolest kid on your block. Here’s how to do it along with all the materials you need to create the best light display using Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi weather station

So if Christmas lights dancing to music isn’t your think, maybe you’re a weather nerd like me and want to make your own weather station using Raspberry Pi. That’s possible as well.

With the Raspberry Pi and a USB weather center, you can create your own personal weather station. This website walks you through exactly how to do it. If you want an alternative, this site also has a really cool weather station setup also using Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi mini thermal printer

Thermal printer
Credit: Phillip Burgess

Ever had the need to print something out small, like a tweet or the weather? This mini Raspberry Pi thermal printer will help you do that.

With being connected to the Internet, you can print out just about anything you want either only once or on a schedule with Raspberry Pi. The possibilities are endless as to what you can print. Check out this site for the how-to.

Raspberry Pi Gameboy

Yes, a Gameboy. Ever wanted to resurrect that old Gameboy you have sitting around? Time to get it out, dust it off, and start getting to work programming your shiny new Raspberry Pi.

Once you get Raspberry Pi working in your Gameboy (complete with the case and everything), you can install emulators to play your favorite games just like you used to. Here’s how you can do just that, with a detailed how-to.

Raspberry Pi Magic Mirror

Who wouldn’t want to live in the future and have the mirror they get ready in front of do awesome stuff, like show you the time, weather, or even give you compliments? You can definitely achieve this using the Raspberry Pi.

Magic Mirror
Credit: Michael Teeuw

Here’s a how-to on how a guy did exactly that. He created a mirror that displays things like the time, temperature, forecast and other things, all powered by the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi Live Wall Calendar

Don’t have enough devices to view your calendar on? No problem with Raspberry Pi. You can create a Raspberry Pi powered Wall Calendar to view your calendar, or even create a nice family calendar that anyone can edit.

Live Wall Calendar
Credit: Piney / Instructables

If you’re looking to create one of your own, here’s how you can do it. Now if you miss a meeting, you can just say “my wall calendar wasn’t updated so I didn’t know.”

Raspberry Pi Minecraft

Tired of your kids (or even maybe a spouse?) taking over your computer to play Minecraft? With Raspberry Pi, you can build them their own dedicated Minecraft machine.

If you have an old computer, monitor, and keyboard sitting around, then getting a dedicated Minecraft station going is easy with Raspberry Pi. Learn exactly how you can create a dedicated Minecraft machine here.

With all of these really cool Raspberry Pi projects that you can tackle, you can get started very affordably with a current bundle going on over at The Next Web Deals, where you can the Raspberry Pi 2, a starter kit, and five how to videos to get you started, all for $115 (that’s saving you 85% off of $804!).