The 12 days of Raspberry Pi-mas

It’s the most wonderful Pi of the year….

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Happy holidays

Well, the holidays are here in deadly earnest, and one of the best ways to avoid them is to coop yourself up in the garage and tinker with a tiny Raspberry Pi computer. Here’s some inspiration, for the hobbyist who can’t get the 12 days of Christmas out of his or her head.

12 drummers drumming…
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12 drummers drumming…

You can use the Raspberry Pi as the foundation of an electronic drums kit, and with the addition of a Wiimote and nunchuk, put your air-drumming expertise to good use.

 

11 pipers piping…
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11 pipers piping…

Sticking with the musical theme, here’s Alberto Marchesini’s Raspberry PiPe project, which is a great name, and let’s give Alberto a further round of Internet applause for creating something that sounds less obnoxious than the real thing.

 

10 lords a-leaping…
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10 lords a-leaping…

Nothing says Christmas like an eerily coordinated hexapod robot that you control with a Leap Motion device. In Queron Williams’ design, the gesture controller talks to a Raspberry Pi mounted on the robot itself to provide a strange reflection of your waving hand.

 

Nine ladies dancing…
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Nine ladies dancing…

Cabe Atwell, over at the Element14 community site, has a way for ladies and gentlemen alike to play Dance Dance Revolution on a working Raspberry Pi arcade cabinet emulator. (With bonus Street Fighter 2 if you get tired of dancing. Nine ladies kicking butt.)

 

Eight maids a-milking…
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Eight maids a-milking…

It won’t milk for you, but it’ll help you keep track of the results of milking, we guess – Terry Reynolds has a Raspberry Pi-powered IoT device that lets you know how much milk you’ve got left in the jug.

 

Seven swans a-swimming…
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Seven swans a-swimming…

Maybe not swans, but if you, yourself, do any swimming at home, Greg Griffes has a clever system for remotely tracking important valves and so forth in your swimming pool. It uses a couple Raspberry Pis, some sensors, rare earth magnets and some strong glue.

 

Six geese a-laying…
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Six geese a-laying…

Swans, geese – come on, it’s a chicken world out there. Here’s a cool system for incubating eggs, if that’s something you want to do. (And who doesn’t?) Along with a Raspberry Pi, it involves a heating element and a motor to turn the eggs.

 

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FIVE GOOOOLDEN RINGS

OK, it’s not real gold, but a luxury case for something as determinedly economical as the Raspberry Pi is sort of missing the point, if you ask us. Still, the Vesalia-made product has got some undeniable style.

Four calling birds…
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Four calling birds…

Call anyone you’d like with a Raspberry Pi smartphone, as designed by Dave Hunt. It might not replace your Galaxy S6 in the near future, but hey, you can’t build a Galaxy S6 in your own home.

 

Three French hens…
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Three French hens…

If you’ve got three French hens, or any other kind of hens, you can keep them in the coop using this Raspberry Pi-powered chicken coop door designed by Eric Escobar. It uses a 12V DC motor to pull the door up and won’t crush the birds if they wander underneath – the door is lowered by gravity alone.

 

Two turtledoves…
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Two turtledoves…

Or, rather, let’s assume that you DON’T want doves, crows, sparrows or anything cute and feathery anywhere near you this Christmas – this dove repeller from Roni Bandini will make sure they stay far away. As a bonus, it’ll probably frighten the hell out of small children, too.

 

And a partridge in a pear tree
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And a partridge in a pear tree

OK, fine, you got me – I can’t think of a single Raspberry Pi project that relates to this line of the song in any possible way. But since we use the phrase, in English, to mean something unrelated to a long series of other things, here is a table hockey game that Steve Whitlow has modified with a Raspberry Pi to play goal horn sounds. Enjoy.