Issue #47_SI: MakerSpace #03 / Apr 2023

Cover Theme: Hands-on Projects for Makers


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Hands-On Projects for Makers

Welcome to MakerSpace #03, our latest collection of exciting, hands-on projects. At Maker Space, we care about technology that lets you build your own stuff. It is where you can let your ideas materialize.


Solar-Powered Pi Pico
Powering your Pi Pico with solar might not solve the current energy crisis, but it will save you from changing batteries.

Turn your Raspberry Pi 4 into an RFID tag reader using inexpensive components for the SPI interface.

KOReader E-Reader
KOReader offers enough features to transform your reading experience.

Home Laser
Execute your own laser cutting projects with the FLUX beamo laser and a Raspberry Pi Board B10001.

New Tech Retrofit
An electronic project at a local science center was showing its age. Arduino to the rescue!

Gemini Protocol
Create Gemini pages to show sensor data or control a Raspberry Pi rover.

Pluggable Pi Systems
Ecosystems with pluggable Raspberry Pi modules, sensors, and displays are a great choice if you don't want to solder but still want to extend your hardware.

Automatic Fish Feeder
Whether at work or on vacation, every pet lover worries about how to take care of their little roommate. What aquarium owners need is an automatic feeder.

Garden Irrigation
With a Pi Zero and a few components, you can build an inexpensive and reliable automated watering system for your plants.

Z-Wave Home Assistant
Z-Wave components, a RaZberry module, and the free Home Assistant software turn the Raspberry Pi into a powerful smart home control center.

When it comes to reviving old games, FPGAs offer a more authentic experience than software emulators. The MiSTer FPGA delivers one of the best solutions for retro gaming.

Legacy DOS Games on the Pi
Play old DOS games on the Dosbian operating system, which turns the Raspberry Pi into an 80486 PC.

Before MS-DOS, there was an older OS ecosystem: Welcome to the ancient world of CP/ M.

BBC Basic Interpreter
BBC BASIC can run on old and new computers. Learn more about using a classic computer language that is perfect for beginners.

Create lightweight Raspberry Pi scripts with Xonsh, a Python shell that lets you write scripts in Python with Bash commands mixed in.

Assembler on Pi
Talk to your Raspberry Pi in its native assembler language.

Access the Raspberry Pi's GPIO
The popular wiringPi library is no longer under maintenance by its developer. An alternative called Pigpio has arrived just in time.

CircuitMess Nibble
The Nibble kit by CircuitMess is a freely programmable mobile game console that makes it easy to get started with microcontroller programming.

Pico Sleep Mode
The Raspberry Pi Pico's high-performance chip is trimmed for I/ O and does not try to save power. However, a few tricks in battery mode can keep your Pico running longer.

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