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Five Unexpected Uses for Raspberry Pis

We love Raspberry Pis here at Stratodesk –and not just the ones that grandma makes for desert.

Which is why we’ve worked with our partners Citrix, Ncomputing, and ViewSonic to create the HDX Ready Pi –the enterprise grade Thin Client. Our Raspberry Pi runs on NoTouch OS, our fabled Thin Client OS, and comes equipped with our Virtual Appliance, and of course NoTouch Center.

As you can see, we really do love Raspberry Pis. So to share our enthusiasm, we took a look at what other folks are doing with Raspberry Pis, and compiled this list of five unexpected uses for everybody’s favorite Pi.

#1 Infrared Birdhouse

Are you a bird watching fanatic? There’s groups for that. But there’s nothing better than watching from home as birds enjoy the feast you prepared for them in your birdhouse. And, apparently, that’s now possible. The Infrared Birdhouse, built using the Raspberry Pi, detects when the bird approaches, and activates the cam. It’s bird watching at its finest. Maybe ping Morgan Freeman and see if he can provide narration for your very own version of planet earth.

#2. Home Automation Control

Maybe this guy has spent too much time watching SiFi, but it’s still pretty cool. You can actually program your Raspberry Pi to open your garage, or change the thermostat. Anyone out there thinking of trying this one?

#3. Bike Navigation

So incase you are in need of a visible navigation system for your morning bike commute to work, you may want to consider the Raspberry Pi. Well…that is if you have a kindle lying around. This guy actually rewired his kindle to work as a navigation system. It’s a pretty good idea, especially if you don’t like squinting at small screens while booking it to your morning meeting.

#4. Mouse Trap

Need to get rid of some pesky mice? Just because they are unwanted guests doesn’t mean you can’t be civil about it. This Tech Geek/visionary created a mouse trap that not only traps the little critter inside without harming it, the camera even snaps a picture and sends it to your phone, informing you that the cat and mouse game is over. Okay, so this is a pretty similar idea to the birdhouse thing, but we still think it’s pretty cool.

#5. Raspberry Pi as an enterprise grade Thin Client

Tada! We’ve managed to bring this full circle –but it really still bears being mentioned. A few years ago, nobody thought this was possible. But Stratodesk has created an enterprise grade management solution for the Raspberry Pi, one that allows for Dual View, Skype for Business, and even works at an FPS high enough to stream high graphics video games.

There you have it –our five picks for the most unexpected and coolest uses for Raspberry Pis. Have you created anything awesome using the Raspberry Pi? Share your project in the comments below and we might even feature it in our next blog.

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Five Unexpected Uses for Raspberry Pis

We love Raspberry Pis here at Stratodesk –and not just the ones that grandma makes for desert.

Which is why we’ve worked with our partners Citrix, Ncomputing, and ViewSonic to create the HDX Ready Pi –the enterprise grade Thin Client. Our Raspberry Pi runs on NoTouch OS, our fabled Thin Client OS, and comes equipped with our Virtual Appliance, and of course NoTouch Center.

As you can see, we really do love Raspberry Pis. So to share our enthusiasm, we took a look at what other folks are doing with Raspberry Pis, and compiled this list of five unexpected uses for everybody’s favorite Pi.

#1 Infrared Birdhouse

Are you a bird watching fanatic? There’s groups for that. But there’s nothing better than watching from home as birds enjoy the feast you prepared for them in your birdhouse. And, apparently, that’s now possible. The Infrared Birdhouse, built using the Raspberry Pi, detects when the bird approaches, and activates the cam. It’s bird watching at its finest. Maybe ping Morgan Freeman and see if he can provide narration for your very own version of planet earth.

#2. Home Automation Control

Maybe this guy has spent too much time watching SiFi, but it’s still pretty cool. You can actually program your Raspberry Pi to open your garage, or change the thermostat. Anyone out there thinking of trying this one?

#3. Bike Navigation

So incase you are in need of a visible navigation system for your morning bike commute to work, you may want to consider the Raspberry Pi. Well…that is if you have a kindle lying around. This guy actually rewired his kindle to work as a navigation system. It’s a pretty good idea, especially if you don’t like squinting at small screens while booking it to your morning meeting.

#4. Mouse Trap

Need to get rid of some pesky mice? Just because they are unwanted guests doesn’t mean you can’t be civil about it. This Tech Geek/visionary created a mouse trap that not only traps the little critter inside without harming it, the camera even snaps a picture and sends it to your phone, informing you that the cat and mouse game is over. Okay, so this is a pretty similar idea to the birdhouse thing, but we still think it’s pretty cool.

#5. Raspberry Pi as an enterprise grade Thin Client

Tada! We’ve managed to bring this full circle –but it really still bears being mentioned. A few years ago, nobody thought this was possible. But Stratodesk has created an enterprise grade management solution for the Raspberry Pi, one that allows for Dual View, Skype for Business, and even works at an FPS high enough to stream high graphics video games.

There you have it –our five picks for the most unexpected and coolest uses for Raspberry Pis. Have you created anything awesome using the Raspberry Pi? Share your project in the comments below and we might even feature it in our next blog.

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