1964 Dansette Pi Internet Radio (July 2020)
This stylish mid-1960s Dansette portable radio is now playing the 21st century’s finest internet radio stations thanks to a loving upgrade. The centre of the tuning dial has been replaced with a bright LCD display showing the icon for the current radio station, with a convex glass bubble lens adding to the vintage aesthetic.
The trio of clicky little buttons on top control the power and let you skip up or down through a set of eight station presets. The dials peeping out at each corner are actually large, tactile micro-switch buttons for precisely controlling the volume.
First Prize, Instructables Audio Contest 2020
1979 Merlin Pi High Quality Camera (June 2020)
The interchangeable camera lens peeps out from what was the battery cover on the rear, and on the front, the matrix of buttons has been replaced by a HyperPixel four inch capacitive touchscreen. Still, video, time-lapse and slow motion modes are all available on the colourful touch menu, as well as the option to bulk-upload the captured photo and video files to Dropbox.
Additional touches include a handy tripod mount in Merlin’s base, and hardware buttons to manually capture images and video.
Tele-LED Comfort Break Reminder (May 2020)
This old and unusual dial-less telephone now helps well-being and productivity to co-exist in the home office! Beneath its vintage grille a neopixel ring lights up its 24 LEDs in sequence for an hour, switching to an eye-catching rainbow display when it’s time to take a break. Ignore the rainbow and the LED ring starts flashing red, accompanied by a subtle but un-ignorable beep from the phone’s original buzzer unit.
To cancel the beeping or reset the timer at any time I just need to either press the button on the phone or momentarily lift the handset – both of which force me to get up and walk across the room, then seeing as I’m up anyway I may as well stretch my legs, grab a coffee….you see how it works.
Second Prize, Instructables Work From Home Speed Challenge 2020
Apollo Pi Thermal Camera (April 2020)
This vintage Apollo microwave detector now has a shiny new purpose as a thermal camera, powered by a Raspberry Pi Zero with an Adafruit thermal camera sensor taking the temperatures, displaying the results in real-time on a bright 1.3″ TFT display.
Cassette Pi IoT Scroller (February 2020)
The Cassette Pi is a self-contained real-time notification scroller, all housed neatly inside a transparent cassette tape. A Raspberry Pi Zero is sandwiched between the two tape reels, retrieving all manner of Internet of Things notifications from the fabulous IFTTT (If This, Then That) service, delivered almost instantly to the Pi via an Adafruit.IO feed and a Python script. The whole cassette vibrates to alert you to the incoming notification, and the text is then scrolled clearly across a Pimoroni 11×7 LED display.
Runner Up, Instructables Raspberry Pi Contest 2020
1984 WeatherMan Pi (December 2019)
The WeatherMan Pi is an ambient weather display with early 80s style – animated weather icons, scrolling temperature text and graphical rainfall probability are displayed on a Pimoroni Unicorn HAT HD LED matrix, showing brightly through what was originally the cassette window. When weather conditions change the servo-controlled headphones on top sweep back & forth to alert you.
2nd Prize, Instructables Reuse Contest 2019
Dr. Tape Head (October 2019)
A fencing mask with moving laser eyes and Amazon Polly text-to speech, fed via Google Sheets and IFTTT. The doctor flashes his lasers through self-generated clouds of vapour and reads out notifications from Twitter, Google Assistant and many more services through headphone speakers. He also has a lovely head of cassette tape hair!
1970 Flirt Pi Internet Radio (October 2019)
A beautiful transistor radio from 1970, faithfully converted into an internet radio re-using all of the original control buttons.
1980s Joystick USB Conversion (September 2019)
An original Cheetah 125 joystick from the 1980s, transformed into a practical controller for RetroPie
1963 Pi Tourer Game Console (August 2019)
A 1963 Sky Tourer car radio converted into a portable RetroPie console
2nd Prize, Instructables Games Contest 2019
1970s E-Ink YouTube Counter (July 2019)
An E-Ink display set in an iconic 1970s clock, displaying channel statistics from YouTube.
1st Prize, Instructables IoT Challenge 2019
1986 Ping Video Doorbell (April 2019)
A 1986 Intercom, upgraded to make video calls using Google Duo when the doorbell is pressed.
Rotary Tuning with the Pi TV HAT (November 2018)
Using the Raspberry Pi TV HAT to stream freeview to a converted portable TV, changing channels with the original rotary dial
Retro-Fit a Google Home Mini (October 2018)
Wall-mounting a Google Home Mini in a stylish vintage cassette player.
Casio Pi CCTV Monitor (October 2018)
A pocket TV from the 80s, upgraded with a Raspberry Pi Zero to play video streams from a CCTV camera.
1975 Hitachi Pi Info-TV (December 2017)
A portable TV from the 1980s, playing video streams and displaying dashboard information & web pages using a Raspberry Pi.
1930s Kodak Pi Notification Lamp (October 2017)
A vintage slide viewer, converted into an IoT device displaying colour notifications.
1986 Google Pi Intercom (July 2017)
A 1980s intercom given new purpose as a Google Assistant using the AIY projects kit for Raspberry Pi.
Pi Zero Talking Radio (October 2016)
An old radio converted into an IoT device, using text-to-speech to read out a range of notifications, with glowing multi-colour dial
Raspberry Pi Batinator (July 2016)
A battery drill and a Pi NoIr camera combined to make a handheld device for capturing footage of bats in total darkness.
Rabbit Pi (June 2016)
An early Nabaztag IoT device, converted with a Raspberry Pi to accept spoken Alexa instructions and capture images, with ear-wiggling and LED feedback.
1970s Neon Infinity Television (April 2016)
A 1970s TV with infinity effect, using a one-way mirror and neon display, controlled with the tuning dial.
1970s Raspberry Pi AlexaPhone (April 2016)
A trimphone that uses the Amazon Alexa service to respond to voice commands and questions.
1979 Bang & Olufsen Pi Internet Radio (June 2015)
An iconic 1970s cassette deck, converted into an internet radio using the original buttons and sliders to control station selection and volume.
1981 Raspberry Pi VCR Media Centre (January 2015)
A rare vertical VCR, upgraded with a Raspberry Pi running OSMC (Kodi), a pop-out USB hub in the tape and a built-in 15″ HD display on the rear
Retro-Future TV Conversion (August 2014)
An early TV conversion, making a 1980s portable into a wall-mounted PC monitor.
Google Voice Search-O-Matic (June 2014)
In the days before digital assistants, a converted intercom phone and AutoHotKey scripts perform Google voice searches on a laptop.
Russian TV Digital Photo Frame (June 2014)
A sweet little portable TV, showing a slideshow of TV channel idents and pages from Ceefax on a digital photo frame
1970s TV Monitor Conversion (June 2014)
Basic conversion of a 1970s TV into a PC monitor – still in daily use in 2019.
Vintage Radio Android PC (June 2014)
In the days before Raspberry Pi took hold there was the APC (Android PC) single board computer. It was a bit rubbish but made a nice practical conversion for this vintage radio.
Transistor Radio LED Torch (July 2013)
A lovely little transistor radio, converted into a torch with the on/off controlled by the original volume dial.
EL Wire Cassette Tape Pendant (March 2013)
My first documented project, replacing the tape in a cassette with glowing electroluminescent wire. Still working in 2019.