Book Image

Raspberry Pi Zero W Wireless Projects

By : Vasilis Tzivaras
Book Image

Raspberry Pi Zero W Wireless Projects

By: Vasilis Tzivaras

Overview of this book

The Raspberry Pi has always been the go–to, lightweight ARM-based computer. The recent launch of the Pi Zero W has not disappointed its audience with its $10 release. "W" here stands for Wireless, denoting that the Raspberry Pi is solely focused on the recent trends for wireless tools and the relevant use cases. This is where our book—Raspberry Pi Zero W Wireless Projects—comes into its own. Each chapter will help you design and build a few DIY projects using the Raspberry Pi Zero W board. First, you will learn how to create a wireless decentralized chat service (client-client) using the Raspberry Pi's features?. Then you will make a simple two-wheel mobile robot and control it via your Android device over your local Wi-Fi network. Further, you will use the board to design a home bot that can be connected to plenty of devices in your home. The next two projects build a simple web streaming security layer using a web camera and portable speakers that will adjust the playlist according to your mood. You will also build a home server to host files and websites using the board. Towards the end, you will create free Alexa voice recognition software and an FPV Pi Camera, which can be used to monitor a system, watch a movie, spy on something, remotely control a drone, and more. By the end of this book, you will have developed the skills required to build exciting and complex projects with Raspberry Pi Zero W.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

What this book covers

Chapter 1, Introduction to Raspberry Pi Zero W, will introduce the new board with the wireless extension. We will mention some modules that you can buy with and give a general overview of the new board.

Chapter 2, IoT and Networking, will talk about Internet of Things. Raspberry Pi Zero W is very small, which makes it a perfect board for IoT projects. It is also equipped with Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), which minimizes the energy consumption. Lastly, we will give an introduction to networking and how you will interact with the board.

Chapter 3, Chatbot, will develop a chatbot. Chatbots are ubiquitous nowadays and usually consist of a client and a server. So we will start by creating a client and then end the chapter by implementing the server side. We will also mention some protocols that chatbots use.

Chapter 4, Mobile Robot, will be devoted to robotics. You will learn how to build a two-wheeled mobile robot, and through the chapter you will learn the fundamentals of robotics that are necessary skills for developing any kind of robot.

Chapter 5, Home Bot, explains how to build a home bot and automate your home with commands from a local website or your mobile phone. A general system of home automation will be implemented and described.

Chapter 6, Security Camera, will demonstrate the implementation of a security system. Adding a camera to your home makes it smarter, and you can always see and record what is going on.

Chapter 7, Portable Speakers, chapter is about music. Since the Raspberry Pi Zero W is quite small, it is pretty easy to make it portable and add some speakers to listen to your favorite music wherever you want. You only need a powerbank and you can get your music with you.

Chapter 8, WebPi Hosting, is about web hosting and developing. With the Raspberry Pi Zero W board you can host websites and develop simple sites to help you control your home and automate things. Through this chapter you will learn how to make a website, upload it to the Raspberry Pi, and publish it to the world.

Chapter 9, AlexaPi, is about the Alexa Voice Service (AVS) from Amazon. We will upload the AVS to our Raspberry Pi Zero W board and develop a system that allows us to control anything that is connected to the AVS. We can also, talk with Alexa and get answers in questions such as What time is it?

Chapter 10, WeatherPi, will develop a weathering station with which you can monitor your home or any place you want and get measurements of the temperature and the humidity of the place.