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Bask in 12 glorious 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. Be sure to click through the links to see these inventions in action!

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.